Lonavala was a part of Yadava dynasty and is a popular hill station in Maharashtra. It is not only the picturesque beauty which appeals to the tourists here. There are many things which you would cherish on your visit. One such thing which stays with you, and is associated with Lonavala, is the chikki, a famous sweet made of peanuts and jaggery. Lonavala is also known as “Jewel of the Sahyadri Mountains” because of its natural beauty. The waterfalls and green meadows along the country side get a different look during the monsoon time,. which is the best time to explore this hill station. The major sites of tourist interest here, are Rajmachi Point, Valvan Dam, Lonavla Lake, Tiger's Leap, Tungarli Lake and Dam and Wax Museum.
Karla and Bhaja Caves
Located near Lonavala, the caves of Karla and Bhaja are popular tourist attractions. The Bhaja caves are believed to have been there since the 1st and 2nd century BC. The waterfalls near the caves add to the picturesque beauty.
To get a beautiful view of Shivaji's famous fort, tourists visit the Rajmachi fort in Lonavala. This is a popular spot and lies 6.5 km from Lonavala.
Lakes and parks in Lonavala
The most attractive lakes and parks in Lonavala are Tungarli Lake, Ryewood Park and Shivaji Udyan. The Tungarli Lake is a romantic spot where people visit for the serene natural beauty. The Ryewood Park is ideal for families and children. Marked with tall trees this park also has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Dams in Lonavala
The waterfalls near the dam are a popular picnic spot and nature lovers prefer this place for the scenic beauty. The other dam to see in Lonavala is Valvan Dam. Almost 2 km far from Lonavala, this is an ideal place to spend some time in solitude.
There are different public and private modes of transports with which you can travel in Lonavala.