Lonavala is a beautiful paradise located close to busy Indian cities – Pune and Mumbai – and serves as one of the most blissful escapes in the region. While the town is most loved for its green environs and cool climate, there are terrific attractions here that add to the overall experience of the tourists.
Located 52km northwest of Pune and at an elevation of 1,033 m above sea level, Lohagad Fort is a historical fort located along the Sahyadri hills in Lonavala. Built by Guru Govind Singh in 1564 CE, this fort is designed in the shape of a scorpion tail and is part of the Western Ghats. Due to its ease of accessibility, terrific trails, and lush green surroundings, the fort makes for an ideal trekking destination.
A picturesque vantage point with a remarkable resemblance to a tiger, Tiger’s Point is a cliff-top with a sheer drop of over 650 metre and presents a breathtaking view of lush greenery, forests, lakes and waterfalls around. A must-visit in the town, this site is located close to Lonavala Railway Station and Tung Fort and is loved by travellers for exciting adventure activities like rafting and trekking.
One of the most popular centres of early rock-cut architecture in the nation, Karla Caves Complex is situated on the Pune-Mumbai Highway at Karla. Built into a rocky hillside, the caves were developed over two periods – from 2nd century BC to 2nd Century AD and in 5th – 10th Century AD and are counted among the oldest Buddhist cave shrines in India.
Lying in the outskirts and a few steps away from the town, Lonavala Lake is popularly known as the monsoon lake. Built in the year 1876, the lake is accessible via a picturesque road. Located close to Lonavala Railway Station, this lake has river Indrayani as its source of water and invites travellers with its pristine beauty and exquisite thrills.
Valvan Dam is a gravity dam on the Indrayani River near Lonavala that provides water to the Khopoli Power Plant in the vicinity and to the people of Lonavala, Khandala and neighbouring villages. This 26.36-metre high dam is built across the River Kundali originating from the Western Ghats, running across a length of 1,356 metres and makes for an ideal destination for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.