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Lonavala Tourism Guide

Lonavala is popular weekend destination from Pune, Mumbai and Thane especially in monsoon season. Lonavla and the adjacent Khandala are twin hill stations in the Sahyadri ranges that demarcate the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan coast. Lonavla is also home to INS Shivaji which is the Indian Navy's Premier Technical Training Institute. The famous tourist places of Lonavala includes Aai Ekvira Temple, Celebrity Wax Museum, Narayani Temple, Karla & Bhaja caves, Korigad fort, Lohgad, Visapur fort and many more. Lonavala also features many trekking and monsoon spots like Bhushi dam, Rajmachi and Kondana Caves, Duke’s Nose. Water and Adventure resorts parks like Kumar resorts and Della Adventure are popular and attract many tourists from Mumbai and Pune region. Eateries like Ram Krishna, Maganlal Chikki and Cooper's Fudge will give memorable experience.

Tourist Places in Lonavala

Aai Ekvira Temple, Lonavla

(9 km from Lonavla, 57 km from Pune, 104 km from Mumbai, 167 km from Satara)

Just besides Karla caves, Ekvira Aai's temple is located and thousands of devotees mainly fishermen visit the temple throughout the year.

Celebrity Wax Museum, Lonavala

(Timings: 9.00 am to 9.30 pm, www.celebritywaxmuseum.com/lonavala/index.html)

The Celebrity Wax Museum is an exciting interactive visitor attraction located in the heart of Kochi and Lonavala city. The Celebrity Wax museum is an outstandingly original visitor attraction and has been designed to deliver an interactive experience taking you on a journey through wax effigy, the exceptional life-like wax work characters you can expect at the Celebrity Wax Museum. The Celebrity Wax Museum offers a museum experience unlike any other whether you are young, old, a culture vulture, or fun seeker, male or female, star struck or star studded.

Narayani Temple, Lonavala

(Shree Narayani Dham Temple, Plot No 28/199, Near Kaivalyadhama Yoga Center, Tungarli Road, Tungarli, Parsi Colony, Lonavala)

Located near Wax Museum, the temple beautifully decorated with lots of peace and tranquillity. The temple also offers accommodation facility and coupon based food.

Karla & Bhaja caves, Lonavla, Pune

(Timings: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm)

Located on Old Mumbai Pune Highway, Karla & Bhaja caves rock cut caves show old sign of Buddhist temple art in India. These Buddhist caves are dating back 2nd century BC to 6-7 century AD.

Korigad Fort, Lonavala

(20 km from Lonavla, 196 km from Satara, 244 km from Nashik, 110 km from Mumbai, 322 km from Kolhapur.)

Located in Aamby Valley, it is easy trekking site and can go from Peth-Shahapur road or Ambavne. It offers spectacular view of surrounding hills. Nearest Railway Station is Lonavla. MSRTC buses/autorikshaws/private vehicles from Lonavla/Pune city to Shahpur are available. It is better to hire a private vehicle or a cab.

Lohgad, Lonavla, Pune

(8 km from Lonavla, 55 km from Pune, 101 km from Mumbai, 163 km from Satara, 233 km from Nashik.)

Lohgad is widespread and strong fort which has four entrances. It is also popular among trekkers for easy trek. Nearest Railway Station is Malavli with 5 km. ST buses and shared cabs are available from Malavali and Lonavla Station.

Visapur Fort, Lonavla, Pune

(8 km from Lonavla, 55 km from Pune, 101 km from Mumbai, 163 km from Satara, 233 km from Nashik)

Visapur Fort is bigger and at a higher height than its twin fort- Lohgad. Within the fort are caves, water, the ruins of the Peshwa's palace, carving of Hanuman and several temples. Nearest Railway Station is Malavli with 5 km. ST buses and shared cabs are available from Malavali and Lonavla Station.

Trekking and Monsoon Spots in Lonavala

Rajmachi and Kondana Caves, Pune

(20 km form Lonavala, 16 km from Karjat, 75 km from Pune, 110 km from Mumbai.)

The fortification structure of Rajmachi consists of two forts- Shrivardhan fort and Manoranjan fort built by Chhatrapati Shivaji. It can be reached by two ways, the tough route from Kondivide village near Karjat (4 km) and the other easy but long way route from Lonavala (20 km) (Lonavala-> Tungarli-> Udhivade->Rajmachi). In monsoon time, this place is flourished with giant waterfalls and greenery. The Buddhist caves of Kondana are located on the western slope of Rajmachi plateau. It can be avoided during monsoons as trekking becomes extremely difficult during these times.

Nearest railway station is Lonavala and Karjat. MSRTC buses and private buses are available for Lonavala/Karjat. Autorikshaws are available from Karjat and Lonavala to reach base village.

Stay can be possible at the caves on the fort or at Kalbhairavnath Temple and the villagers at the top of the fort make the food arrangements.

Bhushi Dam, Lonavala

(5 km from Lonavala, 71 km from Pune, 92 km from Mumbai, 178 km from Satara, 304 km from Kolhapur.)

It is famous weekend spot during rainy season. When Bushy Dam overflows, water steps down on footsteps making fun. Nearest railway station is Lonavala. MSRTC buses/private, private vehicles are available from Pune.

Duke's Nose, Lonavala

(5 km from Khandala, 12 km from Lonavala, 50 km from Pune city, 110 km from Mumbai city.)

Named after Duke Wellington it is cliff near Khandala on Sahyadri. It is easy trekking point. Nearest Railway Station is Khandala. Autorikshaws are available from Khandala and Lonavala. MSRTC buses, private vehicles are available from Pune and Mumbai.

Water Parks and Amusement Centres in Lonavala

Kumar Resort, Lonavla

(9.30 am to 5.30 pm, http://www.kumarresort.in/, 02114 271111, 273091/ 92/ 93)
(202B, Old Mumbai-Pune Highway, Lonavala 410401, info@kumarresort.in)

Located in the heart of Lonavala we at Kumar Resort understand that service is the most important part of our industry and hence we ensure that every guest is always greeted and throughout treated with a smile.

Attractions: Waterpark-6 Swimming Pools, 11 Slides designed for all age groups, Rain Dance, Live Music around the Pool

Game Zone- Dashing Cars, Pool Tables, Air Hockey, Haunted House, Video Games

Facilities: Restaurants & Lounges, Banquets.

Adventure Tourism and Adventure Activities in Lonavala

Della Adventure, Lonavala (Pune)

(11.00 am to 9.00 pm, www.dellaadventure.com, 1800 3070 5050)
(Kunegaon, Lonavala, Maharashtra 410 401, punesales@dellaadventure.com)

For those who are seeking an adventurous one day trip near Lonavala, Della Adventure offers thrilling time with more than 50 adventure stuff. The park has everything to keep you excited with its various adventure activities for individuals as well as for groups.

Make sure you do not miss out activities like Swoop swing, Flying Fox, Rocket Ejector, Motocross dirt bike riding, Aqua Zorb, Buggy Ride, Paint ball shooting, ATV Rides and Bungee Trampoline. Apart from adventure activities, Della also has staying facilities with.

Attractions:

Jumbo Exclusives: Swoop Swing (100 ft), Longest Flying Fox (1250 ft), Paintball, ATV (90 CC Polaris, 200 CC Polaris, 700 CC Yamaha Raptor), Buggy Ride, Motocross Dirt Bike(Honda CR/Yamaha YZ 250 CC).

Zone A- Aqua Zorb, Water Zorb, Roller Zorb, Rocket Ejector, Radio Controlled Cars, Bumper Boat, Bungee Trampoline, Running Bungee, Ball Fighting, Della Knockout, Bubble Soccer, Kids Play Area

Zone B- Golf Putting Range, Trikke, Horse Riding, Mountain Cycling, Cycle with Baby Wagon, Double Seater Tandem Cycles, Dog Walk, Milking Jersey Crew.

Zone C- Della Shooting Range, Hard Ball Net Cricket, Archery Compound Bow.

Zone D- Rodeo, Della Gyro, Carrom, Chess, Darts, Table Tennis, Air Hockey, Foosball, Pool Table, Virtual Racing Cars, Virtual Lawn Tennis, Virtual Bowling, Virtual Boxing, Virtual Football, Virtual Dancing-Kinect, Virtual Fight Simulator.

Zone E- Artificial Rock Climbing, Ground Challenge Course, Tyre Wall, Balancing Log, V-Log, Gate Vault, Zigzag Log, Net & Log Ladder, Low Rope Challenge, Balancing Plank Tyre Swing, Monkey Tail, Broken Bridge, Swinging Beam, Vertical Rope Challenge, Zummer Station, Cargo Net, Inclined Log, Cargo Tube, Cable Ladder, Sand Pit, High Rope Challenge, Burma Loop Horizontal Net, Burma Bridge, Swinging Bridge, Vertical Net Crossing, Wooden Obstacles.

Zone F- Land Zorbing, Flying Fox Zip Line, Rappelling, Cross Bow, Sling Shots, Blow Gun, Pistol Bow.

Other facilities: Stay facilities, Resort and Banquets, Board Room and Training Room Facilities

Spiritual Centre in Lonavala

Manshakti Research Centre

(91-2114-234330, 234331, http://www.manashakti.org, gsk@manashakti.org, 76, Old Mumbai Pune Highway, Khatri Park Housing Society, Lonavala, Maharashtra 410401)

The renowned Manashakti Research Center for peace of mind is situated among the pleasant hills of Lonavla (India). Swami Vijnananand is the Founder, First Thinker and Experimenter of Manashakti Research Centre. After self-realization in 1957, he put forth a rational 'New Way Philosophy' combining science and spirituality for perpetual happiness and peace of mind. For past 50+ years, lakhs of people have found solace through electronic, computerized machine tests; study courses; workshops; seminars; books etc.

Eating Spots in Lonavala

Ø Rama Krishna, Lonavala

Golwada, Mumbai-Pune Road, Lonavala, Pune, 02114 273600,
Timings: 7.00 am to 11.00 pm,

Famous for Vegetarian dishes especially South Indian food.

Ø The Kinara Village Dhaba, Lonavala

(Toll Plaza, Old Mumbai Pune Hwy, Waksai, Varsoli, Lonavala, 410401, 086986 39639, www.thekinaravillage.com, contact@thekinaravillage.com, Timings: 11.00 am to 11.00 pm)

The Kinara village Dhaba have been bringing a taste of India to our customers since decades. The speciality of dishes ranges from Punjabi cuisine to Chinese cuisine.

Ø Cooper's Fudge And Chikkis, Lonavala

(Opp. Railway Station, Jaichand Chowk, Lonavala-410041, 02114-272 564, Timings: 11.00 am t 1.00 pm, 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm)

Cooper's, a hole-in-the-wall shop is high on taste but low on ambience, so, no swanky store that dishes out dessert in fancy packaging. In fact, it's nothing more than a counter guarded by staff and a cute Parsi uncle’s family who cater to a queue of customers. If you are patient enough to wait your turn, you'll get to sample the variety on offer, including the season's latest introduction. But it's the Chocolate Walnut Fudge and the chikkis coated with authentic saffron strands that you cannot leave without packing. Be on time, as the stock is always limited.

Ø Sunnys Dhaba, Lonavala

(Contact: 02114-270431, Timings: 11.00 am to 1.00 pm, National Highway 4, Pune Road, Near Karla, Lonavla, Maharashtra-410405)

Popular for Punjabi and North Indian dishes served in ambience of typical dhaba.

Ø Hotel Sainath, Lonavala

(Timings: 9.30 am to 8.30 pm, +91 2114 270078, Above Fariyas, near Silver Hills Resort)

Famous for snacks specially Sainath Misal.

Ø Maneklal

(Timings: 11.30 am to 3.00 pm, +91 2114 277193Arogya Bhuvan, Irani Wadi, 128, A, Bara Bunglow Road)

Popular for Veg Thali featuring Puran Poli and Khandvi.

Shopping in Lonavala

Ø Maganlal Chikki, Lonavala

(Timings: 8.30 am to 9.00 pm, Closed on Wednesday, Contact: +91 2114 272314, MG Road, opposite the Railway Station, http://maganlal.com/, info@maganlal.com)

Over the years of reputation and experience, Maganlal Food Products have developed many more products like fudges, salty snacks, jelly sweets, jams, fruits and variety of mouth-watering snacks.

Ø A1', Lonavala

(9923072440, 02114 – 272695, Old Mumbai - Pune Highway, Lonavala 410 401, a1chikkilonavla@gmail.com, http://www.a1chikki.com/)

A-1 Chikki provide fresh handmade chikki made from the best quality of dryfruits, nuts and jaggery. Chikki here is prepared by the traditional way, no machinery and purely handmade.

Ø National Chikki

(Timings: 9.30 am to 8.30 pm, Closed on Wednesday, Contact: +91- 2114272421/ 9823098786, http://nationalchikki.com, 6-7, Marker Manzil, Bazaar Road, Lonavala, nationalchikki@vsnl.net)

National Chikki Mart Pvt Ltd is a major player in the field of Healthy food products especially for Chikki, Fasan & Fudges.

Ø Rupam Chikki

(Timing: 9.00 am to 8.30 pm, www.rupamdelicacies.com, +91-9158600601, help@rupamdelicacies.com, 4, Marker Manzil, Bazaar Road, Lonavala)

Rupam Delicacies is a spinoff from Rupam Chikki & Namkeens, a renowned specialty store located in Khandala/Lonavla.

How to reach Lonavala

(55 km from Pune, 85 km from Mumbai, 55 km from Vashi, 225 km from Nashik)

Nearest airport is Lohegaon airport with 54 km and Chhatrapati Shivaji airport with 63 km. Lonavla is on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and is well-connected to several towns such Pune, Mumbai and Nashik. Lonavla is well-connected by train on Central Railway line and local trains run from Pune at 2 hour intervals.

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