Malavli is one of the growing towns and hill stations in Pune region in the state of Maharashtra. This small town is located at about 60 km far from Pune. There are local trains available in Pune and Mumbai by which you can reach Malavli. This place is also very close to two of Pune districts main tourist destinations; Lonavla and Khandala. Mumbai-Pune highway and Mumbai-Pune expressway both pass through this town. Malavli comes to life during the monsoon as the whole place gets covered by intense greenery with waterfalls and small lakes and ponds. The monsoon starts in the month of June and ends by late September. Malavli, Lonavla and Khandala are popular holiday destinations during the rainy season. People from all over Maharashtra and perhaps India go to this place during and after the monsoon for trekking and sightseeing. Malavli is a place which should not be missed. If you are trekker or you just like outdoor adventures then this is the place for you.
How to reach
You can reach Malavli by your own vehicle. For those who would like to use public transport, there are many local trains that reach this place from Mumbai and Pune. You can also take a bus or hire a cab.
Main Attractions of Malavli:
Karla Caves also known as Karli caves are one of the tourist attractions in this area. These caves are ancient Indian Buddhist caves that were made in the second century BC. The Karla caves are built into a rocky hillside with windows cut through rocks for brightening the cave interiors.
Bhaja Caves are a set 22 rock-cut caves that came into existence in 200 BC. Bhaja caves are very close to Karla Caves. One can reach Karla caves from here in about 20 minutes on foot. Bhaja caves are known to be on the main trade route in the past, which ran from the Arabian Sea into Deccan region.
Lohgad fort located in Malavli is the most popular tourist destination in this area. This fort is also known as the iron fort as the word Lohgad means an iron fort. Why this fort has been name Lohgad is for the visitors to find out. But I can assure you that you will know while visiting this place. This fort is located on top of hill at the height of 3450 feet. 4 to 5 hours trek to reach there will burn all the calories in your body and leave you exhausted. Lohgad fort is about 2000 years old and it still stands strong and tall. The fort is surrounded by intense greenery and has a view over Pawana Dam, which is probably one of most beautiful sights one can see.