If you are planning a vacation this monsoon, what place can be better than the beautiful hill station, Lonavala which is in proximity to Mumbai as well as Pune. This hill station is dotted with breath taking waterfalls, majestic hills and peaceful lakes which make it a hotspot for leisure travellers as well as nature lovers. Lonavala is also frequented by trekkers and hikers who seek adventure.
Bhushi Dam | Image Resource : blogspot.com
Lonavala is a part of the splendorous Shyadri hills and hence the scenic and panoramic views here are bewitching. You may also visit this beautiful hill station for a weekend and rejuvenate your mind and soul. Some of the most popular points of interest in Lonavala include the Ryewood Lake, Bhushi Dam, Bhaja Caves, Rajmachi Fort, Karla Caves etc.
The hill station has something to allure tourists all the year round. However the best time to visit Lonavala is between the months of June and September. This is the monsoon season and if you do not mind getting drenched this could be the best time to experience the immense beauty of nature here. The foggy, mystical weather at this time and the constant rainfall that fills the waterfalls and dams to the brim is a sight you would never forget.
Best Budget Hotels in Lonavala
Budget hotels in Lonavala
There are a number of hotels, resorts and guesthouses etc. strewn all across Lonavala that can be booked online via leading travel websites. If you are looking for budget hotels in Lonavala you may choose from the following hotels:
- Hotel Dreamland
- Hotel SaiNiwas
- Ferreira Resort
- Hotel Om Palace
- Hotel Aroma Cottage
The tariff of budget hotels and resorts in Lonavala ranges from Rs 1300 to Rs 2000 per night. Popular travel websites also offer special discounts on advance booking of hotels in Lonavala. You can expect all the modern basic amenities including complimentary wi-fi, air conditioned rooms, on – site restaurants, room service and conference facilities etc. at popular hotels in the hill town.
Delicious Cuisine of Lonavala
As Lonavala is a famous tourist destination it is laid out with countless restaurants and eateries which offer a variety of delectable dishes. Don’t forget to try out the spicy and refreshing local culinary surprises. For instance the spicy VadaPav and lip smacking Bhajiyas complimented with delicious masala chai is one of the hot favourites of locals and tourists in Lonavala.
Few of the most sought after eating places in Lonavala where you can grab a bite or two of local cuisine as well as varied dishes from all across the country include, the Hotel Gurukripa, Yoko Sizzlers, Café 24 and Hotel Rama Krishna. If you wish to have some mouth – watering Punjabi food in Lonavala the Hotel Gurukripa is the best place for you. It specialises in Indian cuisine and the food here is extremely pocket friendly i.e. Rs 200 for two.
Yoko Sizzlers specialises in a whole range of Thai, Chinese, Italian as well as Seafood delights. You can visit this restaurant anytime from 11 am to 11.30 pm and the food here would cost you around Rs 1100 for two.