Lonavala is a charming hill station located at a height of 625 meters on the western downhill of the Sahyadris. It reaches the peak of its beauty in the monsoons, attracting a large number of tourists. The route to the top offers breathtaking valley views along steep and serpentine tracks.
There are eye-catching spots like Tiger's Leap - a magnificent hill, The Horseshoe valley, and the lakes. There are several hotels and boarding houses and there is much more to explore. Bhushi Lake, and Bhushi Dam, another attraction are hidden in the hills well removed from the road. The spot is so supremely romantic that it is difficult to be able to leave it even after hours and hours. At the end of the dam the water of the lake jump over the terraces to join the river down below. The sight therefore becomes pleasing and cheerful. In the monsoons a variety of waterfalls speedily rush from the hills down to the deep in the valleys.
Shopping in LonavalaShopping in Lonavala is all about buying the famed chikki, chocolate fudge, jams and jellies. Lonavala is a paradise for chikki lovers. There are several shops selling varieties of chikkis.
What is Chikki ?Chikki is a traditional crunchy, tasty, ready-to-eat Indian sweet made from four basic ingredients i.e. Jaggery, Sugar, Liquid Glucose and the basic material (groundnuts, cashews, almonds, pistachios).
Best Time to Visit Khandala and LonavalaDuring Monsoon (June to September)
Lonavala ResortsMTDC Resort (Karla) # 02114-282230 / 282064
[Tariff Rs.1300/- to Rs.4800/-; Rs.300/- to Rs.400/- extra for each extra person]
How to reach LonavalaLonavala is on the Mumbai-Pune Express Way. The drive along the Mumbai-Pune Express Way is worth taking. The Spectacular sights that lie on the way are simply astounding. Several State owned buses are available for the commute to the hill station of Lonavala.
DistanceMumbai to Lonavala - 89 Kilometers (By Road) Via Mumbai Pune Express Way
Pune to Lonavala - 66 Kilometers (By Road) Via NH4