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Here's How To Have An Amazing One-Day Trip To Lonavala
When it comes to a weekend getaway, we Mumbaikars still LOVE the good old Lonavala. From lush green hill views and clear skies to authentic Maharashtrian fare, we can't help but keep going back there. Running away from the city life, just looking for a chilled weekend, or passion for roadtrips - there are many reasons why we Mumbaikars land up in this hill station so often.
Now, if you're there only for a day, we've made an amazing itinerary for you guys. So, here's a list of things to do in Lonavala.
Kickstart The Road Trip To Lonavala (6:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
The drive to Lonavala is a trip on its own, to be honest. Early morning is the best time to start the journey as you can skip the traffic which comes later. Once you get out of traffic and hit the highway, it’s all about looking out the window and breathing in the fresh air. Now, if you're not driving or do not have access to cars, we'd say rent out a car from these services.
If you're already hungry, there are a couple of thelas on the highway where you can enjoy amazing chai, poha and pakoras. It's low key but is full of authentic flavours and spices. Tip: Stop at Manashakti Kendra where you can gorge on poha and piping hot batata vada followed by tea for breakfast. Pair it with red chutney or with fried green chilly.
If not that, you can stop by the food court too.
Trek It Out (9:00AM -11:00AM)
Mornings are the best time to trek in Lonavala or explore a fort.
Head to Karla Caves, a Buddhist rock-cut cave shrines located in Karli. You’ll need to climb steps and there are small hills in the vicinity. Characterized by large horseshoe-shaped windows lighting the interiors, the caves have vaulted interiors and attract tourists in hoards. It’s better to reach this attraction early. Note, that it's approximately 10 km away from Lonavala, so make sure you map it correctly.
Other Popular Places For Trekking In Lonavala: Lohagad Fort, Visapur Fort, Rajmachi, Duke's Nose, Tikona Fort, Bhimashankar.
Explore And Lunch At The Mapro Garden (11:30 AM - 2 PM)
Yup, it's now opened it's doors in Lonavala. Wohoo! Tucked away in the old Mumbai-Pune highway a bright red door reading Mapro Garden welcomes you in. A lot like the one in Mahabaleshwar, this Mapro garden too has got amazing strawberry themed decor, lots of greens and huge space allotted for Mapro products.
Now spend a good one hour exploring the garden, shopping for jams, chocolates, syrups etc., taking endless images. Once done you can enjoy an amazing lunch here. For those who aren't aware, Mapro Garden serves heavenly pizzas.
Must-Have: Italian Delight Pizza, Classic Sandwich, Fresh Strawberry ice-cream, Thick shake.
Visit The Dinosaur's Themed Park (2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Never thought you’d live to see a Jurassic Park in India? Well, brace yourself because there's an amazing dinosaur-theme park right here in Lonavala called Dinosaur Park. Sprawling across a whopping 6.5 acres of land, this amusement park consists of animatronic dinosaurs, games and events themed around dinosaurs.
Note that it's little ahead of Lonavala (near the Pawna dam), so plan your route accordingly.
Entry Fees: INR 250 for adults.
Drive Straight To The Lonavala Market (4:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
Shop. Eat. And Play at the Lonavala market.
Shop: Zillion boards of Maganlal Chikki, local spice markets and tiny food joints - welcome to the super busy Lonavala market. While there's not a lot to shop shop in Lonavala, you can always fill your bags with chikki from Maganlal and the iconic chocolate fudge from Cooper's.
Eat: Up for some evening snack? We'd highly highly recommend munching on wada pav, pakoras and samosas from Golden Vada Pav. Located at the heart of the market, this one's easy to spot. Thanks to a huge number of foodies lining up outside the tiny shop. Here's a local's guide to street food in Lonavala.Play:
Not many are aware about this, but there's a fun gaming zone in the Lonavala market called the Kumar Resort Game Zone. There's dashing cars and tons of video games. Once done, you can redeem all the won coupons and get yourself cute gift hampers.
Pause For A Quick Dinner And Drive Back
Being a super touristy place, there are plenty of options when it comes to restaurants in Lonavala. From cute cafes to fine-dines and dhabas, options are tons. If you're looking for something wholesome, we'd say opt for a Gujarati thali at Sancheti. Or if you're looking for something fancy, you can head to Della Adventure Resort, they've got a bunch of fine dines inside.
End your trip in Lonavala with a cup of chai at Jay Shiv Shankar Tea House. We hear the locals swear by this place.