Lonavala along with Khandala is part of a twin hill resort in the Western ranges of the Sahyadri between Mumbai and Pune.

For visitors the chief asset of Lonavala and Khandala is the proximity to the nearby Karla and Bhaja caves. These rock cut caves date from the second century BC and are among the oldest and finest examples of Buddhist rock temple art. The largest of the caves is at Karla, whilst the nearby Bhaja caves have a more impressive setting.

What to see

  1. Barometer Hills,
  2. Bhusir Lake,
  3. INS Shivaii,
  4. Kune Point,
  5. Lonavaia Lake,
  6. Rye Forest and Shivaii Park,
  7. Shirota Lake (Tata Lake),
  8. Tiger’s Leap,
  9. Tngadi Lake & Dam,
  10. Valvan Lake & Dam.

Getting There

Air: The nearest airports are Pune 78 Km and and Mumbai 80 Kms and 67 Km.

Rail: Lonavala is a railway station on the Mumbai-Pune section of Central Railway, well connected with other cities/ towns.

Road: Lonavala lies on the National Highway between Mumbai and Pune. Some important distances from Lonavala are : Aurangabad 288 Km, Goa 555 Kms, Mahabaleshwar 182 Kms, Mumbai 101 Km, Nashik 264 Km, Pune 67 Km.

General information

Area: 38.85 Sq. Kms Altitude: 625 Mts Temperature: Summer - Max: 36.0 Deg.C Min: 12.6 Deg.C Winter - Max: 30.7 Deg.C Min: 11.9 Deg.C Rainfall: 450 Cm. Best Season: October to May. STD Code: 02114

Excursions

  1. Karla Caves (11 Km): One of the finest examples of Buddhist rock-cut architecture, the Karla Caves, dating back to the 2nd century B.C., belong to the Hinayana period. The caves at Karla comprise of one Chaitya, which is the largest in the country and several viharas or monastries on a hill 150 mts. high. The main hall, called the Great Chaitya is majestic in size and has 37 columns of pillars. There are subtle variations of design indicating an advanced stage of the Buddhist art of decoration. At the far end of the hall stands a stupa with an umbrella on the top.

  2. Bhaja Caves (12 Km): This group of 18 caves of Buddhist origin are believed to have been excavated for Buddhist monks in the 2nd century B.C.

  3. Lohagad Fort (20 Km): The Lohagad Fort, soaring upto a height of 1025 metres, is situated atop an enormous cliff of sheer rock. Visapur Fort and Korigad Fort, in the vicinity are other forts which were captured by Shivaji.

  4. Bedsa Caves (23 Km): Famous for the ancient 1st century BC Buddhist rock-cut caves. The chaitya hall here has 4 pillars with carvings of horses, bulls & elephants on the capitals.