Lonavala


Lonavala occupies a prestigious place among the tourist destinations of Maharashtra and is a magnificent hill station visited by a large number of tourists each year. Its misty valleys, lush greenery, milky waterfalls and a pleasant climate are some of its salient features that characterize this place. It is rightly referred to as the “Jewel of the Sahyadri Mountains”. There are many tourist attractions in Lonavala that must be visited during a tour to Lonavala.

The tourist attractions in Lonavala are not only scenic but also man-made such as temples and magnificent dams that simply add to the delight.

How to Get There?

Air: Nearest airport is situated in Pune at 64-km.

Rail: Lonavala is on the main railway line between Mumbai and Pune. All express trains between the two cities stop here. There is also an hourly shuttle service for Pune

Road: Lonavala is situated on the Mumbai Pune Highway. One can take the Express Highway as well as the National Highway. It is 104-km from Mumbai and 64-km from Pune. The bus service between Lonavala and Mumabai is good. Travelers can hire bicycles on hourly basis to travel around Lonavala
Attractions

Karla Caves

Situated on the Pune-Mumbai Road, Karla Caves are approximately 40 km away from the city of Pune. These caves date back to the 2nd century BC and represent the golden period of Buddhism in India. The major attractions of the Karla Caves consist of the Chaitya Hall, beautifully chiseled sculptures and pillars adorned with incredible architecture. The magnificent structural design of the Chaitya Hall makes it a must see. Even the rooftop, made up of teakwood, has been exquisitely carved.

One of the pillars of the Karla caves has four lions at the top. This design has been adopted as the national emblem of India. There are a number of rock-cut sculptures inside the caves, displaying animals as well as various forms of human life. There is also a stone stupa, placed under an umbrella and carved with figures of men, women and elephants. The 37 pillars chiseled with the figures of prosperous men and women on elephants, bowing before Lord Buddha, add to the attraction of Karla caves.

The Karla cave complex comprises of a number of chaityas i.e., prayer halls, which have been carved with great precision. Then, there are also a number of viharas, dwelling places for the monks, which have been similarly ornamented. All these chaityas and viharas date back to the time of the Hinayana Buddhists and have arched entrances and vaulted interiors. There are no images of Lord Buddha in the caves, only symbolical descriptions. The portico of Karla caves is carved in such a way so as to give it an appearance of finished wood and has a large horseshoe arch as the central motif. The monuments at Karla are at a distance of 11 km. From Lonavla and just a little off the Bombay- Pune road.
 
 Rajmachi Point
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rajmachi Point is also another point of tourist interest located around 6.5 km from L onavala, on the way from Mumbai to the hill station. Lying just before the point from where the Ghat starts, this spot offers visitors amazing views of the Rajmachi Fort, situated in the valley below.
 
The Tungarli Lake
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Tungarli Lake is a picturesque spot of Lonavala at distance of 100 km away from Lonavala. It is visited by most tourists. The natural setting of this lake enchants the senses of any romantic. It is an artificial reservoir in Lonavala. This lake is the major source of water supply to Lonavala city. There is a dam across the Tungarli Lake. During monsoons the lake fills with water and during summer the scarcity of water is a common problem.The Tungarli Lake is located at scenic surroundings and the well maintained lakeside add the beauty of the place. The garden near the dam site is a nice location for evening walks and hang outs.
If you are traveling  with children then –
  • You can go to the Ryewood Park which is a picturesque hang out in the hill station Lonavala. It is located very close to Lonavala Market. This Park has plenty of grounds with greenish lawns and playing grounds for children. The Park is blessed with many varieties of trees which are decades old. It was a botanical garden and later converted to a Park. The present day garden has many facilities for merry making and is thriving with many varieties of flowers. It’s a weekend hang out for many families. Children enjoy the playing facilities
    in the Park. One can get the pure air in this
    park.

  • Shivaji Udyan which is a sprawling garden and features tall trees located at 3 km from Lonavla Station. The garden has ample space for the children to play. A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is also built here.

  • The nature lovers can make their way to Bhushi Dam which is an excellent picnic spot ideal for spending some quality time with family or with friends. A waterfall near the dam is a popular spot between Lonavla and I.N.S. Shivaji.   
Valvan Dam deserves a special mention among the Lonavala tourist attractions since it is an ideal place for spending some peaceful moments in the evening. It is situated near Lonavala, at a distance of approximately 2 km from the town. One of the major attractions of the dam is a beautiful garden, located at its foot. It is the main source of water for the Khopoli power station.The other tourist attractions in Lonavala that are equally enchanting are – Lonavala Lake - is surrounded by natural scenery, about 1.6 km from the town. The lake dries up during the winter months.
 
Tiger’s Leap - Tiger's Leap is a cliff-top with a sheer drop of over 650 m, giving an extensive view. Buses are available up to I.N.S. Shivaji and the remaining distance of about 1.6 km has to be covered on foot.

Lohagad Fort -  A robust climb of about 11.2 km from Malavali Railway Station takes you to the 'Iron Fort', once a formidable battle-station of Shivaji. The fort commands a view of the surrounding hills and hamlets.

Lion’s Point -  Scenic point midway between Bhushi Dam and Amby Valley.
 

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