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Lonavala sunset

7 captivating reasons why families should visit Lonavala-Khandala

The families favourite twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala are very close to both Mumbai and Pune making for an ideal getaway on weekends and holidays from both. Located on the Mumbai-Pune expressway, the hill stations are a kilometre from each other with wonderful views of the Sahyadris.

Families should consider visiting Lonavala and Khandala for a variety of reasons. Here are some key points

A families good break or picnic

Since Lonavala and Khandala are so close to Mumbai and Pune, it is an ideal place for a short break and picnic for families. One can drive down or take the train or bus to Lonavala-Khandala. The hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala have a relatively cooler climate compared to the surrounding plains, particularly during the monsoon and winter seasons. This makes it an ideal destination for families looking for relief from the scorching heat of summer or a pleasant getaway during the winters.

These hill stations have several tourist spots that can be enjoyed by families. For example, Lion’s Point, Tiger’s Leap, and Amrutanjan Point offer breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. Families can also visit the Lonavala Lake and the nearby Bhushi Dam, where they can enjoy splashing in the water during the monsoon season.

Awesome views

The views from the various points of Lonavala-Khandala are spellbinding with the feeling on top of the world for families. They are the perfect places to click some great family pictures and wonderful profile pictures as well for social media.

Crossing the road to Lonavala

Lonavala and Khandala are hill stations located in the Sahyadri mountain range of Maharashtra, India. The region is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, including lush green valleys, picturesque hills, and scenic waterfalls. Exploring these beautiful landscapes provides a refreshing and rejuvenating experience for the whole family.

Scenic allround

The entire ambience in Lonavala and Khandala is something different. The air is fresher, the traffic less, the nip in the temperature – all the makes it a well deserved break and perfect as a getaway to recharge and relax. These hill stations offer various outdoor activities that families can enjoy together.

Trekking, hiking, and nature walks are popular options in the hilly terrains. Additionally, there are ample opportunities for picnics in scenic spots, boating experiences in serene lakes, and adventure activities such as zip-lining and rock climbing.

Lovely stays


No matter what your budget is and where you choose to stay, Lonavala and Khandala both have weather and climate that adds to the experience. If you opt for a valley facing accommodation then you will wake up daily to some of nature’s marvels for sure while in these hill stations.

Lonavala fort

Good food

For those who love chikki and tasty food, both Lonavala and Khandala do not disappoint with authentic Maharashtrian food available in all dhabas and restaurants. There are also Chinese, Indian and other options that one can choose to eat as well.

Lonavala and Khandala are famous for their local delicacies, especially chikki, a traditional sweet made of jaggery and nuts. Families can indulge in tasting these popular treats and explore the local culinary scene.

Fun times


The proximity of the hill stations to caves, lakes, amusement parks and also sights which join together a pre historic outing or wax statues of famous people with other experiences here makes Lonavala and Khandala high on a time to remember.

Lonavala and Khandala are not only known for their natural beauty but also for their historical and cultural attractions. Families can visit popular sites like Karla and Bhaja Caves, which are ancient Buddhist rock-cut caves known for their intricate sculptures. The Rajmachi Fort and Lohagad Fort are also worth exploring to learn about the region’s history.

Kune waterfall Lonavala

Magic in all seasons


There is something captivating in Lonavala and Khandala in all seasons. Be it the monsoon waterfalls and mist or the winter cool and views. Summer also here is a glorious time to enjoy some lower temperatures to the rest of India.

Lonavala and Khandala are well-connected to major cities in Maharashtra, making them easily accessible for families. They can be reached by road, rail, or even a short flight from nearby cities like Mumbai and Pune.

Overall, a visit to Lonavala and Khandala offers families a perfect blend of natural beauty, outdoor activities, historical sites, and local culinary delights. It promises a memorable and enjoyable vacation for all family members.


As a family, if there is some place to go, then the no-brainer choice is Lonavala-Khandala and it will never disappoint. A trek, dam visit, cave exploration or waterfall chasing, lake chilling, time in museums – the fun is endless in this twin terrific places. 

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