Lonavala is famous amongst the twin hill stations of Maharashtra, the other being Khandala. A part of Shayadri Mountains, Lonavala has a pleasant climate attracting tourists, chiefly from Mumbai and Pune.
The place was under Maratha reign until Sir Elphinstone in 1871, brought it under Bombay Presidency. Lonavala is derived from Sanskrit term, 'Lonavli' meaning caves. The 1st century Buddhist caves of Karla and Bhaja are at a distance of 11 km from Lonavala. These and other areas in Lonavala offer an attraction for trekkers. The hill station also has beautiful lakes, water of some of which has been used to generate power. These include Tugauli, Lonavala and Bhushi and Walvan lakes. The Bushy Dam, when full gives rise to surf-white waterfall. The station also has peaked fortresses of Lohagad, Visapur and Rajmachi. The Yogic health and research centre in Lonavala provides training in Yoga and heals diseases through yogic practice. Being visited by a huge crowd of tourists, Lonavala provides adequate accommodation facilities through hotels and resorts.
Lonavala is a romantic destination with place bestowed by panoramic views, caves and fortresses. Trekking lovers will love trekking at this place. Lonavala offers magnificent views of the Deccan plateau and the Konkan coast.