Plan A One-Day Trip To Lonavala: Here's All That You Can Do

    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 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. We particularly love their Japanese omelette and their pastries are worth digging into too. 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. A meal for two here will set you back about INR 1,000.

    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.

    Lunch at Hotel Lonavala's Restaurant & Bar

    Serving the usual mix of North Indian, Chinese and 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).

    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 politicians – 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.

    Check Out Lion's Point For A View

    Lion’s Point

    Lonavala, Pune

    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 amazing 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.

    Picnic At Ryewood Park

    Ryewood Park

    Lonavala, Pune

    Pack your picnic baskets and enjoy a classic picnic at Ryewood Park. This lush green park is a quintessential garden with benches and a botanical garden where you can nerd out on different flora. It is located in the main market, so you can stock up your basket with snacks quite easily before you head here. The park does not have much to do but if you have your gang with you, you can enjoy the vibe, go down a walking path, perhaps jam or play a few games. The park is open all days from 8 am to 5 pm, open alcohol containers are prohibited. And while you're here, please don't litter.

    Book A Hot Air Balloon Ride

    One hour of this ride promises 360 degree views of the Sahyadris while flying 4000 feet high in the air. The flights are usually conducted in the morning, and promise views of a spectacular sunrise too. At the end of the flight you also get a flight certificate signed by your pilot. Prices start from INR 11,000 per person.