Bushi Dam is one of the majestic picnic spots in Lonavla. The dam is magnificent during the monsoons with water gushing out through the dam make exhilarating waterfalls. The dam is located at the backdrop of scenic hilly terrains and lush green environments. This is a much sought weekend and vacation destination in Lonavla. Calm environment and cool atmosphere add the beauty of this site. Swimming is not allowed in this dam.
Another scenic point in the town of Lonavla is Wax Museum founded by Sunil Kandaloor, a 37- year-old wax artist from Kerala. Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hariharan, Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Mother Teresa, Sai Baba, AR Rahman, Balaji Tambe and Yesudas are among some of the famous personalities one will find at the wax museum in Lonavla.
Pawna Lake (Pavna Lake) is an artificial lake formed by the Pawna dam built across the Pawna river nearby Lonavla. The lake attracts many tourists due to its imposing natural ambience and cool climate. From the dam site one can view the majestic sights of Tungi, Lohagad and Tikona forts.
Karla and Bhaja Caves, located in the hills at a distance of 11-km from Lonavla, are important places to visit. These rock-cut cave temples dating back to 2nd century BC and are amongst the oldest and finest examples of Buddhist rock cut temple art in India, belonging to the Hinayana sect of Buddhism. Adventure seekers can try their hand at rock climbing at the Duke’s Nose peak and other locations in the Karla hills, near Lonavla.
Lohagad, literally means Iron fort, is an important hill fort used extensively by Chatrapati Shivaji. It has a long history and was used by all dynasties who ruled Vidharbha and Maratha kingdoms. The fort is placed at an altitude of more than 1050 meters. This fort is situated on the Sahyadri ranges and divides the Pavna basin and Indrayani basin.
The fort site is a fine destination for tourist with interests in architecture, archeology and history. The actual date of original fort is not clearly known but the known records points out some additional constructions such as a step well and big tank during eighteenth century. The ancient fort’s four mammoth gates are still intact and are in good condition.
Rajmachi is very famous fort near twin hill stations in Maharashtra – Lonavla and Khandala. Rajmachi fort is nearby 18/20 Kms from Lonavla on the top of the Western Ghats.. This trek is very good for the beginners. The highway from Khopoli to Khandala-Lonavla, known as Borghat, is an ancient trade route. Overseas trade of the Western India and the Deccan was carried through the ports of Chaul, Revdanda, etc., on the western coast.. Fort Rajmachi was built to control the trade route of Borghat. There are two Fortresses on Rajmachi -the taller one in the east is Shrivardhan and the other in the west is Manoranjan. Rajmachi is a unique fort having wide plateau on all sides of the twin fortresses.
Kal Bhairav temple is situated in the col between Shrivardhan and Manoranjan. Local inhabitants worship Kal Bhairav even today. An ancient Shiva temple, built in Hemdpanti style, is situated on the western side of the water reservoir. Rajmachi affords a magnificent view of sprawling ranges of the Sahyadri mountain and one can see from here a number of historical forts in the Sahyadri. Manik Gad, Karnala, Irsal and Prabal Gad (all forts) and Matheran (hill resort) are in the west. Dhak is in the North, Lohagad is in the east and Koyri Gad is in the south of Rajmachi.