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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What To Expect

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.

Places to Visit

1. Bhushi Dam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 

What to Eat

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

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.


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 oneday.travel, 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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