Lonavala is a beautiful hill station located in the Pune district in the state of Maharashtra. The town of Lonavala situated at 64 km away from Pune and 96 km away from Mumbai, is the nature lovers’ paradise and has a number of places for sightseeing.

Lonavala is famous for the caves the destination possesses. In fact, Lonavala is also called Lonavli in Sanskrit language which refers to the many caves like Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves and Bedsa in Lonavala.

Besides these caves in Lonavala, the other places to Visit in Lonavala are Rajmachi Point from where Shivaji’s fort and the surrounding valley can be viewed, the Vaghjai Dari, Ryewood Park and Shivaji Udyan, Valvan Dam, Lonavla Lake, Duke’s Nose, Tiger’s Leap, Karla caves, built by Buddhist monks around 3rd to 2nd century BC, famous temple of Goddess Ekvira Devi, I.N.S. Shivaji Naval Engineering Training Base, Lohagad Fort or the Iron Fort, Bushy Dam, Lion’s Point, Tungarli Lake and Dam, Shooting Point and the Celebrity Wax Museum.

The Rye Wood Park and the Shivaji Udyan is a famous point in Lonavala where families come to relax and enjoy. It is a famous weekend getaway for the citizens of Maharashtra.
Duke’s Nose is a cliff that looks like the nose of Duke Wellingdon of the colonial years. Tiger’s Leap and Duke’s Nose are places that are common to both Khandala and Lonavala. A strenuous climb of about 11.2 km from Malavali Railway Station leads to the Iron Fort, once a formidable battle-station of the Emperor Shivaji. The fort presents a view of the surrounding hills.

The Bushy Dam is located in the backdrop of scenic hilly terrains between Lonavala and I.N.S. Shivaji. Nagphani which means the Cobra’s Hood, located 12 km away from Lonavala, on the highway towards Mumbai is another place worth visiting. The top of this cliff reflects the pointed hood of a snake, due to which it got the name, Nagphani.

Tiger’s Leap is a natural landscape located close to I.N.S. Shivaji. This cliff top, at a height of over 650 m, resembles the shape of a leaping tiger. Sausage Hills is another famous recreational landmark in Lonavala, which is surrounded by dense forests. The starting point of numerous trekking expeditions, Sausage Hills is visited mainly by adventure lovers.
Tourists flock to Lonnavala during the monsoon season to enjoy the rain by drenching in it and playing in the waterfalls near the Tiger’s Leap. During the summer season most of the lakes here are dried up and so tourists enjoy walking on the lake’s ridge and a trek to the hills of Lonavala. Lonavala is a place famous for its indigenous hard candy sweet known as Chikki.

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