One of the most scenic routes of Maharashtra and also the most famous road trip that tourists often plan is the Pune to Lonavala Trip. Lonavala is a Sanskrit word, meaning, many caves much like the Bhaja caves and the Kalra caves. The best way to plan this trip is by booking our One Day Pune to Lonavala Trip by Car.

Popular among honeymooners, college-goers, corporate and even families, this one day trip from Pune to Lonavala is definitely on every traveller’s bucket list. If you are somebody who enjoys being close to nature, loves the sound that comes out of a thick forest like that of water gushing down or the humming of the birds, this getaway will in no time will become your favourite.

Lonavala is rightfully one of the most popular hill stations, for it has so much to offer. Lakes, dams, caves, temples, you name it, they have it. The drive from Pune to Lonavala will take approximately one and a half hours via the Mumbai-Pune expressway.

It’s a six-lane concrete road that offers mesmerising views of the Sahyadri mountain ranges, also popularly known as the Western Ghats. The roads have various passes and tunnels which is another reason why most people often opt to take a day trip from Pune to Lonavala by Car.

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What To Expect

Your One Day Pune to Lonavala Trip by Car will start early in the morning by 7 am. We will take the Mumbai-Pune expressway, which is fast, convenient and has the most scenic route. Our cab will pick you up from your hotel / residence in Pune and take you around all the places of interest in Lonavala and then drop you at your place of origin.

This day trip in a private cab will help you unwind in the lap of nature, amidst mountains, waterfalls and flora & fauna. Our first stop will be the Rajmachi Point, which is 6.5 km from Lonavala and is prominent for the beautiful view it offers of Shivaji Maharaj’s fort, Rajmachi.

From here, we will head towards Ryewood Park, which is like a thick forest with multiple trees and flowers. The next destination in our day trip to Lonavala would be the Valvan Dam, whose beauty lies in an alluring garden that surrounds it.

Bushi Dam will be next in our itinerary, where you can enjoy a swim in its water. From here, we will visit the Tiger Point, followed by the Lion’s point, both of which are a vantage point between Lonavala and Aamby Valley.

Further, we will visit the Karla Caves which would require us to climb a few hundred steps. From here we will also visit the Ekvira temple which is at a walking distance from the Karla Caves. Post our hike, we will entertain ourselves at Sunil Kandalloor’s brilliant wax museum.

Places to Visit in your One Day Mumbai to Lonavala Trip by Car

1. Rajmachi Point

Giving a brilliant view of both the Rajmachi Fort & the Mumbai Pune expressway is the Rajmachi Point. With lush green mountains and valleys surrounding this point, it makes for an ideal spot to take pictures, eat local delicacies, loosen up and feel the sense of fresh hair touch your face.

Being mostly surrounded by clouds, an early morning visit to this viewpoint would make you feel like you are in a cotton candy land. It’s the perfect sightseeing point in Lonavala to give you a vibe of what the hill station has to offer.

  • Things To Do: Do enjoy roasted corn cob here
  • Timings: Open on all days from 5:30 am–7 pm
  • Entry Fee: No Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Duration: 20 Minutes

2. Ryewood Park

Named after a British officer, Mr Rye, Ryewood Park is the biggest park of Lonavala, spread over twenty-five acres. Since it is located very close to the Lonavala Market, it attracts both locals and tourists who come here for their walks, have a picnic, or just to spend time amidst nature.

Previously famous for being a botanical garden, it was later converted into a park which today boasts of a variety in flowers, tall trees, a children’s park and open green lawns. What also brings various tourists here is the presence of a Shiva temple within its premise.

A local festival during Shivratri is also hosted here, which is the key attraction of this temple for its locals.

  • Things To Do: Mediate in the Shiva Temple and feel drawn towards your inner peace & nature. 
  • Timings: Open on all days from 8.00 am–7 pm
  • Entry Fee: No Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes

3. Valvan Dam

Built across the Kundali river is the Valvan Dam which is highly famous for its impressive height of 26 metres and its length of 1,356 metres. This dam generates electricity for the town of Lonavala & Khandala and some nearby villages.

Considering its scenic view, and an alluring garden at its base, the Valvan Dam makes for an exciting tourist spot. One can also get a view of the Valvan Lake from here, which is an artificial reservoir that came into being during the construction of the Valvan dam.

  • Things To Do: Being surrounded by water bodies, majestic mountains and a mesmerizing landscape, the Valvan Dam is an ideal spot for photography. 
  • Timings: Open all-day
  • Entry Fee: No Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Duration: 20 Minutes

4. Bushi Dam

Bushi Dam is one of the most cherished places by tourists and often makes it to their One Day Pune to Lonavala Trip. It was essentially constructed by the Central Railways in the 1860s to provide water to the trains’ steam engines. Over a while, owing to its popularity, it has been converted into a major sightseeing spot.

Carry an extra pair of clothes since tourists can enjoy swimming in its water, which is a must thing to do when in Lonavala. Do not worry as there are changing rooms and can be availed for a nominal charge. With the views of the benevolent mountains of the Sahyadri, spending time here becomes both thrilling and fascinating.

  • Things To Do: Swimming in the waters of the Indrayani river and indulging in maggie and filter coffee is a must-do. 
  • Timings: Open On All Days from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.
  • Entry Fee: No Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Duration: 40 Minutes

5. Tiger’s Point, Lonavala

Known for offering tourists with a great view is the Tiger’s Point. One can cherish the canvas of the sky drowned with clouds, waterfalls gushing down the hills and the green valley. One can also witness the entire town of Lonavala and its adjoining villages from here.

Many locals and tourists also know it by the name of Tiger’s Leap because if one looks closely, the structure of the viewpoint appears similar to that of a tiger leaping forward across the valley. It is also a popular echo point, and one can find lovers shouting names of their better halves here.

  • Things To Do: The corn fries at Tiger’s point is a very popular snack that every tourist vouches for. 
  • Timings: Open all-day
  • Entry Fee: No Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes

6. Lion’s Point, Lonavala

The highest peak of Lonavala is Lion’s point which is at an elevation of 650 metres. It is close to Tiger’s point and also strikes a close resemblance. However, Lion’s point is popular for giving a panoramic view of the valley as opposed to its counterpart.

Most visitors also come here to get an aerial view of the Tungarli Lake and Dam which can be seen very clearly from here. A key attraction for various tourists during their day trip to Lonavala is to enjoy a camel ride at Lion’s Point.

  • Things To Do: Do not forget to shop from an array of earthen decor items here. The designs on these items are inspired by the tribal culture of the locals which makes it interestingly unique. 
  • Timings: Open all-day
  • Entry Fee: No Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes

7. Karla Caves 

A comfortable climb of approximately 150 steps would make one reach the Karla caves. These caves are a group of sixteen rock-cut caves which holds religious significance for the Buddhists. Also known as the Karla Cells, these caves came into being between the second and the fifth century. In the yesteryears, it used to act as the residences of various Buddhist monks.

Of the sixteen caves, the eight cave, known as the Great Chaitya, is the most popular and the highlight of the caves. It is 45 metres long and 14 metres tall. It hosts a large prayer hall and also boasts of various intricate sculptures. These caves are also popular for its horse-shoe shaped ceilings, the ruins of Ashokan pillar with its stone facade and an arched gateway in between.

  • Things To Do: Enjoy the climb to the caves. It can be slightly tiring but the scenic views of the valley will make up for it. 
  • Timings: Open on all days from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Rs.20/adult. Entry for children below 10 years is free. 
  • Recommended Duration: 1 hour 

8. Ekvira temple

The Ekvira temple is dedicated to Goddess Ekvira which is located only a few steps away from the Karla Caves, and the duo is often a part of every tourist’ One Day Pune to Lonavala Trip itinerary.

Goddess Ekvika who is said to be the manifestation of Goddess Renuka is worshipped by the Aagri-Koli (fisherman) community who are nestled in various parts of Maharashtra owing to its coastline.

It is said that the temple was built by the Pandavas during their exile. Goddess Ekvira who was trying to test their ethics appeared before them and asked them to construct the temple overnight, which the Pandavas delivered. Stunned by their devotion, Goddess Ekvira gave them a boon to remain undiscovered during their exile.

Apart from the idol of Goddess Ekvira, there is also an idol of Goddess Jogeśvarī. Both the idols are always adorned with fresh flower garlands and vermillion. This temple is now a protected site under the Archeological Department.

  • Things to Do: Pray to Goddess Ekvira who is said to have magical powers. 
  • Timings: Open on all days from 5:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 1 hour 

9. Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum

Also referred by many as the Indian version of the internationally acclaimed Madame Tussauds is Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum. Opened in 2005, it was India’s first wax museum that boasted of a hundred sculptures.

This museum covers various personalities, starting from legendary sportsmen like Sachin Tendulkar to the international sitcom character, Mr.Bean and even the current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

This wax museum will fill your One Day Pune to Lonavala Trip with entertainment, fun and a lot of memories. You will be thrilled to look at the level of creativity & the uniqueness in each of the statues this museum has to offer.

  • Things to Do: Tourists often come here to take pictures of themselves with real-like wax statues of their most celebrated personalities
  • Timings: Open on all days from 9 am–9:30 pm
  • Fee: Rs.200 onwards
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes 

What to Eat

Whether it is Idlis drowned in piping hot Sambar or Garlic Naan with Paneer Butter Masala to an authentic Maharashtrian meal which comes with the iconic Vada Pao, Lonavala is a food lover’s paradise.

There are various restaurants under different budgets that one can choose from. Various small shops located in small lanes selling local dishes are also popular amongst tourists.

What to Shop

When in Lonavala, do not forget to shop your heart out in their local bazaar. If you are a decor lover or love re-doing small corners of your house, you will be thrilled by their vast collection. You can find earthen, bamboo and wooden home decor items like photo frames, flower pots, teapots, flower vases etc. You can also buy tribal junk jewellery for all your female friends and family members.


Our One Day Pune to Lonavala trip in a private car will ensure your trip is comfortable and you can visit each of the recommended tourist destinations with ease. Book our one-day cab service from Pune to Lonavala to visit the most cherished hill station of Maharashtra. For tourists staying in Pune for more than a day, check these all-inclusive Pune tour packages from Pune tourism.

Be it an adventurous climb leading to the Karla caves or the fun-filled experience at the Wax Museum, Lonavala will give you a combination of both adventure & entertainment Without further delay, book your one day Pune to Lonavala Trip by Car from Oneday.travel and spend a beautiful day amidst nature.

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