|Rajmachi Point||Situated about 6.5km away from the town of Lonavla|
|Ryewood Park and Shivaji Udyan||Located at 3 km from Lonavla Station|
|Valvan Dam||Situated on the Kundali River about 2km from the main town of Lonavla|
|Lonavla Lake||Located about 1.6km from the town|
|Duke’s nose||Located about 12km from the main town|
|Tungarli Lake||Located just slightly away from the main city of Lonavala|
|Tiger’s Leap||Located about 1.6km from I.N.S.Shivaji|
|Shivlinga||Located On the way to Tiger's Leap|
|Karla Caves||Located about two hours outside of the city|
|Bhaja Caves||Located 12 kilometers from Lonavla|
|Lohagad Fort||Located 10km from Lonavala (100 Kms from Mumbai and 60 Kms from Pune)|
|Bushy Dam||Located only 6 kms outside Lonavala|
|I.N.S.Shivaji||Located 8 Kms away from the township of Lonavla|
|Tikona Fort||Located at an altitude of 3580 ft above the sea|
|Celebrity Wax Museum||Located just about 2 km from the main railway junction of Lonavala|
Rajmachi Fort (Royal terrakouioce) was situated by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The architectural splendor of the Fort along with the pristine beauty of the surrounding hinterland can only be fully enjoyed and explored if this great work of art is seen from the Rajmachi Point, an observatory hillock, situated about 6.5km away from the town of Lonavla. Regular buses are available from Lonavala to Rajmachi point. The Vaghjai Dari, nearby the Rajmachi Point serves to enhance its appeal further. You can drop in at the Rajmachi point on your way back to Mumbai.
Ryewood Park and Shivaji Udyan
A visit to the Ryewood Park and Shivaji Udyan will surely add a different dimension to your stay in Lonavla. The wide expanse of open fields along with the imposing trees that adorn this place appeals to the children and adults alike. Originally this was a botanical garden that has been later developed into a park. Hence a number of decade old trees can be spotted here. The swings that are fitted with the trees are of special interest to the children who enjoy themselves immensely in this cool hangout place. It is located very close to the Lonavla market.
The Valvan Dam is situated on the Kundali River about 2km from the main town of Lonavla. Embellished with a lovely garden at its base, the Valvan Dam has become one of the major tourist destinations. It has also given rise to the Valvan River, the venue for several water sports for the tourists. The Valvan Dam also provides power to the Khopoli power station, situated at the foothills of the Sahyadri region.
The Lonavla Lake is also known by the name of Monsoon Lake as it becomes replete with water only with the advent of heavy rain. The source of this picturesque little water body is the famous Indrayani River of Maharashtra. Located about 1.6km from the town, the Lonavla Lake is also home to a number of rare birds and aquatic animals.
When you are on your way back to Mumbai from Lonavla, look out for a lovely cliff about 12km from the main town. Named after the famous nose of the Duke of Wellington, the Duke’s Nose is a pretty little hillock that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding pristine landscape. The place is also referred to by the name of Nagphani (‘Nag’ meaning snake and ‘phani’ refers to hood), as it distinctly resembles the hood of a snake. It is also a paradise for the trekkers and hikers.
The Tungarli Lake is an artificial reservoir that supplies water to the entire town of Lonavla. It dries up during the summer season leading to an acute shortage of water in the localities of Lonavla. The garden on its banks is a good hangout place for the tourists. The impressive dam on the river is also worth visiting
Tiger’s Leap is located about 1.6km from I.N.S.Shivaji. True to its name, it is an imposing cliff of an elevation of 650meters and offers a magnificent view of the entire surrounding hinterland, thus creating a jaw-dropping effect amongst the visitors.
The premier attraction of Tiger’s Leap however is the waterfall that comes to life only in the Monsoons. The water here gushes down with a heavier current and velocity than it does at the Bhushi Dam. Thousands of tourists flock down to this place just to enjoy this spectacular sight and enjoy a rejuvenating bath in the waterfalls. The Falls surprisingly narrows down after a few meters into a stream that gushes down to the base of the Tiger’s Leap with a considerable force. This opens up a golden opportunity for the trekkers and adventurers who find it immensely exciting to follow the trail of the stream that finally lands them at the foot of the Tiger’s Leap.
Though the importance of this place is somewhat camouflaged by the spectacular Tiger’s Leap, the heavenly beauty and dazzling charm of the surroundings that this place reveals makes it incomparable in terms of tourist attraction. The hill that actually houses the ‘Shivlinga’ (the idol of Lord Shiva) is also known by he name of ‘Sayambhu’ (meaning, one who is born out of one’s own accord’). Apart from the spiritual value that this place encases, there are also several stalls that serve the tourists with snacks and refreshments.
Have those intricately carved statues and pillars always mesmerized you? Well, then you are heading towards the right place, i.e. Lonavla that is home to the renowned Karla caves.
The Karla Caves are the largest cave temples in India. It is also one of the last specimens of rock cut caves in India. Though the actual founders of these caves are still anonymous, it is assumed that these are the works of the ancient Buddhist monks of the 2nd and 3rd century B.C. The style of the shrines and the stupas on the inner side of the caves blatantly reveal the Buddhist style of art and culture.
Two most significant aspects of the Karla caves are the Chaityas or the prayer halls and the viharas or the places of stay for the monks. The door to the Chaitya is adorned with an arch in the shape of a horse shoe. Another significant architectural specialty of the Karla Caves is the lion column at the front, with a closed stone facade and torana in between.
The Bhaja Caves are akin to the Karla caves in terms of style and architectural pattern. It is a complex of about 22 rock cut caves that dates back to 200 B.C. It shares the elaborate grandeur of the Karla caves with the mammoth horseshoe being the repetitive motif. However, what attracts the tourists the most is the set of 14 stupas, five inside and nine outside adorned with rampant excavations
The word ‘Loha’ in the colloquial tongue means iron. Hence this fort is also popularly known by the name of Iron Fort. Founded by the illustrious king Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, this fort opens up great promise for the trekkers as it can only be accessed after a climb of a overwhelming height of 11.2km from the Malavali Railway Station.
The real beauty of the Lohagad fort can only be fully realized if visited in the monsoon. At this time the surroundings come alive with a carpet of thick greenery and the small emaciated streams that had dried up in the summer once again become replete with gushing water. What appears to be most interesting as well as intriguing for the visitors is the ‘Vinchoo point’ that resembles the tail of a scorpion
The Bushy Dam is another delightful treat for the lovers of nature and natural beauty. Though strewn with a rocky surrounding for most of the year, this place becomes a haven of greenery during the rainy season. This is also the time when the river overflows and gushes out with great force and volume. A little waterfall near the dam is also a popular spots for the tourists. The buses plying between I.N.S. Shivaji and Lonavla generally stop at this juncture. However, swimmers are not encouraged to indulge in this waterfall or river.
I.N.S. Shivaji is a naval Engineering Training Base.
The Tikona Fort is a rare melting point of ancient tradition, culture and history. The only hill fort in and around the town of Lonavla, the Tikona Fort truly has a triangular basic plan (the word ‘tikona’ means ‘triangular’). Also known as the Vitandgad Fort, the Tikona Fort is the testimony of a number of historical invasions and battles.
The most noteworthy aspect of the fort is the grand and majestic entrance that is a capable of leaving any traveler begging for more. The Tikona Fort offers a spectacular view of the nearby forts of Visaput, Tung and Lohagard. It also enshrines within its complex the temple of ‘Trimbakeshwar Mahadev’, a lake and the Satvahan caves.
Celebrity Wax Museum
The Celebrity Wax Museum is the star attraction of this tiny hamlet of Lonavla. Built by an extremely resourceful wax artist from Kerela, Sunil Kandaloor, the wax museum has the replicas of great persons from almost all walks of life. Some of these legendary individuals are Amitabh Bachhan, Shahrukh Khan and other famous personalities like Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Mother Teresa and Sai Baba.