Despite its rural location and surrounding natural spoils, Lonavla exudes a resort-town ambience with its novelty museums, enormous water park and souvenir stands. Dig a little deeper and you’ll discover centuries-old cave systems, picturesque lakes, historic fortresses and ancient Hindu temples.
Things to do in Lonavala
Many travellers visit Lonavla to discover the famed Karla and Bhaja caves. The Karla Caves treat adventurous travellers to ancient rock-carved Buddhist temples dating back to the 2nd century BC, which house intricate statues and columns, giant halls and a monastery. Head to the Bhaja Caves to see 22 rock-cut caves filled with old carvings and stupas also from the 2nd century BC.
Are you visiting Lonavla with your family? Treat the kids to a fun-filled day out at Wet n Joy Water Park Lonavala, where they can ride on high-speed water slides, cruise around a tubing river and play in the wave pool. You can also explore the Sunil's Celebrity Wax Museum, which houses lifelike wax replicas of international and Indian celebrities.
If you’re interested in the local history, visit the towering Lohagad hill fortification, which sits at 1,033 metres above sea level. You can stroll along the fort’s walls while soaking up Maratha empire history and panoramic countryside vistas. Active travellers might prefer the challenging hike to Visapur Fort, which dates back to the 18th century.
Nature lovers can tick off some of the nearby waterfalls, including the picturesque Lonavala Lake Waterfall and the tiered Kune Falls, which is set into the side of a mountain. Relax in the peaceful Ryewood Park and enjoy its walking paths and shaded benches.
Getting around Lonavala
Lonavla is easily reached by driving along the Mumbai Pune Expressway from Mumbai or catching trains on the Mumbai Pune railway line. You can walk around parts of town, but will need a car, driver or taxi to reach the surrounding sights.