A popular hill station situated between Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, Lonavala is known for its natural beauty and cool climate. Offering respite for those wishing to make a quick escape from Mumbai and Pune, Lonavala and its twin city, Khandala are the ideal getaway spots. Situated at 625 meters above sea level, Lonavala is 110 km from Mumbai and 60 km from Pune.
The host of caves like Bhaja, Bedsa and Karla, are believed to be the reason why Lonavala derives its name from the Sanskrit word lonavli which means caves. Due to its strategic location, various dynasties have vied for control of Lonavala and its surrounding regions.
Several dynasties — from the Yadavas to the Mughals and the Marathas — have ruled Khandala and its surrounding regions before it eventually fell in the hands of the British. Several forts including Lohagad, Tunga and Tikona were important battle stations during Shivaji’s reign and fell into the Mughal hands under Treaty of Purandar.
Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay Presidency in 1871, is credited with the discovery of Lonavala and Khandala.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN LONAVALA
Lonavala has accommodation for all budgets. And while several mid-range and luxury hotels offer air conditioned rooms, chances are you won’t need them thanks to Lonavala’s pleasant weather. Accommodation is always a squeeze; book your rooms in advance.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN LONAVALA
There are quite a few restaurants in Lonavala which serve decent food but nothing compares to the corn pakoda that the area is famous for. Wake up early in the morning to walk up to Cooper’s (located near the railway station) for their trademark chocolate walnut fudge. If chikkis are your thing, all you need to do is visit the local market which has lines and lines of shops selling the delectable stuff in every flavor you can dream of.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Lonavala is as given below. The best time to visit Lonavala is also specified.