Lonavala along with Khandala is fondly called the twin hill stations located in Pune district, Maharashtra. Resting at 622m altitude, on the Shayadri ranges that separate Deccan plateau and the Konkan coast, the place enjoys perfect weather.
The name Lonavala came from the Prakrit words Len-avali, Len meaning the place to rest and Avali meaning series. Lonavali in time changed to Lonavala and Lonavla. The present Lonavala and Khandala though discovered by Sir. Elphinstone, the governor of Bombay presidency, once belonged to the Yadava dynasty. It then moved under Mughal rule and then became a place of significance with many forts and famed Mavla warriors in the period of Marathas and Peshwas.
With so many places to visit in Lonavala that lay close by and in reachable locations, many scenic spots and a wonderful climate all in the very convenient highway leading in and out of major cities, Lonavla easily became the most preferred weekend destination in these parts. And it is packed with hotels and resorts for all budgets. Lonavla is not only famous for its scenic beauty but also for the delicious hard candy sweets called ‘chikkis’ that is unique to the place. You can see the crowd packing up shops that sell these sweet smelling eatables.
Lonavla and its surroundings with its pleasant climate and invigorating air are best visited during the monsoon season, while it is still wet and fresh with Mother Nature’s shower. Taking a dip in one of many waterfalls and lakes around, a stroll in the drizzle, a trek under the spray of mist and watching the endless dramatic views that unfold in front of you is a wonderful way to end a week.
Its close proximity to Mumbai and Pune makes it a busy hill station throughout the year, always crowded with tourists. But the natural beauty that the place holds for us makes us forget the fatigue of the journey, the crowds and the disturbances and everything else.
A weekend at Lonavla is a recipe for total relaxation.