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Lonavala

Lonavala

Weather

Lonavala experiences pleasant weather conditions throughout the year. Summers, extending from the month of April to mid-June, are usually mild with varying temperatures of 16°C to 18°C which can go up to 34°C. The hill station remains cool even during summer due to the frequent showers and mountain breeze that cool down the region. The middle of June marks the beginning of the monsoon season in the area which continues till September.


 


style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Heavy south-west monsoon rains result in an average 450 cm of annual rainfall. Highest amount of rainfall is recorded during the months of June and July. The winter season begins by the start of November and lasts till mid-March. The weather feels cool but not cold and the temperature ranges from a minimum of 12°C to a maximum of 33°C. The best time to visit Lonavala is from October to May.

How To Reach

By Road:

Lonavala is conveniently situated on the Mumbai-Bangalore National Highway that stretches from western and southern India. The drive is rather lengthy and strenuous but the beauty of the surrounding countryside makes it worth the effort. Regular bus service to the hills resorts of Lonavala can be availed from tour operators. Taxis and private buses are also common as are state roadway buses which connect Lonavala to several other towns such as Dabhade, Karjat, Khopoli and Talegaon.


By Air:

Pune (66 kms from Lonavala) is the nearest domestic airport to Lonavala and the nearest international airport is at Mumbai, at a distance of 110 km. Taxis or buses are available from both airports to Lonavala. 



By Rail:

Lonavala boasts of an extensive network of railways. Connecting trains are present from Pune Junction and Mumbai Central Station. Most of the trains make a stop at Khandala before moving on to Lonavala.


Overview

Lonavala is a famous hill station located in the western part of Maharashtra covering an area of over 38 sq. km. Known as “the jewel of the Shayadaris”, Lonavala has garnered considerable amount of fame as a health resort because of its pleasant climate and unpolluted environment throughout year.

 

The region derives its name from the Sanskrit word “Lonavli” which means “caves”. The name Lonavala is apt as there are plenty of caves in the area. Thousands of tourists, both foreign and domestic, flock to this hill station every year to enjoy the waterfalls, bountiful lakes and lush greenery.

 

Lonavala acts as a romantic getaway spot from the crowded lives in the metropolitan cities. Being a part of the Shayadari Hills, this is an ideal site for adventurous trekking and hiking. The impact of history is also evident in the region through the many forts and ancient caves spread throughout. Lonavala provides a panoramic view of the Deccan plateau on one side and the Konkan coast on the other.

 

Tourists are greeted with many luxurious facilities in the region. A number of heritage resorts, luxury hotels and eye-catching scenic attractions add a touch of grandeur to your holiday vacation.

 

Shopaholics may be a bit disappointed with Lonavala since there are no dedicated shopping areas in the region. But Lonavala happens to be great place to shop for food items. Shopping in Lonavala is all about purchasing fresh fruit jams, fresh chikkis, chivdas, sevs and even some wafers.

 

Lonavala cuisine mostly consists of sweet and savoury tidbits. There are many restaurants spread across the hill station serving a variety of dishes. Delicious Gujarati food along with mint vada paos is quite popular in the hill station. Hawkers, present all over the place, sell freshly roasted corn on the cob which taste great. A few eateries in the area also serve South Indian dishes.