Planning A One-Day Getaway To Lonavala? Here's All That You Can Do

Divya posted on 09 February
A little less than two hours away from main Pune city {by road}, and just over an hour away by train, Lonavala is often the easiest go-to option for weekend getaways. In case you can’t make it an overnight stay, we’ve also put together a 12-hour itinerary for you to make the most of a day-trip to Lonavala.

Breakfast at German Bakery Wunderbar

Sister restaurant to Pune’s own German Bakery, this is the ideal place for a hearty breakfast to get your day started! Eggs on toast, fresh fruit, oats, muesli – they have it all. It’s belly-filling food and easy on your wallet. If you’d like to take it up a notch, they serve alcohol as well {but don’t overdo it and spoil your day}.

Bakeries

Survey 136/E, Opp. Kumar Resort, NH 4, Old Highway, Lonavala, Maharashtra

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Shop at Lonavala Market - Maganlal Chikki & Cooper's Fudge Shops

A short distance away is the Lonavala Municipal Market, where you can bargain your heart out to buy knick-knacks and souvenirs like wood carvings, jewellery and clothing. The best souvenirs are of course, food; so on the way to the market, be sure to make two stops – one at Maganlal Chikki, and the other at Cooper’s Fudge and Chikkis {both legendary in their own right}. You simply cannot leave Lonavala without a couple boxes of Maganlal’s peanut chikki and jelly sweets, and Cooper’s choco walnut fudge and coffee almond fudge. Cooper’s shop is only open for a few hours a day and tend to run out of stock pretty quickly, so we advise heading there at the start of your day. As you work up an appetite shopping around the market – don’t forget to bargain!

Food Stores

Opp. Dr. Kamath Clinic, Siddharth Nagar, Lonavala, Maharashtra

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Lunch at Hotel Lonavala's Restaurant & Bar

Serving the usual mix of North Indian – Chinese – Mughlai food, the Lonavala Restaurant & Bar is an old-school favourite, popular among locals and tourists alike. You can’t go wrong with their tandoori fare, butter chicken, and mutton biryani. It’s reasonably priced, and we hear the service is quick. Save space for dessert, and ask for their seasonal specialties. They also serve alcohol here – but be sure to drink responsibly {i.e. don’t drink and drive}.
Casual Dining

Hotel Lonavla, Gawlinaka, Mumbai-Pune Highway, Lonavala, Pune

Visit Sunil's Celebrity Wax Museum

With a tagline such as ‘Why go to London?’, you’ve gotta give Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum points for originality. Started by Mr. Sunil Kandalloor with the intent of bringing the excitement of a wax museum to India for those who could not afford to travel to London to visit Madame Tussauds, the museum has grown really popular among tourists who visit Lonavala {don’t compare it to Madame T’s however}. Some of their older wax ‘celebrities’ aren’t very accurately depicted, but the newer ones look eerily similar to their real-life counterparts. From freedom fighters to Hollywood celebrities, sports personalities and even Indian politicans – there are around 84 wax statues here. Pop in just for kicks, if you like – at least you’ll get some fun photos for your Instagram. Tickets are priced at INR 200, and you can buy them online.
Museums

Old Mumbai Pune Highway, Gautam Park Society, Lonavala, Maharastra

Check Out Lion's Point For A View

There are several scenic vantage points in and around Lonavala, but we hear Lion’s Point is one of the best. Make your way here for some ah-mazing panoramic views of the surrounding valley – and if you can, stay until the sun sets. There are a couple of small food stalls nearby serving piping hot chai and corn pakodas, which you can munch on immediately, or take back with you on the journey home. Obviously, the views here are best in the monsoon season {because of the waterfalls and lush greenery}, but you won’t be disappointed.

Tourist Attractions

Lonavala - Aamby Valley Road, Dattawadi Road, Lonavala, Maharashtra

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If you’re looking for more adventurous activities, check out our recommendation for a Hot Air Balloon Safari in Lonavala  and our 24-hour Day Guide to Lonavala, here.