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Beyond the infamous chikki: 8 Exciting activities to experience in Lonavala

Beyond the infamous chikki: 8 Exciting activities to experience in Lonavala
ADVENTURE

By Aquib Nawab

25 Jun, 2024

Lonavala is a shining gem among the hill stations of Maharashtra, located in the Sahyadri ranges. Lonavala is quite popular for its Chikki, however this town has much more to offer to the tourists than expected. Lush greenery and pulse-pounding excitement are two things that come to mind when one mentions this place, as it is full of hidden gems waiting to be explored.

Let's dive into the 8 must-do thrilling activities in Lonavala, listed in ascending order of their drive time from The Hosteller, Lonavala. 

1. Della Adventure park, 11 Mins

You can do things like bungee jumping, swoop swings, and ATV rides that are full of adrenaline, as well as archery or horseback riding, which require no energy at all. It also boasts of being home to India’s longest flying fox, which allows one to enjoy breathtaking aerial views across the entire park.

Activity packages

You can do things like bungee jumping, swoop swings, and ATV rides that are full of adrenaline, as well as archery or horseback riding, which require no energy at all. It also boasts of being home to India’s longest flying fox, which allows one to enjoy breathtaking aerial views across the entire park.

Why visit

Della Adventure Park is an ideal spot for families, friends, or corporate teams who want to add a sprinkle of adventure to their lives. The park’s well-kept structures and proficient trainers guarantee safety and pleasure for people in all age brackets. 

Zip lining at Della Adventure Park

Ziplining at Della adventure park(Credits: Dellaadventure) 

2. Day out at Lonavala Wax Museum, 15 Mins

The Lonavala Wax Museum, or Sunil's Celebrity Wax Museum, features life-size wax statues of famous personalities from India and around the world. Modelled after its well-known counterpart, Madame Tussauds, Sunil Kandalloor established this museum as a celebrated wax artist himself.

Exhibits

For both Bollywood celebrities, sports icons, political leaders, and historical figures, the museum offers a wide variety of wax statues. Each figure is detailed to capture the person’s likeness well.

Why visit

It is a fun and educational place to be. The museum provides an opportunity for visitors of all ages to see close-up, lifelike replicas of their most beloved icons. 

Statue of Kapil Dev at Lonavala wax museum

Lonavala Wax Museum(Credits: Whatshot)

3. Lonavala Lake, 15 Mins

Lonavala Lake, also known as Monsoon Lake, is a popular destination for those seeking an exciting day out with family and friends. Lonavala Lake offers a range of activities that cater to all ages and interests.

Things to do

  • Boating: Enjoy a leisurely ride across the lake's calm waters
  • Fishing: Try your luck and catch some fish
  • Bird Watching: Spot exotic bird species and enjoy the sweet melodies of nature
  • Picnicking: Relax on the grassy banks and enjoy a meal with your loved ones 

When to visit

The best time to visit Lonavala Lake is during the rainy season (June-September), when the lake is filled to its brim and the surrounding landscape is lush and green. The misty air and gentle raindrops add to the excitement, making it a truly unforgettable experience. 

Stunning view of Lonavala lake

Lonavala lake(Credits: Canva) 

4. Swimming at Bhushi dam, 20 Mins

Situated on the Indrayani River, Bhushi Dam in monsoon is quite famous among tourists for its relaxing atmosphere amidst the lush greenery. The overflow of this dam leads to many steps and small cascades forming natural pools that are suitable for swimming.

Activities

Visitors can take a refreshing dip in cold water, have picnics, or take memorable photographs here. Local food stalls selling eatables are found all over the vicinity, adding to the overall experience.

The best time to visit

Bhushi Dam in monsoon looks absolutely heavenly with its milky water flowing in high speed, making it the best time to visit. When there is high water flow and surrounding areas are covered with green vegetation. However, caution must be taken, especially during heavy rains, due to strong currents in flowing water. 

Playful scenes from Bushi Dam, Lonavala

Day fun at Bhushi dam(Credits: aroundpune)

5. Karla and Bhaja cave exploration, 28 mins

Karla and Bhaja caves are ancient rock-cut Buddhist caves dating back to the 2nd century BCE. These ones’ represent some of the oldest examples within India, proving that Buddhism here has long existed.

Famous structures

The Karla Caves are famous for their grand chaitya griha (prayer hall), one of the largest in India. Within these caves, we can find detailed carvings, large pillars, and aged stupas reflecting excellence in architecture at that time period. Equally interesting but smaller ones would be Bhaja Caves, which have stupas including 22 rock-cut formations, viharas or monasteries, and ornate sculptures.

Why visit this spot?

These caves are a step back in time and allow you to peep into the lives of early Buddhist monks. The calmness of the place, plus its historical relevance, make it important for history enthusiasts as well as people who are looking for spirituality. 

Picture showing the architecture of Karla caves

Karla and Bhaja cave(Credits: Canva)

6. Visiting Ekvira Devi Temple, 30 Mins

Located near Karla Caves, the Ekvira Devi Temple is a popular Hindu shrine devoted to the goddess Ekvira in Maharashtra State. This temple remains important for pilgrimage, especially for Koli community members, who are local fishermen from the Mumbai region.

Architecture

This temple, situated on top of a hill, boasts traditional Indian design and provides breathtaking panoramas around it. Going up to the temple implies climbing steps, along which there are stalls selling offerings and souvenirs.

Festivals

The Navaratri festival season marks high activity at this temple as many devotees come here for blessings from their deity in large numbers. There is religious fervour and cultural activity all over during that time. 

View of Ekvira Devi Temple

Ekvira Devi Temple(Credits: templepurohit)

7. Astonishing views from Tiger’s Leap and Lion’s Point Lonavala, 35 Mins

Tiger's Leap

Tiger's Leap, also referred to as Tiger’s Point, is a clifftop with a sheer drop of over 650 metres, overlooking the valley beneath. The name came about due to the optical illusion it gives of a tiger jumping into the valley.

Lion’s Point

Near Tiger’s Leap is Lion’s Point Lonavala, another famous lookout spot that provides all-round views of the surrounding hills and valleys. In particular, during monsoons, several waterfalls are seen in this landscape.

Activities

Both points also serve as photography spots where one can have a sunset view or simply enjoy natural scenery. The cool breeze and sounds of falling water make it an unforgettable visit. 

Picturesque view from Tiger's leap and Lion's leap

Tiger’s Leap and Lion’s Point(Credits: Whatshot) 

8. Rajmachi Fort trek, 50 mins

Rajmachi Fort is one of the most important landmarks in the history of Lonavala. The fort was constructed by the Maratha empire in the 17th century, and it consists of two twin forts known as Shrivardhan and Manaranjan. It showcases the strategic military genius of the Marathas and also testifies to their architectural skills.

What to watch out for

The trip up Rajmachi Fort is a thrilling experience, especially if you are an adventure lover. There are two main routes: one from Kondivade village that is more demanding than the easier route commencing from Lonavala. The distance covered in the Rajmachi Fort trek is about 13 km and could take approximately 4-5 hours to complete.

What to expect

Lush green valleys and glistening streams greet you as you ascend, and sometimes you will be enchanted by falls cascading down cliff sides. The fort itself gives a grand view of the Sahyadri Mountains surrounding it, making the trek well worth the effort. Don’t forget to visit Udhewadi village near the fort, which provides an insight into rural Maharashtra. 


 

Rajmachi Fort trek(Credits: Canva)

Embracing adventure and comfort: The Hosteller Lonavala

With its beautiful landscapes and countless daring experiences, Lonavala is a place where people can take a break from the city’s hustle.

Whether you’re hiking to age-old forts, exploring mysterious caves, or admiring stirring views from the edge of cliff viewpoints, Lonavala guarantees lasting memories at every corner. The monsoon season especially turns this area into a green paradise that adds magic to your travels.

For those who want to fully dive into the charm of Lonavala, The Hosteller Lonavala becomes the ultimate choice for accommodation. Offering pleasant rooms as well as vibrant dormitories with various facilities such as swimming pools and outdoor rest areas, The Hosteller combines relaxation with adventure perfectly.

A backpackers’ hostel that will act as your restful home after a tiring day of discovering new things, whether you are travelling alone, with friends, or as a couple, Therefore, book your stay at The Hosteller Lonavala, pack up your bags, and start on a quest to discover the hidden treasures in this ‘Jewel of Sahyadris’.
 

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