Lonavala is the nice place if you want to take refreshing break from hectic lifestyle. This gorgeous hill station is nestled in Shayadri ranges, and is known for salubrious climate and scenic views, and also other tourist attraction. Though it is a small place, yet it has several sightseeing spots that can be explored ion a tour to the hill station. Here are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Lonavala based on these lines.
Rajmachi Point- This place is located around 6.5 kilometers from Lonavala, the Rajmachi Point offers a spectacular view of Rajmachi fort, which once belonged to Shivaji. This place offers a panoramic view of the valley that surrounds it. This place is a must visit destination when you visit to Lonavala.
Ryewood Park and Shivaji Udyan- It is another prime attraction of Lonavala, Rye wood Park and Shivaji Udyan are the beautiful gardens that have been perfectly manicured by green tall trees, beautiful flowers and there a lot of place to sit around and relax. If you are coming with the family, this place is ideal destination for you to visit. You can even explore Shiva temple that is located in the premises there.
It is a beautiful lake that looks crystal clear during the monsoons. The lake provides water to the residents of Lonavala. It provides tranquility and serenity for all those who are planning to take a long break from the fast city life and those who want to spend time in the lap of nature.
The Valvan Dam is another must visit tourist destination. The catchment area of the dam has been converted into a picnic spot with a beautiful garden. The dam provides water to Khopoli power station, in order to generate electricity. It has a garden at its foot, and is a popular evening spot located around 2km from the town.
It is yet another beautiful lake and it is an ideal place where beauty and peace reside. The lake is surrounded by natural beauty and here you can view the nature at its best. Though it parches up during summer, the lake comes to life during monsoons and it remains so throughout winters.This lake is surrounded by the natural scenery and it is about 1.6km from the town. The lake dries up during the winter months.
The Karla Caves are important historic Buddhist sites that was built around 2nd and 3rd century BC. The cave shrines are quiet popular and tourists can have a view of surrounding hills and the steep valleys.
It is definitely one of the most exciting sites to visit in Lonavala. This dam has a beautiful waterfall in the vicinity, which is a must visit destination. The surrounding area of the dam has been developed into a beautiful catchment area for tourists to enjoy.
On the way to Tiger’s Leap, you would view a small board on the right- Shivlinga. From the road, it looks similar to just another place to view the deep valleys around the Tiger’s leap, but it has several breathtaking places that offers serene view of Shayadris. Like most places, there is a small shop to relish hot fried snack and tea. It costs around Rs 10 while the snacks would cost around Rs 30-40 per plate. There is a tendency to extract more money from unaware foreign tourists.
Duke’s Nose stands around 12km from Lonavala, and this place is clearly visible from the highway while driving towards Mumbai. This is a landmark in Khandala and is popular with hikers. The cliff owes its name to the Duke of Wellington.
Karla Caves is a complex of cave shrines built by Buddhist monks around 3rd to 2nd century B.C.
It is a robust climb that is about 11.2 km from Malavali Railway Station that takes you to the Iron Fort, once a formidable battle station of Shivaji. This fort commands attention because of surrounding hills and hamlets.
A waterfall near the Bushy Dam is the most popular touruist destination located between Lonavala and I.N.S Shivaji. The buses run on the I.N.S Shivaji road stop here.
Celebrity Wax Museum
It is another point in the town of Lonavala that was founded by Sunil Kandaloor, a 37-year-old wax artist from Kerala. Amitabh Bachchan, Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Mother Teresa, Sai Baba, Balaji Tambe, AR Rehman, Shahrukh Khan and Yesudas are among the famous personalities one will find at wax museum in Lonavala.
Another scenic point in the town of Khandala that provides a magnificent view of Rajmachi Fort and the valley. It is also the home for the St.Mary’s Villa.
Originally posted 2013-05-18 19:28:22.