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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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(51) Comments

  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. Bhaja caves is in my list, other places I have visited. You brought back many lovely memories of visiting Lonavla.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. Shweta mishra says:

    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

  6. Wow amazing, love the pictures and i would love to visit these places soon. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Beautiful pics and now I am tempted to visit the place

  8. Would love to see the Bhaja Caves in monsoons. I’m sure other places are awesome as well.

  9. Nice article. Did not know about Bhaja Caves. Good work!.

  10. Wow such lovely pics, feels like just run away and reach there.
    wish I can be there this moment. nice post and beautiful clicks

  11. So beautiful so close to nature a great place to spend with family and friends ☺

  12. Lonavala is my fav destination in Monsoon season …These place are really worth visiting!!

    1. Thanks for all details, I have been here as a kids and hardly remember much, however your blog has given a new goal to the traveler in me.

  13. 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.

  14. I have been to lonavala when I was a kid and remember the chikki and the forts .Its a beautiful place .

  15. Priyanka Singhal says:

    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

  16. Wooow I love to visit this beautiful scenery place, next vacation in nature lap

  17. Noor Anand Chawla says:

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

  18. Khushboo says:

    Lonavala is one of my favorite place. All the clicks are amazing. I really want to go there soon now.

  19. Went to Lonavala a decade ago. Your post and those cloudy scenic pics made me wanting to go again asap. Thanks for the tips

  20. Wow! I am loving the pics. No doubt the place is very beautiful in the lap of the greenery. I will surely plan the trip of Lonavala in the near future.

  21. This just gave me wanderlust. I was in India and made sure a hill station was in the itinerary, next time might be this place.

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

    1. Thanks for liking this post.

  24. I so miss going there…Even Malshej Ghat is a good point near Lonavala.

  25. I’ve been to Lonavala a number of times – mainly as day trips – so I haven’t explored some of these places. Maybe next time!

  26. 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.

  27. jaya1966 says:

    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.

  28. Rajcmachi Fort is on my list since a long time. Added the others to my list 🙂

  29. I have been to lonavala so many times but never seen the bhaja caves. Will check out next time! 🙂

  30. 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. 🙂

  31. An excellent write up. Unravels new and unknown facts about a popular hill station!

  32. 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.

  33. I never knew there are so many places to visit in Lonavala. Lovely post. Now I know how to plan my next visit to this place.

  34. Lonavala is definitely a place to visit 365 days of the year. The green monsoons and cozy winters are the best ones though.

  35. Lonavala is 40 kms from our house and thus is our weekend giveaway. All the places you have enumerated are awesome

  36. I have never been to Lonavala and cant wait to plan my visit there.It looks gorgeous in monsoon.

  37. Lonawala and khandala are our fav weekend getaways. they are really beautiful and worth a visit during monsoon.

  38. 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.

  39. jhilmildsaha says:

    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.

  40. I have been to Maharashtra but never been to Lonavala or Bhaja caves. It is definitely on my list now

  41. Wow that’s truly an amazing place to visit in Lonavala, will add all these places to visit in my next vacation

  42. Thank for this info

  43. Ah lovely! On my travel list. Thanks for writing

  44. I am yet to explore Lonavala. Have heard a lot about this amazing place especially in Monsoon.Thanks for sharing.

  45. 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.

  46. Thanks for sharing the article.Wow,it is a great blog.I have been there and there is so much to visit in lonavala after the information which helped alot how to explore it.Keep sharing.for more information will be wating.

  47. Manishambaliya says:

    Amazing! I know nothing about traveling all over the country, what a wonderful looking place to explore.

  48. Lifestylesimplify says:

    I’ve put Rajamatai Fort on my ‘to do-not-miss list’ for some time now.

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