Things to do in Lonavala
– Guest Post by Aditi Dharmadhikari
The call of the hills (Lonavala) is that much stronger when the destination is just a few hours’ worth of a drive away, and with the monsoons finally catching up with us – we’ve realised this is one road trip not to put off any longer. While Lonavala may be the staple stopover town for the seasoned highway traveller, for those looking to unwind, it is chockfull of offbeat offerings to help unwind from the hectic city life. Find some brilliant things to do in Lonavala.
- Visit Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary
Nestled in the foothills of the Western Ghats, this is definitely one for the nature lovers. You get to be one with nature and experience endangered species of flora and fauna that roam free– such an the Indian mammoth squirrel – thriving in their natural habitats here. Make sure you wear comfortable footwear, this trip’s all about the trekking, nature walks and bird-watching, and there’s also a safari jeep tour that’ll give a chance to be closer to the animals.
- A Day Trip to The Hidden Village
If you really want to leave behind city life, even if it is just for a weekend, we suggest you check out this ‘rustic rural retreat’. Equipped with fresh water springs, a large pond, and a play zone for kids, Hidden Village is a four-acre space that’s brimming with tranquillity. To trek to the lake in back hills, get a natural fish pedicure or just hang out in the woods? You’re truly spoilt for choice.
- Go on a Long Drive around Lonavala
The monsoons breathe a new life into the tiny hillstation town of Lonavala every year, transforming it into a verdant place with several naturally-formed waterfalls. On the coldest days, the town is cloaked in a charming veil of mist and the panoramic views are gorgeous. Drive safe, enjoy the waterfalls and don’t be shy to make a pitstop and interact with the locals and enjoy a steaming glass of chai in these surroundings.
- Visit the Ancient Karla Caves
Located 8 km from Lonavala, this is a heritage spot worth going the distance for, and there’s a bus that’ll get you there in a snappy 10 minutes. You have to climb 400 steps that lead you to these massive Buddhist rock-cut caves with intricate carvings, believed to date back to 160 BC. The stupa and the jaw-dropping pillars of the majestic structure is quite the experience to behold and retains an old-world charm.
- Camp Out at Tungarli Lake
Just 3 km from Lonavala, Tungarli lake is a great place to just pitch a tent with a few friends and camp out next to. There are no permissions of any kind required to do this, and you’ll be regaled with an aerial view of Rajmachi, Lonavala and Lohagad. For the adventure enthusiasts, there’s plenty of treks to embark upon in the area as well.
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