14 Popular Weekend Getaways From Lonavala To Visit This Year

Karla Caves

Looking to visit some cool places in Lonavala? We have curated a list of 14 popular places to visit in Lonavala. Pack up your bags and we will help you to choose the right destination as per your taste.

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14 Popular Spots for Weekend Getaways from Lonavala

  1. Lions Point
  2. Karla Caves
  3. Lohagad Fort
  4. Bhaja caves
  5. Pawna lake
  6. Rajmachi Point
  7. Tigers Point
  8. Kune falls
  9. Lonavala Lake
  10. Karnala Bird Sanctuary
  11. Rajmachi Fort
  12. Bhushi Dam
  13. Visapur Fort
  14. Tung Fort

1. Lions Point

Surrounded with the lush green valley of Lonavala along with several small waterfalls and lakes, Lions Point boasts a mesmerizing view of the green valley. The most enchanting part of visiting picnic spot near Lonavala is the majestic view of sunset and sunrise. The spot is situated at a distance of 12 km from Lonavala railway station and can be reached through any transportation medium like a cab, bus or auto.

Entry Fee- No entry fee.

Entry Timing- 6 AM to 6 PM.

Location- 12 km from Lonavala Railway Station and in the midway between Bhushi Dam and Aamby valley.

2. Karla Caves

Named amongst the most popular ancient rock-cut cave temples, Karla Caves are a complex of Buddhist temples near Lonavala. If you’re in search of some really awesome places for weekend trips from Lonavala then Karla caves should be at the top of your list. This complex consists of 16 rock-cut temples in India that includes 8 chaitya griha that is the largest in India.

Entry Fee- Rs. 5/person

Entry Timing– 9 AM to 5 PM

Location- 11 km from Lonavala Railway Station

3. Lohagad Fort

Situated along the Sahyadri hills in Lonavala, Lohagad Fort is a very popular historical fort and picnic spot near Lonavala. Originally built by Guru Govind Singh in 1564 AD, this fort was used to serve as a prison. Later it was captured by Shivaji Maharaj and then recaptured by the Mughals in 1665 AD. The pathway towards the fort is in the shape of the tail of a scorpion and has four entrances named Maha Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja, Hanuman Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja.

Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

Entry Timing- 9 AM to 6 PM

Location- 11 km from the Lonavala Railway Station

4. Bhaja Caves

Bhaja Caves

Built in the second century BC, Bhaja cave is a complex of 22 rock cut caves. In terms of style and architecture, the caves are quite similar to the Karla caves. The most notable part among all the parts is the chaitya griha that is cave 12 which was earliest of its kind. Along with it, the complex comprises of a large apsidal hall and a monastery. The monastery has a huge rectangular hall along with a front pillared verandah.

Entry Fee– Rs.5/person

Entry Timing- 9 AM to 5 PM

Location- 5 km away from Lohagad fort and 15 km from the Lonavala Railway Station.

5. Pawna Lake

Pawna Lake

Pawna Lake is an artificially created lake by the water of Pawna dam and is a popular spot for weekend trips from Lonavala. The lake boasts a scenic view of the lush green valley along with quiet waters of the lake. Be it weekend getaways or picnics or sightseeing, Pawna Lake can be your perfect visiting fit.

Entry Fee- Rs.50/person

Entry Timing- No time limits

Location- 10 km from Lohagad Fort and 15 km from the Lonavala Railway Station.

6. Rajmachi Point

Boasting the majestic view of Rajmachi Fort and surrounded with  lush green valley, Rajmachi fort is a promise picnic spot near Lonavala. The spot also has a temple along with a children’s park and is located at a walking distance from the Dukes Retreat. Also, Monkey Point, Lions Point, Sunset Point are nearby the spot.

Entry Fee- No entry fee.

Entry Timing– No time limits

Location- 6 km from the Lonavala Railway Station

7. Tiger’s Point

Also known as Tiger’ Leap and Wagdari, Tiger’s Point is situated 650m above the sea level. The spot is popular because of the majestic view of the hills, waterfalls, green valley and lakes. The spot got its name because it resembles the shape of a leaping tiger. Near the spot, there is also a seasonal waterfall that works during the monsoon season only. Tiger’s Point serves a great picnic spot near Lonavala.

Entry Fee- No entry fee.

Entry Timing- No time limits

Location- 12 km from Lonavala Railway Station.

8. Kune Falls

Kune Falls is a three-tiered waterfall set against the stunning backdrop of the Sahyadri Mountains and is surrounded with lush green vegetation. The spot is situated in Kune village near Pune and is ideal for weekend trips from Lonavala. The falls is one of the favourite spots for both the locals as well as the tourists during the monsoon season, especially for activities like bathing and swimming. Kune Church is nearby the spot and works as the landmark to reach the Kune Falls.

Entry Fee- No fee

Entry Timing- No time limits

Location- 3.5 km from Lonavala Railway Station.

9. Lonavala Lake

Lonavala Lake

Lonavala Lake is very eminent in near the city of Lonavala and is commonly known as the Monsoon lake because it is filled with water during the monsoon season only. The lake was built in 1876 with river Indrayani as the primary source of water. The lake offers a splendid experience because of the scenic landscape around the lake and boating facilities. Other than boating, swimming can also be done in the lake. In case, you need to have a rejuvenating weekend, away from the city light, Lonavala Lake can be added on your must to visit list.

Entry Fee- No entry fee.

Entry Timing- 9 AM to 5 PM

Location- 2.5 km from Lonavala Railway Station

10. Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Located Panvel Taluka of Raigad district in Maharashtra, Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a popular sightseeing spot near both Lonavala and Mumbai. Established in 1968, this was the first of its kind. It is built below the Karnala Fort and occupies an area of 12.11 sq. km. The sanctuary consists of 150 species of native birds and 37 species of migratory birds. Along with birds, this sanctuary is shelter to several animals like langurs, monkeys and wild boars. The Karnal Fort is also there in the protected area of the Karnala Bird Sanctuary that was built during the 12th century. The forest has witnessed many rulers as well as invaders including the Devnagri Yadavas, Portuguese, Marathas as well as the Mughals. The spot is also popular for trekking. You can start the trek from the bottom of the hill and complete it within just an hour. You can also view sites like Rajmachi and Prabalgad from the fort area.

Entry Fee- Rs.20/Adult, Rs. 15/Child, Rs. 15/Two Wheeler and Rs. 50/Four Wheeler

Entry Timing- 8 AM to 6 PM

Location- 56 km from the Lonavala Railway Station and 13 km from Panvel.

11. Rajmachi Fort

Rajmachi Fort

Rajmachi Fort is one of the most important trekking points in Lonavala that lies at an altitude of 2710 feet. The fort was built by Satavahanas and was later captured by Shivaji in 1657 AD, along with several other nearby forts. As per the history, this fort was built to have control over the trade route between Mumbai and Pune. The fort was later captured by the Mughals and then again recaptured by the Marathas in 1705 AD. But with the downfall of the Marathas, it was eventually captured by the Britishers. The fort includes two citadels, namely Shrivardhan and Manaranjan Forts. The complex of the fort has several ramparts, strong walls, huge getaways, water reservoirs, etc. The fort has also many waterfalls nearby along with a lush green view of forests. In the western side of the cave, there are some ancient Buddhist caves called Kondane caves, that was built around 200 BC. The caves comprised of ancient Buddhist architecture in the form of stupas, sculptures and vihara.

Entry Fee- No entry fee.

Entry Timing- 9 AM to 5 PM

Location- 15 km from the Lonavala Railway Station.

12. Bhushi Dam

Bushi Dam

Considered as one of the most alluring tourist attractions in Lonavala, Bhushi dam is splendid for weekend trips from Lonavala. The dam is located within the scenic hilly terrains between INS Shivaji and Lonavala. The dam was built around 1860 for serving as the source of water for steam engines of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway. During the monsoon in Lonavala, the dam overflows. Swimming is restricted in the Bhushi dam because of the unpredictable water flow. The dam is overcrowded during the weekends because of the alluring combination of water and the terrain. There is also a lake created by the Bhushi dam that is used by Tata for the generation of power.

Entry Fee- No entry fee.

Entry Timing- 9 AM to 5 PM.

Location- 6 km from the Lonavala Railway Station.

13. Visapur Fort

Visapur Fort

Situated at an altitude of 1084 m above the sea level, Visapur Fort was built by Balaji Vishwanath during 1713-1720 AD. The fort was built for guarding the Lohagad Fort as it had an impressive fortification. Later the Britishers used this fort to bombard  the Lohagad Fort, making Marathas leave the fort and eventually acquiring it forcefully in 1818. The Visapur Fort is situated above the Lohagad Fort and is well known because of its strong and protective walls along with complex structure. Several temples, including a huge Hanuman temple, are scattered throughout the area. Although, the fort has just a few things left and the rest have been ruined. The fort offers a majestic view of planes and forest surrounding the fort.

Entry Fee- No entry fee

Entry Timing- No time limits

Location- 24 km from the Lonavala Railway Station.

14. Tung Fort

Also known as Kathingad Fort, Tung Fort is one of the well-known picnic spots near Lonavala. The word Kathin means difficult in Marathi that depicts the difficulties that come while trekking to the fort. The fort was built before 1600 AD by the rulers of Adil Shahi dynasty and was later captured by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The fort is conical in shape and has several strongly fortified walls and is surrounded by lush green valley. As per the history, the fort served as the watch-house for the Mulshi Valley and Maval region of Pawna. The fort also has steep climbs along with a narrow route on the verge of the mountains.

Entry Fee- No entry fee

Entry Timing- No time limits

Location- 24 km from Lonavala Railway Station and the base village to start the trek is Tungi.

Conclusion-

With no mark of exclamation, Lonavala is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Maharashtra. If you’re planning for some weekend trips from Lonavala then this listicle could serve as your to-do list. As per the listicle, monsoon can be considered as the best time to visit Lonavala. Along with this list, it is advisable to check some affordable accommodation in Lonavala before you decide to explore Lonavala.

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Paridhi Prasad

Paridhi Prasad

Hi! I am Paridhi. When not downing endless cups of coffee and binge-ing on Masala Fries, I can be found deeply engrossed in contemporary novels. Delhiite by birth and nomad by passion. I travel and I know things. I write travel blogs by day and binge watch thriller and rom-com by night.

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