Lonavala is a hill station in the western part of Maharashtra
. At a height of 625 meters above sea level, this is also a popular health resort. The place is a popular getaway from the bustle of the cities of Mumbai
. Heavy southwestern monsoon rains are experienced here between June and September.
Lonavala is best visited between the months of October and May. It provides a panoramic view of the lush green surroundings of the Sahyadri ranges and is an ideal place for trekking and hiking. The place has numerous forts, caves, and lakes.
The Tugauli, Lonavala and Bhushi lakes, and the
Valvan Dam are worth visiting. The small hill station of Khandala is nearby. The Kaivalyadhama Yoga Hospital is near Lonavala and is on the road to
Bhaja caves. Karla and Bhaja Caves, located in the hills, 11 km from Lonavala, are other places to be visited. Rock climbing at Dukeís Nose peak and other locations in the Karla hills, near Lonavala is a popular sport.