Lonavala derives its name from the Sanskrit word 'lonavali', which means 'surrounded with caves'. However, this small little town of Maharashtra has much more to offer. Perched up at an altitude of 622 meters, Lonavala is spread over 38 square kilometers. It was first discovered by Lord Elphinstone, the Governer of the Bombay presidency in 1871. Today it stands as an integral part of Maharashtra Tourism as thousands of tourists flock down in Lonavala every year, particularly during the monsoons(Oct- May) when its hills and valleys enclose themselves in an envelope of lush greenery.
Snuggled up in the Sahyadri range that separates the Deccan plateau from the Konkan Coast, and lying in the Pune district is this picturesque town of Lonavala. The lush green hills, the steep valleys, a fresh rejuvenating atmosphere and cascading waterfalls of Lonavala cast a spell on the tourists making them one with the heart of nature.
Being close to the two commercial hubs in Maharashtra, i.e. Mumbai (96 km) and Pune(64 km), Lonavala can easily be accessed and enjoyed by the majority of the urban populace. Here they find a perfect retreat in nature, where they can unwind and destress themselves in the canopy of the harmonious embrace of natural beauty and charm.
Just a few minutes from Lonavala is its twin hill town of Khandala. Both these captivating hill resorts have something for everyone- whether it is a lover of scenic beauty, a couple out on their honeymoon, or a family looking forward to a weekend vacation to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city life, Lonavala welcomes all with sheer hospitability and warmth