Lonavala is a famous hill station which is nearest to Mumbai. It is around 2 hours drive from Mumbai. The best season to visit this place is monsoon. There are small waterfalls everywhere on your way to lonavala, foggy and very scenic particularly in monsoons. Lonavala has developed since a few years and now the place is full of activities which can be enjoyed in other seasons as well apart from the waterfall. Let us first list down the topics to be discussed below
Luxurious Hotels to stay
Hotel Dukes Retreat (Khandala) (rooms are with excellent valley view)
Hotel Fariyas (Khandala)
Some of the resorts have very unique themes which are listed below.
Della Resorts: Della resorts have now opened a new wing called DATA resorts wherein the concept is of military training and you can get a feel of the military ground.
Hilton Shillim Estate (villa resorts): This resort is situated somewhere in the hills and they have beautiful villas especially recommended for a romantic getaway.
Machaan: This resort again gives a feel of a jungle. They have treetop house like rooms. The resort is in a secluded area where there is not even a network for the mobile phones. There is a complete cut off from the outside world. Also it is too dark in the evening. So you can move out of the resort in the daytime only.
Rhythm (All suite Resort)
Resorts inside Amby valley city are now open for general public. Amby valley city is a township which was built by Sahara Group by aiming to have only VIP members in the city. But now they have opened the township resorts for everyone. Though the room rates of the resorts are too high. The city has its own Lake, Adventure Zone, Restaurants, Amphi Theatre etc.It is also located in the hills where the roads are too steep and curvy.
Economy Hotels to stay
The Lagoona Resort
Kailash Parbat (small water park and lawn in the hotel)
Chandralok(Gujarati Thali Restaurant in the hotel)
Piccadle Resort by Meritas (small water park in the hotel)
Kumar Resort (known for its water park)
Kinara Dhaba (Dhaba style North Indian Food)
An Ideal place to enjoy with family. There is a garden to play for kids. They also have camel ride and Horsecart ride as it is village concept Dhaba.
Chadaralok (Delicious Gujarati Thali)
Kailash Parbat Restaurant (North Indian and Chinese)
Rama Krishna (Fast Food)
Ashok vada Pav (popular street snack)
Buachi Misal (popular for missal pav)
Lonavala is known for its chikki. You must try the variety of chikkis here. There are many shops selling chikkis in the lonavala market. They also have many sharbat bottles which are mostly from Mapro or Mala company. Mainly you get only these popular food items in the market. You can also check out the local market.
Sight Seeing Places
This is a newest attraction in Lonavala. This is a theme park with 31 thrilling rides built by the famous Malpani group who also own Wet n Joy water park. They always promise quality stuff to their visitors.
Wet N Joy Water Park
This Water Park is also built by the Malpani Group. You can also enjoy combo offers for the Magic Mountain Theme park and Water Park.
Narayani Dham temple:
This temple is of goddess Narayani. It is a very beautiful temple and a huge property. They have beautiful water fountains in the entrance of the temple.
There is a small gaushala for the cows.
They also have a children’s park outside the temple. The temple also provides rooms with ac and non ac. The rooms here are decent and clean.
You can enquire about this by contacting the temple. The room rates are subsidized. The food provided here is also cheaper compared to restaurants.
This is a famous company known for its sharbat bottles, jams and ketchup.
This is also an attraction as they have decorative gardens and water fountains inside their property.They have started selling fresh khakhras recently which are made live in front of us.
They also serve delicious food in their canteen. The menu has the delicious grill sandwich, Pizza and the famous strawberry with cream.
: This is an adventure park with lot of adventure activities such as ATV rides, zorbing, archery etc.
This is a popular place for enjoying the waterfall during the monsoons. People come here in huge numbers during monsoon.
: The way up to this place is through a steep hill. This point is for enjoying the scenic mountain beauty and the valley view.
Wax Museum: This is a small wax museum with the statues of Bollywood celebrities.
Aquarium: There is a small fish Aquarium just opposite the Celebrity Wax Mueseum.