Lonavala Vs Panchgani - Which is Better For You?

Lonavala and Panchgani are the popular hill stations in Maharashtra.
Lonavala Vs Panchgani - Which is Better For You?

Maharashtra is one of the most popular states in India. It is rich in history, culture and nature. There are many natural beauties in Maharashtra ranging from beaches, mountains, waterfalls, hill stations, lakes, rivers and more! There are many hill stations in Maharashtra which are known for their weather, natural beauty and the various activities you can do. The two most popular hill stations in Maharashtra are Lonavala and Panchgani.

The question arises, of these two, which is the best hill station for you? We are here to make your choice easier! Lonavala and Panchgani both have their plus points. Let us compare and decide which one of them should be your next weekend getaway!

The Location

Horse riding in Panchgani.
Panchgani and Lonavala are located on the Western Ghats.

The two hill stations have many similarities. Both are located on the Sahyadri Ranges of the Western Ghats. Both of them are surrounded by natural beauties, lush greenery and water bodies.

Panchgani is nestled amidst the five hills of the Sahyadri Ranges. The River Krishna flows in the valley in which the Dhom Dam is built. It is located 1293 metres above sea level. It is surrounded by various landmarks such as Lingmala Falls, Venna Lake and many others.

Lonavala is located in the Pune District of Maharashtra. It is located at a height of 622 metres above sea level. It has several forts, lakes and caves.

Since Panchgani is located at a higher elevation, the weather is also slightly cooler compared to Lonavala.


Panchgani is located 244 kilometres from Mumbai and 100 kilometres from Pune. Lonavala is located 83 kilometres from Mumbai and 67 Kilometres from Pune. As you can see. Lonavala is nearer than Panchgani to the major cities. Those who want to travel a smaller distance can choose Lonavala. Those who don’t mind longer travel can choose Panchgani.

Places To Visit

Karla Caves Lonavala.
Karla Caves is one of the famous caves in Lonavala.

There are many places to visit in Lonavala and Panchgani. They are rich in natural beauty and tourist attractions. Each of them has its own charm and both of them should be visited to make the most out of the Sahyadri Hills.

Some of the places to visit in Panchgani are Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple, Wilson Point, Lingmala Waterfalls, Venna Lake, Mapro Garden and Tableland. Some of the popular places to visit in Lonavala are Bhushi Dam, Tiger’s Leap, Karla Caves, Rajmachi Fort, Lohagad Fort and so on. If you want to have a great weekend getaway, both the hill stations in Maharashtra are great for you!

Duration of Visit

Since Panchgani requires 3 - 4 days while Lonavala requires 2 - 3 days to explore. Since the travel to Panchgani is longer, you will need more days to unwind yourself. If you want to explore all the sites and Panchgani then it will take a little longer.

If you want to explore forts in Lonavala, the duration will be longer. If you want to just relax and unwind, a 2 day trip to Lonavala is enough.


Mapro Garden, Panchgani.
Mapro Garden is the best place to shop for strawberries and fruit products.

Panchgani offers various opportunities for shopping. Panchgani offers strawberries, raspberries, homemade jams, honey and jellies. For enjoying strawberries. The best place to head is the Mapro Garden. You can also buy Kolhapuri Footwear, handicrafts and leather items from the Town Bazaar.

In Lonavala, you can try the famous Chikkis and Fudges. You can also take some, or a lot of it, home. You can also buy souvenirs from the Lonavala Bazaar.


Pawna Lake is a famous lake in Lonavala.
Pawna Lake Camping.

There are many things you can do in Lonavala, such as Pawna Lake Camping, Trekking on forts and hills, paragliding and visiting the various forts and caves. You can also enjoy a hot air balloon ride.

Panchgani is not behind. You can enjoy paragliding, explore the Mapro Garden and visit the Devrai Art Village. You can also go boating on Venna Lake.

Which One Is The Best For You?

Lingmala Falls, Panchgani.
Ultimately, you should be one enjoying the holiday!

It depends on what you want. Lonavala is a great quick weekend getaway spot if you are from Mumbai, Pune and nearby cities. If you have less time in hand, then a 1 - 2 day trip to Lonavala will do the job. If you don’t mind longer duration and more travel - then Panchgani is for you.

For those who want to explore caves and other historical sites, Lonavala has a lot to offer. Panchgani is more of a nature destination, while Lonavala can be both natural and historical. You can enjoy various activities in both places.

Ultimately, you should enjoy your getaway and make the most of it. Bigfoot Stay properties are the perfect place for weekend getaways and vacations. Read our blogs to know more about holidays and destinations near Mumbai and Pune.