One Day Mumbai to Lonavala Trip by Cab

Mumbai to Lonavala One Day Sightseeing Trip by Car
Mumbai to Lonavala One Day Sightseeing Trip by Car (courtesy: itsmepravin)

Spending hours looking at the ocean, cold breeze touching your skin, and suddenly there is quick shower of rainfall. You walk a mile and then order yourself a cutting chai and a plate of Vada Pav. This is the charm of the city of Mumbai. The city that doesn’t sleep is also a city with various weekend getaways. Favourite amongst most is the One Day Mumbai to Lonavala Trip.

The distance between Mumbai and Lonavala is approximately 90 km. The car ride is rather a small one which takes roughly two hours. However it is advisable to start your trip early in the morning to avoid road congestion.

Our day trip from Mumbai to Lonavala by private car is not just popular amongst college students but also couples & families. With Maharashtra’s heavy showers during Monsoons, one can experience the lush green views of the Western Ghats. The roads are well-maintained, the route is scenic, and the occasional caves on the way is a nice experience along the way.

Despite being both popular & commercialised, Lonavala hasn’t lost its charm. Being surrounded by waterfalls, thick forests and mountains, Lonavala makes for a perfect one-day trip destination. This vacationing spot is undoubtedly the prettiest hill stations in Maharashtra and is excessively famous for all the right reasons.

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Overview of 1 Day Mumbai to Lonavala Tour

In your One Day Mumbai to Lonavala Trip by Car, we will be leaving for Lonavala in the morning & will return by late evening. We will be taking the Mumbai-Pune expressway which is the most sought after route.

Our first stop in Lonavala will be the Bhushi Dam which is made of stone & brick. Next, we will be visiting the Tiger’s Point, which is at a height of 650 metres. This will be followed by the Lion Point, a vantage point, which acts as a centre point between Bhushi Dam & Aamby Valley.

From here, we will head to the Karla Caves which will tend to enlighten you spiritually, followed by the Ekvira temple which is at a walking distance from the Karla Caves. After paying our respects to Goddess Ekvira, we will head to the Bhaja Caves which are a group of 22 caves.

Like most hill stations, Lonavala also has a popular lake, Tungarli Lake, which is next in our one-day Lonavala tour. The last place of sightseeing would be the Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum, which is the first wax museum of India and came into existence way before Madame Tussauds.

Highlights of One Day Mumbai to Lonavala Trip

  • Full-day Mumbai to Lonavala Local Sightseeing Tour
  • Duration: 12 to 15 hours
  • Tour by Private Cab (not shared with others)
  • Pickup & Drop: Mumbai Hotel / Home
  • Places Covered: Bhushi Dam, Tiger’s Point, Lion’s Point, Karla Caves, Ekvira Temple, Bhaja Caves, Tungarli Lake, and Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum

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Package Cost of 1 Day Mumbai to Lonavala Sightseeing Trip by Cab

Honda Amaze Sedan Car for One Day Trip
Amaze / Etios / Dzire
4 Seater / Sedan

₹ 4,499/-

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga SUV Car for One Day Trip
Maruti Ertiga
6 Seater / SUV

₹ 5,499/-

Toyota Innova SUV Car for One Day Trip
Toyota Innova
6 Seater / SUV

₹ 5,999/-

Toyota Innova Crysta SUV Car for One Day Trip
Toyota Innova Crysta
5-6 Seater / SUV

₹ 6,499/-

Toyota Fortuner SUV Car for One Day Trip
Toyota Fortuner
6 Seater / SUV

₹ 6,999/-

Tempo Traveller Mini Van for One Day Trip
Tempo/ Force Traveller
13-20 Seater / LCV

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1 Day Itinerary of Lonavala Local Sightseeing Tour from Mumbai

Pickup from your Home / Hotel in Mumbai at 7:00 AM

S.NoSightseeing PlaceRecommended Duration
1Bhushi Dam30 minutes
2 Tiger’s Point30 minutes
3Lion’s Point40 minutes
4Karla Caves20 minutes
5Ekvira Temple20 minutes
6Bhaja Caves30 minutes
7Tungarli Lake20 minutes
8Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum40 minutes

Drop back at your Home / Hotel in Mumbai by 9:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Guests can visit all the Lonavala tourism places listed above or remove any of the places that they don’t want to visit. Inclusion of any other sightseeing place not listed above is normally not permitted. However guests can check with their cab provider if any exceptions possible, while booking this Mumbai to Lonavala sightseeing tour by private car.

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Places to visit during your One Day Mumbai to Lonavala Trip by Car

1. Bhushi Dam

Bhushi Dam with Mumbai to Lonavala Sightseeing Tour by Cab
Bhushi Dam with Mumbai to Lonavala Sightseeing Tour by Cab (courtesy: kavyasuvarna)

Constructed in the 1860s by the Central Railways, this masonry dam was built to provide water to the steam engines. One can find this dam on their way to Aamby Valley. The best time to visit the Bhushi Dam is during monsoons when it’s raining rather heavily.

This sightseeing place in Lonavala has various shops which serve your typical hill station delights like maggie, sweet corn, tea, coffee etc. The waters of the flowing Indrayani river and the scenic views of the western ghats makes visiting the Bhushi Dam a delightful experience.

  • Things To Do: The main attraction of the dam is for travellers to take a natural shower. Do carry an extra pair of clothes. To aid this, there are various changing rooms as well. 
  • Timings: Open On All Days from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.
  • Entry Fee: No Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Duration: 40 Minutes

2. Tiger’s Point

Tigers Point with Mumbai to Lonavala Sightseeing Tour by Taxi (courtesy: ajitsandhu)

Every hill station has a viewpoint from where you get the best views of the entire town from a very high altitude. From the mountains & the waterfalls to the habitation and the plantation, that’s exactly what Tiger’s Point will offer you in your day trip to Lonavala from Mumbai.

Also known as Tiger’s Leap, the name draws inspiration from the impression of a tiger leaping forward across the valley. When at tiger’s point, do try the corn fries being sold by the locals.

  • Things To Do: The echo point here is on every traveller’s bucket list. Say a name/phrase in a loud tone and hear a strikingly loud echo of it. 
  • Timings: Open all-day
  • Entry Fee: No Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes

3. Lion’s Point

Lions Point with Mumbai to Lonavala One Day Sightseeing Tour by Car
Lions Point with Mumbai to Lonavala One Day Sightseeing Tour by Car (courtesy: sonika-agarwal)

Very close to Tiger’s point is the other popular viewpoint, Lion’s point, which is well-known for giving a 360-degree view of the valley. One can see various small waterfalls and the Tungarli Lake and Dam from here. One can hear the chirping of birds and the sound of the water gushing down the valley, which is such a refreshing change compared to the honking cars in the city life.

If you are somebody who loves earthen decor items, you will be in for a treat. There are dozens of shopkeepers selling pots, vases, piggy banks, lamps, bottles etc.

  • Things To Do: One can enjoy camel rides at this point. 
  • Timings: Open all-day
  • Entry Fee: No Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes

4. Karla Caves

Karla Caves with Mumbai to Lonavala Sightseeing Tour by Car (courtesy: michaelripley)

Most tourists often take the Same Day Mumbai to Lonavala Trip to visit the Karla caves since they hold both religious and historical significance. The Karla caves are a group of sixteen rock-cut caves which came into being from the 2nd century BCE to the 5th century CE.

The 8th cave, also popularly known as the Great Chaitya is the most popular since it has a large prayer for the Buddhists.It is said that in the past, Buddhist monks used to reside here. It has fine sculptures of men, women, and various animals. One can also find the remains of the Ashoka Pillar here.

One will need to climb approximately 150 steps from the upper parking area to reach the Karla Caves. The climb is beautiful with views of the lush green valley.

  • Things To Do: Talk to the security guide at the Karla Caves who can give you a historical insight into the place. 
  • Timings: Open on all days from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Rs.20/adult. Entry for children below 10 years in free. 
  • Recommended Duration: 1 hour 

5. Ekvira Temple

Ekvira Temple with Mumbai to Lonavala Sightseeing Tour by Cab (courtesy: harinicalamur)

Dedicated to Goddess Ekvira, also known to be the incarnation of Goddess Renuka is the Ekvira temple located close to the Karla Caves. She is considered as the prime Goddess of the Aagri-Koli (fisherman) community. One needs to climb approximately 500 steps to reach this hilltop temple.

Originally, there were three similar-looking shrines in the temple. However, only two of them are completely preserved. These shrines are further surrounded by sixteen smaller shrines. The idol of the Goddess is silver in colour and is adorned with various flower garlands.

  • Must See: The scenic view one can get on their way to the top is worth the climb. 
  • Timings: Open on all days from 5:00 AM – 12:00 PM and from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 1 hour 

6. Bhaja Caves

Striking very close resemblance to the Karla caves are the Bhaja caves, which are a group of 22 rock-cut caves. These caves are dedicated to the Buddhist community. There are various inscriptions on the caves which are now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.

The striking feature that bring most tourists on their One Day Mumbai to Lonavala Tour is the presence of various stupas. Of the 22 caves, the most alluring one is the 12th cave, Chaityagriha, which has gained popularity for its architecture, most of which is done using wood.

The unique horseshoe-shaped entrance & ceiling, the carvings of women playing the tabla, sculptures of various kinds of tribal jewellery adds to the charm of these marvellous caves.

  • Things To Do: Apart from closely looking at the detailings inside, also look for a beautiful waterfall right outside the caves. 
  • Timings: Open on all days from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Rs.15
  • Recommended Duration: 2 hour 

7. Tungarli Lake

Tungarli Lake with Mumbai to Lonavala Sightseeing Tour by Cab (courtesy: ramakrishnareddyyekulla)

While one can get an aerial view of the Tungarli Lake from the Lion’s Point, a closer look is always recommended. It is an artificial reservoir which was constructed by the Britishers. A fifteen-minute drive from the city centre will bring you this picnic spot that many people aren’t aware of.

Because of its unpopularity, you won’t find many tourists here either. The lake isn’t ideal for swimming because of strong currents, yet one can enjoy the scenic views from the lakeside, take their picnic and enjoy some time close to nature.

  • Things To Do: One can reach here before sunset to see the changing colours of the sky with the backdrop of the lake and the hills.
  • Timings: Open on all days from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes 

8. Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum

Sunils Celebrity Wax Museum with Mumbai to Lonavala Sightseeing Tour by Taxi
Sunils Celebrity Wax Museum with Mumbai to Lonavala Sightseeing Tour by Taxi (courtesy: yogeshvhora)

A holiday is nothing without a little entertainment. In your One Day Mumbai to Lonavala Trip, you will also stop by at the Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum where you can see approximately a 100 sculptures of celebrities, from freedom fighters to actors. Few of the best wax sculptures are of Mahatma Gandhi, Rajnikanth and Narendra Modi.

Sunil Kandalloor who owns the museum is one of the most notable sculpture artists of the country. He initiated the trend of wax sculptures in India and opened the first of its kind wax museum in 2005, long before international wax museum franchises made their way.

  • Things to Do: Take pictures standing next to the wax statues of your favourite actors, politicians or other personalities
  • Timings: Open on all days from 9am–9:30pm
  • Entry Fee: Rs.200 onwards
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes 

Things to do on Same day Lonavala trip from Mumbai by Car

What to Eat during your Same Day Mumbai to Lonavala Trip by Car?

From eating at a small local eatery tucked in a lane to a fine dining restaurant, one can indulge in a great meal when in Lonavala as per their choice and budget. While the state famous Vada Pao is readily available in Lonavala, one can also enjoy North Indian, Chinese and South Indian here.

If you are somebody who loves experimenting and trying new cuisines, we highly recommend trying an authentic Maharashtrian meal from a local restaurant.

What to Shop during your Same Day Mumbai to Lonavala Trip by Cab?

The local bazaar of Lonavala boasts of an array of handicraft artefacts including clay pots, idols, decor item made of wood & bamboo. Ladies and young girls can even buy tribal earrings, rings and necklaces. One can also shop for local sweets such as dry fruit & peanut chikki which are made using jaggery.

Package Inclusions

  • Pick and drop from Home / Hotel in Mumbai
  • Selected Cab for Lonavala sightseeing from Mumbai as per the above Itinerary
  • Car Rent
  • Fuel Cost
  • Driver Allowance

Package Exclusions

  • Toll-gate Charges if any
  • Vehicle Parking Charges
  • Entry Ticket Fee at tourist places in Lonavala
  • Breakfast, Lunch or any meal
  • Lodging / Accommodation in Lonavala
  • Vehicle beyond the mentioned time duration
  • Vehicle beyond the designated tour route

Terms & Conditions

Travelers are requested to follow the given itinerary for 1 Day Mumbai to Lonavala Sightseeing tour package. Ideally this same day Lonavala tour package from Mumbai can not be customized, however if guests prefer to visit different set of places in Lonavala sightseeing tour, they can check the possibility of the same with the listed car rental companies and request for a custom quote.

The time spent on each Lonavala tourist attraction is to be followed as per the Itinerary schedule. In case of any delays or additional time spent at a particular place, driver or car rental company will not be responsible to cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary.

Please also note that if a particular Lonavala sightseeing place is closed on the scheduled day of the tour, it will not be covered from the list of sightseeing places. Please check the possibility of visiting an alternate place with cab vendor before you book the tour.


Is there any possibility to add / remove tourist places in this Mumbai to Lonavala sightseeing tour?

Ideally, no. However you can check with listed Mumbai cab vendors before booking the tour on any possibility to customize the tour. Additional charges might apply.

All in all, it can be safe to claim that your One Day Mumbai to Lonavala trip by car will be fruitful. With a car from, you can be assured that your journey is going to be memorable, convenient and comfortable.

A one day road trip to Lonavala would allow you to witness not just the sightseeing places with ease but would also let you enjoy the scenic routes you will find during your journey. Without any delay, add Lonavala to your bucket list of the top 10 hill stations to visit in India.


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