Pawna Lake

Your Solace in Summer: Places to Visit in Lonavala During Summer

Are you trying to find an escape from the scorching sun this summer? By reading this post, you’ve already taken a step towards making the right choice. With its lush green cover, cool waters and intriguing caves, Lonavala is the perfect summer destination. Located in Maharashtra amidst the Western Ghats, Lonavala has pleasant weather conditions that have earned it the title of the ‘Jewel of Sahyadri’.

This stunning hill station is easily accessible via both the Mumbai-Bangalore Highway and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Apart from that, the town is also connected to the international airports in Pune and Mumbai. If you want a getaway from the heat and smoke of the cities and make some great memories with your loved ones, Lonavala should definitely top your list. Let us look at some of the great places to visit in Lonavala in summer.

The summer months here are from April to June. The maximum temperature during this time is roughly 37 degrees Celsius. If you're looking for the ideal time to visit, the months between October and May are perfect. Lonavala experiences severe rains during the monsoon months. If you don't mind getting a little wet, it can be a fantastic time to visit because it transforms into a lush green paradise. But let's focus on the things to do in Lonavala in summer.

Pawna Lake

A stroll along a lakeside on a fine May morning can be a relaxing way to enjoy summer. Pawna Lake is a major water source for the city. Enriched by flora and fauna, it has a landscape that impresses your aesthetics and forms the right backdrop for your pictures. Sighting the splendid Lohagad, Tikona, and Tunga forts from miles away creates indelible memories to cherish for a lifetime. You can also go boating on the lake.

Pawna Lake
Tiger s Point-Places in Lonavala to visit in winter

Tiger’s Leap

This is one of the major tourist attractions in Lonavala. Nestled 650 metres above sea level, it gets its name because it resembles a tiger taking a leap into the valley below. It has an echo point and the flowing stream here provides a great background for your photos. Adventure lovers frequent Tiger’s Leap and entertain themselves by trekking and hiking here.

Duke’s Nose

Duke’s Nose is another picturesque vantage point in Lonavala. This place has interesting names because of the way it looks. It is called Duke’s Nose because its shape resembles the nose of a former Duke of Wellington. It is also called Nagphani as it resembles the flared hood of a snake. An impressive and scenic site, Duke’s Nose also has a Shiva temple located at its peak. The rocky structure is perfect for adventurous activities like hiking and rock climbing.

Yellow camping tent on a hill
Man sitting at the entrance of a stone cave

Bhaja Cave

Bhaja Caves house some of the many ancient rock-cut caves in India belonging to the first and second century BCE. A national monument, this site is a great asset to the city. The caves are around 2200 years old with numerous Chaityas and Viharas to explore. Although the site is open from 8 am to 6 pm, we recommend visiting in the evening.

Karla Caves

Next, we recommend paying a visit to Karla Caves, home to one of the most well-preserved Hinayana Buddhist Chaityas in India. You can take a walk through these caves and locate many stupas, inscriptions, sculptures, and a 37-pillar aisle. Also prominent is a temple at the entrance of the caves. The site is open from 9 am to 6 pm.

setu chhaya caves
Stone fort steps

Tikona Fort

A site of historical value since the time of the Maratha Empire, Tikona Fort gets its name because of its triangular shape. It was built 1066 metres above sea level. Although it was captured by the Mughals, it was regained as an asset of the Marathas during the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji. The small entrance leads to a tower and a cluster of caves. Tikona Fort also has a partially demolished temple and a huge stone wheel. It is open to the public from 8 am to 8 pm.

Ryewood Park

Ryewood Park is an extensive recreational area, with lush green lawns and a children’s park. Originally designed to be a botanical garden, it proudly harbours the finest flora in the city. Ryewood Park is home to numerous old trees and ornamental plants spread over an area of about 25 acres, with a Shiva temple in the midst of all the greenery. If you're visiting Lonavala in May, get ready for swings and slides because summers are nothing without a fun visit to a park.

Ryewood Park
Bhushi Dam

Bhushi Dam

Home to many rivers, Lonavala also has innumerable dams. Bhushi Dam is a stunning spot where you can enjoy crispy pakoras and other delightful snacks from the various stalls nearby while the running water splashes across your face. If you’re planning a visit to Lonavala in June, we highly recommend pampering yourselves in the lush greens and cool waters of Bhushi Dam. The dam is open from 9 am to 3 pm.

These are only a few among the endless beauties that Lonavala proffers. Book your trip and pack your bags right away because your summers are going to be crazy in this hill station. Although you can visit at any time of the year, summer is a great choice because of the appealing weather conditions. Rest up at Rhythm Lonavala after a tiring day of taking in the sights of this unforgettable hill station.

Continue your booking