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 the Western Ghats that demarcates 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 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 cozy 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, slacklining 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 metres 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 to 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, a 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
Day 1: Arrive at the campsite and enjoy
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.
Day 2: Check-out of the campsite
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 a 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 included.
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 a twin-sharing basis is included along with In-tent amenities such as a 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 included.
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
Day 1: Check-in at 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.
Day 2: Go rafting and check-out of the campsite
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 endpoint 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 included.
Travel arrangements between your home city and the campsite are not included. Travel arrangements between the campsite and the rafting start/endpoint 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. The use of AC in the cottage will be an additional cost of INR 500 per night.
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, roadblocks, 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. The second best time is during monsoons when the Western Ghats are flourishing with lush greenery, waterfalls, and numerous rivulets.
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.
Team TGN thank you so much for an extremely awesome experience of river rafting in kundalika river.. it was worth..
I would describe their team as driven, enthusiastic and initiative bearing. Once I reached out to them for a camping trip, I was connected to one of their coordinators, Dheeraj Soni, who gave me multiple options, understood my requirement and timeline and suggested the perfect fit for us. They maintained effective communication with us and camp personal to ensure that we had a wonderful experience. I would certainly reach out to them for any future plans.
'Got to about TGN through Google, when I was looking for a professional tour operator to arrange a river rafting experience for a corporate group of ~100 pax, at Kolad. I got contacted by Mr. Venkat and his approach to handle the customer was way different than that of others with whom I was interacting at that point in time (Sept 2017). He seemed to be genuinely interested to provide the best experience rather than just doing the business and close the deal. He offered me couple of options ranging from mid-range to lux; and provided enough details that can be passed on to the group. He was prompt in handling & answering queries and one thing that really impressed me is the backup person he has arranged to answer queries, if he isn't available; even before the deal was closed. I chose him because of all these reasons... let me reiterate, I chose TGN because of the thorough pro Venkat has been with me. Besides lodging & boarding, I booked the rafts and guide, and the transportation from Pune to Kolad... so it was a package deal, and as any one can think, with a group of that size some changes are bound to happen - starting with transport ... he showed immense flexibility to split the transportation in just one day notice... which does got accolades from my team. Even at the rafting point, the group size changed from what we committed and just a phone call to him early morning was good enough for the rafting operator to arrange a brand new raft (which got unpacked and inflated right infront of us) to accommodate 8 members. Food and other arrangement at the resort: Food was pretty good... the resort provided piping hot chapatis, and food was lip smacking! Activities at the resort too was amazing despite heavy rains the resort arranged zip line for the group... One feedback: quality of buses could have been better. Overall a very satisfactory arrangement. Would recommend it anytime!!'
'On behalf of me & my friends I would want to take a moment to express my sense of gratitude and appreciation for team TGN. I planned an adventure trip to Rishikesh which happened to be a wonderful experience. I thank Mr. Venkat who I feel is an important asset to the company for planning and organising the entire trip. His excellency in managing customer relationship is truly commendable which plays a vital role in bringing business to any enterprise. Definitely looking for more such plans with team TGN in future. All the best'
'Let me begin by saying: One Must Experience Kolad White Water Rafting , it is super fun and now if you are ready for the fun.. you must ask these guys to plan the trip. Why ?? Let Me tell you... We have been to Kolad now twice and both times used The Great Next to book the rafting and also a night stay. So first thing first, the accommodation they provide, is i would say is pretty good. Well, after all your there for adventure and one can't expect a five star luxury: so rooms are neat and clean, Bathrooms are also tidy. The biggest benefit of this accommodation is the fact, that it is right at the starting point of rafting, so you can easily wake up say by 8 AM, enjoy breakfast ( good food) , enjoy morning sun with some out door activities and get briefed and trained and then ... hop onto life's thrill. The place they book you in is good a few acre property, they organize Bonfire and food is included in the package. ( this time around , the food was awesome ) Price: Very Very Reasonable and Value for Money 100% Ease of Booking: Pretty Simple, inbox em, or just log onto their website, a chat applet will help you book. I for both times booked via a gentleman named Mr. Venkat, really helpful and suggested us the right mix always. How to Reach: Take the tahmini ghat via Pirangut ( if traveling from Pune) and If from Mumbai, you need to take Khopoli _pali road SH 92 via Umbre. Well the place we stayed on both occasions was same and really simple to reach, in case you find it difficult to spot, they are really prompt to help and guide over the phone. Experience : If you are first-timer at Rafting then, it is for sure thrill and if Pro rafter then your exp depends on Dam gates.So, If more than 2 Dam gates are open on that particular morning, then boy you will have one exhilarating ride and if it is one or 1.5 gates, still rapids are good fun to get in and get drenched. All in All 4/5 experience. but for beginners A MUST !! Have fun and in case you any question you can ask me on Insta FB Page : Collared Hippie or my Insta ID : @collaredhippie.'
'Stress, work life balance and the chaos and the need to take respite from it - and so began the search, the need to escape from it all. So some quick search landed me up with the great next , and came across Rahul and Venkat. A silent retreat far away from the din of Mumbai, Kolad is one of the perfect weekend gateway. As you step in DM Farms, the earthly traditional cottages touch you. Its staff always come up with handful of sweets at end of every meal. They also made arrangements for bon fire , which was an added attraction and set up the mood perfectly for the night. Accompanied with musical chair. The rafting was conducted professionally and is a beautiful experience to be remembered lifetime. I went solo, however, came back making lovely friends.'
We took their service in Oct 17 for Rafting in Kolad. Came across their details while randomly looking for adventure groups. Once we contacted them, they co-ordinated with Hans Adventure resort for our stay and activities. Stay and food was good. Rafting was also arranged well. Recommended group �
'I wish i could have rated them zero but sadly there is no option for that.so i have booked this so called luxury tent stay with rafting for 8pax in kolad. Once we reached the rafting point (Daivya adventures) the staff over there was clueless about the booking from great next and clearly refused to 12-13 people who have booked through the great next, there was no network at that place even to contact anyone from the TGN team. We had wasted around 3-4 hours in this confusion and at last was sent without any proper briefing/ equipments and a novice kinnda raft instructor. It was a waste of Money and time. I will never recommend anyone to try this. Even the customer support is very bad. Vrushti was the one who sold me the package and never reverted after the problem. #waste #poorcustomersupport #tryotheroptions #bignono'
Dheeraj was very helpful in providing us the best option. The camp was amazing, more than what I was hoping for. There was only one issue that the resort didn’t receive any confirmation of our booking yet the owner of Gurugram resort was so nice that he didn’t let us suffer and provided us with best service.
It was an impulsive decision to plan for Kolad river rafting and we were really struggling to get the booking done over the long weekend. However, it was a random search that we came across TGN and the coordinator Rahul ,was really helpful with the booking at daivya adventures with group discount . Would really appreciate the coordination, responsiveness and the process they follow . River rafting experience was really amazing and we are truly contented !Looking forward for future adventures with tgn! Cheerz !
'Frankly speaking, I was a little worried when I chose TGN for my corporate offsite because my personal experience with TGN was not so great when I went to Kolad for River rafting. However, Venkat and Varun handled our corporate offsite very well. We were 57 employees altogether who stayed at Nature Trails. They had decent tents where you can stay the night. I was quite demanding and I requested extra meals and activities which were not part of the regular package and TGN managed it very well. TGN response time for queries was very good. DJ (Prem) understood our music taste and everyone was energized and dancing throughout. We enjoyed the sumptuous Maharashtrian cuisine. The fish and Chicken were amazing. Both Nature Trails and Daivya Adventures were very focused on safety during the adventure activities. Overall, I would like to say that this is a great place for Team Building activities and I would recommend this place.'
'It was a Great Team Outing with The Great Next. Mr. Amit Thakker from TGN suggested and help us (group 23 teammates from SMARTe) book a day trip to ZBAC Adventure, Kolad recently. TGN not only helped us with various options considering proximity, budget and activities we wanted to do but also help us choose the best place. Team TGN is very prompt in responding to our communications and made sure the arrangements were apt. Thanks TGN!'
We went for the rafting trip at Kolad through TGN, The trip was awesome it was the bestest experience of our life's, evry1 there was very supportive…
'Precap: We, a team of 15 people were planning for an overnight trip to Kolad, I had looked out few options but was uncertain, there was nothing I could pin point to. While surfing, I came across TGN website, going through I came in contact with Venkat. He answered all my queries and his suggestions were quite helpful. Travel: The campsite where we stayed was fantastic, the arrangements, the food, hospitality, in-house activities, all were taken care of. We had one hell of a time during our stay. Everyone enjoyed the activities that were lined up with the stay and went for rafting the other day, and I can say, our experience was a fun filled thrill ride along with awesomeness of the place. Word for TGN: 'Precap: We, a team of 15 people were planning for an overnight trip to Kolad, I had looked out few options but was uncertain, there was nothing I could pin point to. While surfing, I came across TGN website, going through I came in contact with Venkat. He answered all my queries and his suggestions were quite helpful. Travel: The campsite where we stayed was fantastic, the arrangements, the food, hospitality, in-house activities, all were taken care of. We had one hell of a time during our stay. Everyone enjoyed the activities that were lined up with the stay and went for rafting the other day, and I can say, our experience was a fun filled thrill ride along with awesomeness of the place. Word for TGN: The TRP for TGN is their quick and effective responsiveness. I was in regular contact with Venkat with almost 2 weeks before the trip and each time we two talked, he was patient and helpful at each and every stage of the planning. There are no cellphone n/w's in Kolad, he advised us to download offline map of the city and provided pointed map locations of our stay and the rafting meeting and end point which turned out to be helpful. I was briefed about our plan including each and every small details, these things helps you build trust. And the prices, they always manage to give u best quote which you cannot say no to. Keep up guys, thanks to Venkat and TGN guys working in background to make this possible. Every effort building this appreciated.' Keep up guys, thanks to Venkat and TGN guys working in background to make this possible. Every effort building this appreciated.'
Kolad rafting was excellent experience �natures trail resort it's arrangments ;food was very good .overall very happy weekend.
We went to this river rafting trip in Kolad through TGN, which was pretty amazing! The representative was pretty helpful and was available on the go in mails and chats to direct me through the registry and payment process. And the trip was awesome. Rafting, and it rained! Fun times. Thanks TGN.
The Great Next was a Great experience . Big thank you to Venkat for being extremely patient with me n helping me find just the perfect place to stay with my family . All the activities we did including Rafting were pretty exciting. The place where we stayed - Empower is maintained by Army persons. Therefore , their hospitality , cleanliness, surrounding beauty and the food, everything was top class . When at Kolad , stay at Empower !
Had an excellent experience with TGN.. We randomly came across their website and booked for rafting and other adventure sports at Kolad.... Rest was taken care by them.. it was truly amazing .. the people were so humble and yes we did enjoyed a lot... The experience is beyond explaination... Thanks a lot TGN... :)
It was a very awesome experience of river rafting in kundalika river near Kolad, and the plan and offer provided by TGN were just Fab, looking for more trips with TGN…
'We went for the kolad river rafting on 14th Oct 2017. It was amazing experience the staff and arrangement made was Awesome. Excellent guys TGN. Thanks for giving us such service .'
We were planning river rafting at Kolad. Vrushti quickly replied on my online request. Coordination was good. It was a fabulous, safe n cool experience. The arrangements were perfect to give a memorable experience without any hassels. I look forward to join for other activities too
'Had an amazing time at kolard thanks to The Great Next! They planned an amazing package for us and their instructors were amazing! Thanks The Great Next!'
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.
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