History of Lonavala


Lonavala is the most fascinating city of Maharashtra, discovered by Sir Elphinstone in 1871 and he was the governor of Mumbai administration. Though there is no strong assumption why this city was named as Lonavala but the main legend is that the city got its name from the Sanskrit word “Lonavli” which means enclosed with the caves.


As per the famous historical legends, the city was reigned by the Yadava dynasty in the historic times. Later on, Mughals took over the throne of the city and ruled for long time. Then, after Mughals, the city undergoes through the rule of the Marathas and Peshwas and under their ruling period, in Lonavala, lots of forts and places were established. Finally, the entire control of the city went into the hands of British in the year 1818.


After Independence, the city Lonavala took the shape of famous hill station in Maharashtra state of India. Loads of caves are the prime attractions in Lonavala and these caves holds great importance in the chapter of history. Caves like the Karla, the Bedsa and the Bhaja were constructed in the 2nd century by the Buddhist monk basically for their meditation. Also, as per some myth, the first people to reside in Lonavala were the four children of “Alandi” who spent their whole life on Indrayani’s bank.