How to Plan a Family Reunion in Lonavala
Author : Machan Resort | Published On : 06 Mar 2021
One of the many joys of staying in Mumbai and its adjoining areas is the proximity that it shares to several beautiful and scenic weekend getaways around it. For people having worked in Mumbai all their life, they will swear by the need to take short but several of these weekend getaways to stay charged for their work pressures. That’s why most of them are really pleased that Lonavala is only a mere 105 kilometres away.
Mumbai to Lonavala – Train
There are as many as 25 direct trains that ply from Mumbai to Lonavala. The starting point of these trains are usually from Chatrapati Maharaj Shivaji Terminus of VT station as we Mumbaikars call it and train travel also becomes one of the cheapest and quickest ways of getting to and fro. The quickest train to reach you from Mumbai to Lonavala in a bullet time of just 40 minutes is the Pragati Express. The Mumbai to Lonavala distance covered from station to station is a mere 105 kilometres. The other trains that will also get you there include the Deccan Queen, the Indrayani Express, The BSL Pune Express and the Chennai Mail.
Mumbai to lonavala by Road
If the train is not your mode of commute of choosing than the next best alternative is to drive down to Lonavala, and let us assure you it is an experience in itself as well. The best way to reach Lonavala from Mumbai is to use the Eastern side of the city. There are two major express roads if you start from South Mumbai, one being the Eastern Freeway till Chembur and the other being the road leading up to Navi Mumbai. From here you will be instantly connected to the 8 lane super highway also known as the Mumbai Pune Expressway. The distance is roughly 85 kilometres by road. The rest stops have mouth-watering local treats to eat and pick up including fudge and chickey.
Family Resorts in Lonavala
The Machan, Lonavala
This nature resort in Lonavala is one of those luxury premium resorts near Mumbai which offer unique living spaces in opulent tree-houses coupled with breath-taking views. Cradled within 25 acres of pure natural habitat, The Machan is blissfully cut off from every day stress and powered primarily by renewable energy. The Machan’s ‘plus’ categories offer comfortable family accommodations and are designed keeping nature in mind. They offer spectacular views of a cloud forest making the property a perfect weekend getaway from Mumbai. Facilities include a Restaurant, Executive centre, Spa, Yoga, Nature Trail, Family-friendly, Couple-friendly, Paid Wi-Fi.
Della Resorts & Villas, Lonavala
This is another example of a prime property that literally has an activity for every single member of the family, across the age and gender spectrum. With a sprawling adventure park coupled with a range of accommodations, Della Resorts & Villas is spread over 43 acres of land, earning it the tag of India’s largest extreme adventure luxury resort. It also boasts of a suave nightclub and a 24-hour gym, spa and coffee shop. The adventure park is home to India’s Longest Flying Fox, ATV rides, paintball, and a myriad of other adventure activities. Facilities include multiple Restaurants, Bar, Gym, Outdoor Sports, Water Sports, Swimming Pool, Bike Rentals, Conference Room, Banquet, Indoor Games, Pet-friendly environment.
Dukes Retreat, Khandala
Dukes Retreat is a picturesque resort situated in Khandala. And is just a 3 km walk away from Duke’s Nose. It is also very close to other tourist attractions like Rajmachi point and the historic Karla caves for you to indulge in a range of sightseeing options. Class, comfort and an unrestricted view of the hills in Khandala means that Duke’s Retreat has the honour of rounding up our list of the best family resorts in Lonavala where you can spend an amazing time with your loved ones. Facilities include Restaurants, Bar, Swimming Pool, Gym, Spa, Conference Facilities, Banquet, Family-friendly, Wi-Fi.
Things to do on a Weekend Getaway near Mumbai
Lonavala is located at a considerable height of 624 meters above sea level and along with its twin hill station Khandala is also an important historical and religious destination with several landmarks that help define the times and cultures that existed back in the day of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and even the British East India Company.
Some of the more popular tourist attractions in Lonavala are places like the steeped in history Bhaja and Karla caves, everyone’s favourite Bushi dam, the Rajmachi fort and the most delightful and invigorating trek towards it, Ryewood lake and more. For the youngsters, there is always the twin attraction of water parks and the adventure park at Della Adventure and resorts. For the young at heart, there are gorgeous temples to visit and loads of places and resorts which will leave you feeling relaxed and restful.
Lonavala is also a delightful source of both fudge and chikki which is available in a host of different flavours and combinations and is a treat to behold especially when you need something to take back home to family and friends as a souvenir of your visit.