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6 Stunning Places in Lonavala that will make your Monsoon Trip the Most Memorable One EVER!

Monsoon trip in lovely Lonavala weather
Lonavala Photo by: Arjun Singh Kulkarni

Yearning to travel to a beautiful place for a short trip in India during rainy season then Lonavala is ‘the’ place to be! Lonavala weather is perfect for enjoying a beautiful escapade from the busy city life while enjoying the pleasure of soaking in the rains.

The earthy fragrance of the moistened soil and the green painted terrain together makes Lonavala weather all the more delightful. This is one of the prime reasons why during monsoon visiting this hill station in Maharashtra should be in your bucket list.

Best Ways to Reach Lonavala:

If one is travelling from within Maharashtra then the train is the most comfortable mode of transports that can be relied upon. Especially keeping in mind Lonavala weather and the increase in the number of tourists during this time around via road, trains are reasonable & fast.

The enchanting landscape views during the train ride makes the journey even better. There are a number of trains from Mumbai & Pune that take you to Lonavala. From Mumbai, it takes about 2.5 hrs to reach while from Pune it takes only an hour to reach Lonavala.

Apart from this, one can also indulge in a self-driven road trip or opt for a Volvo bus if not coming from too far off places.

For people coming from distant places a flight to Pune which has the nearest airport for reaching Lonavala & then taking up a bus/train/cab is the most convenient option.

Here are 7 Must-Visit Stunning Spots in Lonavala during Rainy Season:

#1 Rajmachi Fort

Rajmachi Fort in lovely lonavala weather
Rajmachi Fort Photo by: ndoi.sid – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Located about 15 km from Lonavala railways station, Rajmachi fort is a set of two twin fortresses named Shriwardhan Ballekilla and Manaranjan Balekilla. The monument as a whole has been declared a protected monument because of its historical importance. At one point in time these fortressed was ruled by Shivaji Maharaj and then eyed upon by Aurangzeb, & later was taken up by Britishers.

The fortresses are literally located on Sahayadri Mountain ranges and from one side the magnanimous view of the lush green valley can be seen. It is one of the favorite trekking spots for medium-level trekkers.

#2. Lonavala Lake, Bhushi Dam & the Waterfalls..

Bhushi Dam in lovely lonavala weather
Bhushi Dam Photo By: Vivek Shrivastava

However, cliched and ridiculously popular these two places may sound but to enjoy Lonavala weather to the fullest during monsoon, Lonavala Lake & Bhushi Dame are the two breathtaking places very near to the railway station. The entry of both are free and timings are till 9 A.M.- 5 P.M. They are at a distance of about 3 – 4.5 km. which is easily and pleasurably walkable in the rains from the station. While walking towards these spots there are few waterfalls nearby that are worth a stopover.

#3. Lion’s Point

Lion’s point is roughly a 2.5 hr worth a trekking place for getting great panoramic views of nature. Especially if Lonavala weather is a bit clear, then the sky around sunset is what makes the place a must-visit. Well, didn’t we promise to present before you stunning options in Lonavala!

If you are reaching this spot via a car or bike then parking can be a thing to be concerned about especially on weekends. Very near to this place is The Tiger’s Leap spot. This is another lovely trekking destination which offers mesmerizing views of earth and in a season when nature is at its best. Here one can opt for camping as well.

#4. Bhaja Caves

Bhaja Caves in lovely lonavala weather
Bhaja Caves Photo Credit: By Photo Dharma from Sadao, Thailand

These caves are a reflection of the ancient India especially in the period when Buddhism was spreading. The place is 13 km. from Lonavala city center. It has a small entry ticket of Rs. 25 for Indian nationals while for foreign nationals the ticket cost is around Rs. 300. The entry point has some bit of hiking and so rainy or winter season, when Lonavala weather is at its best are the ideal periods of the year to visit these caves. Chaityagriha, the largest cave out of the 22 caves here is the most historically and architecturally significant cave.

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#5. Tungarli Lake

This lake is one of the most serene spots for those who want to escape from the crowded city centre of Lonavala. Barring photographers capturing the stunning views one will find only like-minded people in search of tranquillity here. During rainy season, the lush greenery, fog & the clouds with the backdrop of this lake are simply too good.

#6. Tikona Fort:

A little towards the outskirts of Lonavala near Pawna Lake is Tikona Fort. It is on a hill top which requires a easy to medium hike. It can be done by kids of 10 yr. and above. The place gives awesome natural views including Pawna lake and more. A tip to follow here is to maintain low noise level so that the views are equally enjoyable. Best time to visit this place is monsoon & winters.

So are you geared for indulging in nature’s essence on an extended weekend? Do share & drop in your comments about these spots or your trip memories of visiting Lonavala!

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47 thoughts on “6 Stunning Places in Lonavala that will make your Monsoon Trip the Most Memorable One EVER!

  1. I have been to Lonavla and LOVED the view from Rajmachi Fort. I was lucky enough to have been there during the monsoon and so was able to see all the waterfalls at full capacity. It was mesmerizing.

  2. I’ve been to Lonavala once but I guess we were in such a hurry that couldn’t really explore the place. I didn’t know of half of these places unless I read your piece.

  3. A visit to Bhaja caves look irresistible now ! The architecture is impressive and the lakes are a must visit in the irritating summers ! Loved the post!

  4. This is really an outstanding location view and thanks for sharing such an amazing location I never heard about theses but so beautiful and good detailing you fiddid

  5. I used to visit Lonavala and Khandala every monsoon when I used to live in Mumbai. Bushi Dam was my most favourite place. The hot vada paos they sell in monsoon is ambrosia. I am yet to see the Tikona Fort.

  6. Wow a great blog. I hv nvr been thr n thought thr is nothing much to visit. Bt this is so informative and helpful. Thank you for sharing. Wud definitely visit soon

  7. I have not visited Lonavla as yet but your post makes it look amazing! I must plan a trip there during the monsoons.

  8. I have been to Lonavala at least a 15-20 times for workshops but have never had the opportunity to explore these places. It’s just reaching the hotel/resort, conducting training workshops and then back to Mumbai or Pune to catch the flight. Hopefully will get to explore these beautiful places sometimes soon!

  9. I spent 1 month at Khandala while training for ICICI Bank in 2009. Our weekend trips took us to nearby places like Lonavala, Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. Of all the places, we ended up exploring Lonavala the most because it was the nearest. Your post brought back fond memories.

  10. I have been to Lonavala many times & have been to a few in the list but dont know how I missed the remaining. I am surely visiting those on my next trip. Thanks for the list.

  11. Going by the images Lonavala seems to be a great place to visit. I have rarely visited Maharashtra. Just a few very small trips to Mumbai long time back. I will definitely visit Lonavala sometime.

  12. I’ve heard of Lonavala but I had no idea that the place was just an hour’s drive from Pune. And it looks breathtakingly beautiful. I’ve saved this post so that I can go through it once again when I plan a trip to Lonavala. 🙂

  13. I visited Karla caves the last time I was there, Bhaja is on my wish list. Also, I’m planning to go for a trek on Rajmachi fort. Lonavala is a good place for weekend getaways.

  14. Wow these are wonderful places you have mentioned. I have never been to Lonavla though, but will keep these in mind. It’s so green, so refreshing for the eyes.

  15. I have been to all these places and the scenic beauty of Bhushi Dam is really breathtaking. Lonavla is one of the best weejend getaway destination one can think of.

  16. It is our favourite monsoon destination. Although I have missed the Bhaja Caves as we are more into natural beauty which engulfs Lonavala during monsoons. Making a point to visit the caves on my next trip.

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