Lonavala is a small hill-station in Pune district of Maharashtra, located at a distance of 64 km from Pune and 96 km from Mumbai. It is located in the part of Western Ghats that demarcate the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan Coast.
Lonavala is considered as the jewel of the Sahyadris, and is a hotspot for nature lovers, bird watchers and trekkers alike. The surrounding region is full of trekking routes, caves, forts and lakes, along with its proximity to Mumbai and Pune, making this a perfect weekend getaway for the city-dwellers.
Lonavala and the surrounding region is perfect for pitching your tents, and there are various camping packages depending on your choice of location and type of accommodations. While camping in Lonavala, you spend the nights in weatherproof tents with foam mats as well as comfort facilities like dry toilet tents with western commodes.
Most Lonavala camping packages include an afternoon or evening check-in, an easy day of fun amidst the nature, and a bonfire and barbeque session before dinner. After that, you'll retire for the night to your tents. In the morning, you'll awaken to the wonderful misty views and fresh clean air. After a hot cup of tea and breakfast, your trip ends.
This campsite is located halfway up to the Rajmachi Fort and overlooks the scenic valley on one side and the towering hills on the other. This campsite is at a distance of 8 km from Lonavala town. During the monsoon season, it is an absolute thrill to camp here as the landscape turns into a green paradise riddled with ponds, waterfalls, and streams with gorgeous views of the rolling clouds and green Sahyadris.
Another popular campsite in Lonavala is the Pawna Lake campsite, which is another great option for camping. The lake is located deep in the hills of the Western Ghats and here, you get to camp on its banks. The lake gives plenty to explore like cosy corners and charming gazebos, plant nurseries, well-manicured gardens, etc. You can also indulge in various adventure activities like kayaking, river crossing, swimming, burma bridge, tarzan swing, etc. Click here for Pawna Lake camping packages.
This riverside village is located one and a half hours from Lonavala and is a perfect destination for those who are looking for an extra dose of thrill on their camping trip as this is one of the best places to go rafting in India. There are many Kolad rafting packages with overnight stays which offer accommodation in tents, swiss tents, cottages, villas, etc. Click here for Kolad rafting packages.
Lonavala also has various trekking routes in its vicinity, ranging from easy treks to challenging ones. Some of the top 10 treks in Maharashtra are in the region around Lonavala. It is a popular place for trekkers and you can pair your camping trip with a short trek. Lonavala is abundant with forts, hills, rock-climbing areas, etc. where you can trek to. Below are some of the treks that you can do on your visit to Lonavala:
One of the most popular fort treks in Maharashtra, the Lohagad trek offers you a chance to explore the gorgeous landscape. On this easy trek, perfect for beginners, you trek 11 km to the iron fort called Lohagad, a once formidable battle station used by Shivaji.
This is one of the best spots for a short trek in Lonavala and offers epic views. It is also a spot for some very exciting adventure sports like rappelling, slack lining and more.
This is another popular fort trek located near Lonavala and is great for fit beginners. It has a rugged and interesting structure, spotted here and there with caves, cannons and a shrine.
Visit our page on Trekking in Lonavala to explore other treks that you can do when you're in Lonavala.
Trekking in Sahyadris is a mesmerizing experience and should not be missed out on. Visit our blog about trekking in the Western Ghats.
Lonavala has many other interesting places which you can visit while camping in Lonavala. Here are some of the suggestions:
Della Adventure Park: This is India's largest adventure theme part which is perched at 3000 feet above sea level and houses over 52 adventure activities.
Tiger's Leap point: This is a famous cliff-top with a sheer drop of 650 metre and it gives extensive views of the gorgeous valley.
Karla Caves: This is a complex of cave shrines that dates back to the third century BC. It was built by Buddhist monks and it also houses a temple of goddess Ekvira Devi.
There are two ways to get to Lonavala from Mumbai and Pune. The easiest and cheapest is by train as Lonavala is a major stop on the railway line connecting Mumbai and Pune. From Pune, there are local trains to the town at an interval of 2 hours. From Mumbai, you can either catch the trains heading to Pune or catch a Khopoli local and catch a bus/taxi to Lonavala which is 15 km from Khopoli.
The road option is the best way to get there as the drive is quite scenic, especially during the monsoon season. You can either catch a state/privately run bus or a taxi to reach Lonavala. If you're driving your own car to Lonavala, then you can take the Mumbai-Pune expressway. However, the expressway has a toll which can be avoided by taking the old Mumbai-Pune highway (NH4). The old highway is also the perfect route for bikers as the road is thrilling with few hairpin bends, and also because no bikes are allowed on the expressway.
The best season to go camping in Lonavala is winter. During this season, the mornings are misty and the nights cool, and the atmosphere is quite calm and serene. For the adventurous, the monsoon season is the best during this time, the landscape turns into a lush paradise full of ponds, streams, and waterfalls etc.
Summer is a great season only if you're going camping by a water body as the climate can be humid and hot during this season.
For your camping trip in Lonavala, the campsite operator will provide all the basic amenities like sleeping bags and mattresses along with all camping equipment, so you don't need to worry about those. But do check the inclusions section of the package you're booking as some budget operators might not provide sleeping bags or mattresses.
What you need to carry is a strong backpack, trekking shoes, sandals, a pair of extra clothes that are weather appropriate, light towel, sunglasses, cap, insect repellent, raincoat, sweater, etc. It is suggested that you wear full pants and full sleeved shirt/t-shirts after sundown as mosquitoes can be quite a nuisance in the Western Ghats.
Day 1: Arrive at the campsite and enjoy
Day 2: Check-out of the campsite
Today, you'll check-in at the campsite in the afternoon or evening where your tents will be allotted to you. You can then spend the day at leisure or go on a short hike to explore the surrounding region. Return to the campsite in the late evening for the campfire, and then retire in your tents for the night.
Today, you will wake up to a splendid sunrise over the Sahyadris. You will then have breakfast and relax at the campsite. You'll check-out of the campsite by noon.
Accommodation arrangements for 1 night in tents on twin-sharing basis is included. You will have in-tent amenities such as mattresses, light etc. Access to common, dry washroom tents will be available. All meals including dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 2 will be provided.
Outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing etc. will be arranged. All equipment required for outdoor activities like life jackets, fishing rods etc. will be provided by the operator. Campfire arrangements will be made depending on weather conditions. Services of experienced campsite staff will be available to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. All applicable taxes are inclusive.
Travel arrangements between your home city to the campsite and back are not included. BBQ snacks are not included but veg/non-veg snacks can be arranged at an additional cost which is approximately INR 400 per plate and may vary depending on the operator.
Sleeping bags or linen are not included. Personal expenses like apparel, gear, alcohol or additional meals etc. will be additional. Costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc. will be additional. Anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.
Day 1: Check-in at the campsite and enjoy
Day 2: Check out of the campsite
Day 1: Check-in at the campsite and enjoy
Today, you'll check-in at the campsite where your tents will be allotted to you. You can spend the rest of the day exploring Pawna lake or just relaxing on its bank. In the evening, there will be a bonfire and BBQ session. You'll then spend the night in tents.
Day 2: Check-out of the campsite
Today, you'll wake up to the gorgeous sunrise and then spend the morning relaxing at the campsite. You'll then check-out by noon. The trip ends here.
Accommodation for 1 night in tents on twin-sharing basis are included along with In-tent amenities such mattress, light, etc. Access to common, dry washroom tents will be provided. All meals including dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 2 are included. Outdoor activities like swimming, fishing along with the equipment required for outdoor activities like life jackets, fishing rod etc. will be provided. Campfire with be arranged subject to weather conditions. Services of experienced campsite staff will be available. All applicable taxes are inclusive.
Travel arrangements between your home city and the campsite are not included. BBQ snacks will be additional for veg/non-veg arranged at an additional cost of roughly INR 400 per plate and may vary. Sleeping bags or linen are not included. Personal expenses like apparel, gear, alcohol or additional meals etc. will be additional. Costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc. will be additional. Anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.
Day 1: Check-in at the campsite
Day 2: Go rafting and check-out of the campsite
Today, you'll check-in at the campsite in the afternoon and spend the rest of the exploring the campsite and Kolad. In the evening, there will be a campfire and then you'll retire to your tents for the night.
Today, you'll wake up early and head out for the rafting session. After battling Grade II and III rapids, you'll arrive at the end point from where you'll head to the campsite. There, you'll freshen up, have lunch and check-out of the campsite. The trip ends here.
Accommodation will be in non-AC cottages for 1 night on twin/triple-sharing basis. All buffet, veg/non-veg meals from evening snacks on day 1 to lunch on day 2 will be included. One 12-km session of rafting along with all rafting equipment required such as lifejackets, helmets, paddles, inflatable rafts etc. will be provided as part of the package. Services of experienced rafting instructors and campsite staff will be included. All applicable taxes are inclusive.
Travel arrangements between your home city and the campsite are not included. Travel arrangements between the campsite and the rafting start/end point will be at an additional cost of roughly INR 800-1,000 and may vary . It will be for a round-trip in a tumtum for 8-10 people.
Adventure activities package for kayaking, river crossing, zip lining is not included but can be arranged at an additional cost of approx. INR 500 per person. Adventure activities package for jet ski, banana boat ride, bumper ride can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 500 per person. Use of AC in the cottage will be additional INR 500 per night.
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc. are not included and will be additional. Personal expenses such as apparel or gear, extra meals or beverages etc. are not included. Anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.
The best time to go camping in Lonavala is during the winter season when the atmosphere is cool, with chilly nights and misty mornings of the Sahyadris. Second best time is during monsoons when the Western Ghats are flourishing with lush greenery, waterfalls and numerous rivulets.
Lonavala is located 64 km from Pune and 96 km from Mumbai, and has become a popular weekend getaway for the city dwellers. It is well connected to both the cities by rail as well as road. If you prefer to travel by train, then there are many trains like Intercity Express along with other passenger trails that ply between Mumbai and Pune, making a halt at Lonavala. There are also various buses that ply to Lonavala from both the cities.
If you are getting your own car, then you can take the Mumbai-Pune expressway to get there. The drive is scenic and fun. And if you are bringing your own motorcycle, then you can use the old Mumbai-Pune highway to get there, as motorcycles are not allowed on the expressway.
Since camping in Lonavala does not involve any strenuous activity, you can carry basic clothing that is comfortable. It is a good idea to wear full-sleeve t-shirts and full pants to avoid mosquito bites, and closed shoes to protect your feet from the elements.
For camping in Lonavala, you need to carry blankets/sleeping bags (only if the campsite is not providing the same). Other than that, you should carry sunscreen, extra pair of clothes, a towel, a cap and sunglasses. A raincoat is also important if you're going camping in monsoon, and a hoodie/sweater if you're going in winter.
There is no fitness requirement for camping in Lonavala and can be done with kids and senior citizens alike.
If you're camping in a forest, then you can go on a short hike around the campsite and enjoy the forest, and the flora and fauna within. If you are going camping at the Pawna lake, then you can spend your time relaxing at the lake, dipping your feet in and enjoying the cool water. There are also many forts in and around Lonavala where you can go for a short day trek. Click here to find out about the treks in Lonavala.
You can go camping in Lonavala during monsoon or winter. During the monsoon season, the Sahyadris are flourishing with greenery, so the experience is gorgeous. And during the winter season, the atmosphere is cool and misty, offering a perfect camping experience.
The operator will provide all the camping equipment. However, budget operators may expect you to carry your own blankets and utensils. So do check the inclusions of your package carefully. Depending on the weather, you should also carry raincoats and sweaters.
Lonavala lies between Mumbai and Pune and can easily reached by train or road. There are many trains that connect to Lonavala on regular intervals. You can also get there by road as many state and privately run buses ply between Mumbai and Pune. If you're getting your own car then you can take the Mumbai-Pune expressway, and you can take the old Mumbai-Pune highway if you're coming on your motorcycle.
There are no age restrictions for camping in Lonavala. Many families with senior citizens and children enjoy the experience of camping here. But do note that some campsites have a short walk between the parking area and the campsite. So do check before booking your camping package if you have a family/group member who might not be able to manage this.