The twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala is blessed with verdant valleys and pleasant weather almost all through the year. Lonavala offers a panoramic view of the lush green hills of the Sahyadri ranges. Lonavala owes its name to the numerous caves strewn around the valley. (Lenya means caves in Marathi). Karla caves about 10 kms from Lonavala is the most prominent of all the caves in Lonavala.
Lonavala, sequestered between two major cities Mumbai and Pune, is a popular get away and a weekend destination. Lonavala sprawl over an approximate area of 38 sq km with some of the most popular forts waterfalls and lakes. Lonavala an hours drive away from Pune and Mumbai is one of the best spots for a short break especially during and just after monsoons.
There are many spots in Lonavala ideal for a one day picnic. Tiger's Leap 1.6 km from INS Shivaji with a sheer drop of over 650 mts offer magnificent panoramic view and is the most popular spot in Lonavala. Bhushi Dam with a fabulous waterfall near the dam is one of the most exciting spots in Lonavala. Duke's Nose, 12 km from Lonavala, clearly visible from the highway is popular with hikers. Rajmachi Point is located about 6.5 km from Lonavala.
Best Season to Visit Lonavala
Lonavala is a monsoon destination and is most visited during the rains. Lonavala is an good spot for a short break around the year how- ever noons can get quite hot during summers.
From the modest 'gurdana'; over a century ago, Lonavala chikki has come a long way. Initially just a simple mixture of jaggery and ground nuts Lonavala chikki has graduated to many varities including Kesar and pista which would cost you close to Rs 1000 a kg.