Lavasa is India’s first and largest manmade hill station sprawling across 7 hills. Being just 65 kms from Pune and 200 kms from Mumbai, it provides a quick weekend getaway for stressed city dwellers. Clean, stylish and different is what makes Lavasa stand out from other hill cities. No wonder, Lavasa tourism has only seen an upward graph since the time it has opened itself to people.
Nestled amidst the verdant Sahyadri mountain range, Lavasa will mesmerise you with its breathtaking green landscapes, snow white waterfalls and clouds coming down to meet you (only if you visit during the monsoon).
Lavasa is an urban township planned along the lines of Portofino, an Italian fishing village. So you will see red, yellow and orange buildings with European names like Boulevard, Celosia and Thicket. Undoubtedly, it’s as charmingly European as it can be.
What to do in Lavasa?
There are a lot of activities for a day’s or a weekend holiday in Lavasa:
Start with a quick visit to the Lavasa Experience Centre where you can get information and can watch an audio video presentation on the city.
Book a HOHO (hop on, hop off) mini bus or a toy train to take you on a joy tour of Lavasa.
Hop on Hop off tour bus in Lavasa
For kids and water babies, Lakeshore Watersports is the ideal spot to be. A number of water activities like boating, jet skiing, swimming, pontoons, inflatable toys, bumper boats and pedal boats are available. If nothing else, just sit there and enjoy the lush bounty of nature.Water sports in Lavasa
If you are an adventure enthusiast, head to Xthrill Adventure Academy where you can try rappelling, rock climbing, paint ball, etc.
For the love of adventure
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Games arcade provides a variety of games like neo arcade, electronic darts and photo play.
Games Arcade in Lavasa
Go on a nature trail and spot some wild flowers and rare birds in the nearby woods.
Nature walk in Lavasa
Visit Bamboosa craft factory and workshop. There are 6 different types of bamboos that grow in abundance in the forests of Lavasa. Bamboosa was created to spread awareness about bamboo being an ecofriendly and greener substitute to plastic, timber and metal. See the gifted artisans creating beautiful pieces of furniture and handicrafts out of bamboos. Do not forget to take a few souvenirs back home.Bamboosa factory in Lavasa
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Go for a walk at Waterfront Promenade in the evening lights. The lake, cobbled walking plaza, pleasant climate and lights creates an old world feeling that’s hard to forget.
Waterfront Promenade walk will kindle romanticism
With so many activities to keep you occupied you will have a blast of a vacation in this planned hillsation, that’s for sure.
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How To Get Here
The nearest railway station is Pune. From there, take a taxi or drive to Lavasa which is a one and a half hour ride. From Mumbai, it takes roughly 5 hours with a pit stop.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Lavasa is from June to February when the climate is pleasant.
Where to eat?
The waterfront promenade offers many options from fine dining restaurants to fast food eateries. From American food to Asian cuisines, Lavasa serves it all. However, keep in mind, these places are usually crowded and are comparatively more expensive.
Where to stay?
Hotels are a bit expensive, however the beautiful view you can get from some of the hotels will make you forget that. Make an advance booking as the options are fewer and they get fully booked during the wedding season.