Places for Camping in Lonavala - shirota lake

8 Places for Camping in Lonavala

Lonavala is the top place among weekend camping destinations. There are many campsites in and around Lonavala but we have mentioned only eight best places for camping in Lonavala.

At the end of the article, we have given some recommendations and things to remember while booking a campsite near Lonavala

Top places for camping in Lonavala are

  • Pawna lake 
  • Jadhavwadi lake
  • Rajmachi fort base
  • Uksan lake
  • Shirota lake
  • Korigad fort
  • Tikona fort base
  • Malawandi lake

1) Pawna Lake, Lonavala

Recommended, most popular, on every weekend

Tents in a row

It’s a serene place and is a fabulous weekend gateway. Greenery encompasses this lake, making it a delight for those who want to spend time in the lap of nature. You can trek to the nearby hills, listen to music, camp there and enjoy flavorful food cooked by the locals. The locals there provide you with a safe spot, security, tents, food and also a speaker that you can connect with your phone or laptop and listen to music while you star-gaze in the night. It is very silent and a great place to breath fresh air. One of the most popular places for camping in Lonavala.

Ans: Pawna lake camping is within driving distance of 58 km from Pune and 21 km from Lonavala. It takes 15 min to reach camping sites from village Pawananagar.

Ans: Once you reach Lonavala or Kamshet by railway, then you need to hire a private jeep from there. If you are coming from Mumbai then find jeeps outside Lonavala station. Also If you are coming from Pune then find jeeps outside Kamshet railway station. Transportation cost is around 1000 rupees per way per jeep. For more information about transportation, visit: How to reach Pawna lake 

  • check-in after 4:00 PM (late check-in allowed but early check-in not allowed)
  • snacks from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
  • BBQ from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • bonfire after 9.30 PM
  • dinner from 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM
  • silent hours 12:00 AM to 6:00 AM
  • next day breakfast from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
  • check-out at 11:00 AM (late check-out not possible but early check-out allowed)

Get a tent stay beside the lake for overnight. Enjoy BBQ, Dinner, Bonfire and Music. Indulge in activities and give yourself a refreshing camping experience at just Rs. 1199 (No hidden cost).

– 4 pm to next day 11 am
– Sharing tents
– Evening high tea (with Pakoda)
– Barbeque (veg/non-veg; Pav kilo per person)
– Dinner(veg/non-veg;unlimited)
– Common bonfire and music
– Breakfast (Tea and Poha)
– Others: first aid kit, parking, common toilets (No bathrooms)
– Archery, Dart game, Cricket, Football, Badminton, Carrom, Volleyball and more.

  • Ans: Pawana Lake offers all you’ve dreamt of in a holiday location – a calm setting, beautiful landscapes with unmatchable sceneries and the freedom to explore. From the ancient ruins of forts to untouched pastures of lands, there is so much to see. 
               There are many tourist attractions nearby campsites like Tung fort, Tikona fort, Lohagad fort, Visapur fort, Bhaje caves, Hadshi temple, Boating club, Chinmay vibhooti and much more.

– Barbeque, Bonfire
– Indoor games like Carrom, Chess, Cards
– Outdoor games like Cricket, Volleyball, Football, Badminton, Archery and more.

Ans: Yes, Pawna lake camping is completely child-friendly. You can enjoy camping with your family.

Ans: Due to a pleasant climate throughout the year, Pawana Lake remains an underrated favourite to be visited anytime you want to. The monsoon months are astounding as the pastures and meadows turn vivid green, a perfect time to savour the eye-pleasing gifts of nature. Winter season from November to February is also a great time to visit the place due to the chilly weather and tranquil environment.

2) Camping at Jadhavwadi lake, Talegaon

highly available, less popular, almost on every weekend

Camping near Lonavala

You have a chance to explore the untouched beauty of Jadhavwadi lake. It is the most excellent place for overnight camping near Lonavala. This campsite is around 25 km from the city centre of Lonavala but road till campsite is very good. 

Ans: Mindpeace camping offers you a lakeside camping spot near Pune. Situated just 38kms away from Pune. Its just 11 km away from Talegaon and on the edge of Jadhavwadi dam. 

Ans: Talegaon railway station is nearest railway station to Mindpeace camping. Once you reach Talegaon you can hire cabs for Jadhavwadi, Navalakh Umbre.

4 PM: check-in to next day 11 AM check-out.
5.30 PM: Evening high tea(with Pakoda)
7.30 PM: Barbeque
9.30 PM: Dinner
10.00 PM: Common bonfire and Music
8.30 PM: Breakfast
Activities anytime

₨. 999 per person
– 4 pm checkout to next day 11 am checkout
– Sharing Tents
– Evening High Tea (with Pakoda)
– Veg BBQ (Pav kilo per person)
– Chicken BBQ (Pav kilo per person)
– Dinner (Veg/Non-Veg; Unlimited)​
– Common bonfire & Music
– Breakfast (Tea and Poha)
– Activities: Archery, Dart-game, Cricket, Football, Volleyball, Badminton, Sliding, Seesaw, Swing & many more
– Other: First Aid Kit, Parking, Common Toilets 

Ans: As Mindpeace camping is situated in Maval taluka it is surrounded by many tourist places like. – Jadhavwadi dam – Kasarsai dam – Prati Shirdi, Shirgaon – Ghoradeshwar – Bhandara Hills

– Barbeque
– Archery
– Dart-game
– Cricket, Football
– Volleyball
– Badminton
– Sliding
– Seesaw
– Swing & many more

Ans: Yes, Mindpeace camping is child-friendly as well as pet friendly without extra charges.

Ans: Rainy season and just after the rainy season is the best time to visit Mindpeace camping. It is simply awesome during the rainy season, typically from July to September. You will find lush green nature, waterfalls and foggy surrounding.

3) Camping at Rajmachi fort Base, Lonavala

less popular but recommended

Rajmachi base camping

Rajmachi is a fort located near Lonavala it offers an amazing view of the Sahyadri mountains and the backwater of Shirota dam. It’s one of the less explored camping spots in Lonavala. The road till campsite is not so good but nature is worth visiting. 

Ans: Rajmachi Fort is 16 km trekking distance from Lonavala. Visible from Mumbai-Pune Expressway on the right-hand side of Borghat. 

Ans: Lonavala is the nearest railway station to reach Rajmachi Fort. Once you are at Lonavala station you can hire a taxi or private cab to reach Rajmachi Fort.

Day 1 – Saturday

05:10 pm Meet the Team at Lonavla Railway station
05:30 pm Move towards Rajmachi by Jeep transport
06::30 pm Reach Base Village and explore the surrounding
09:30 pm Dinner time
10:30 pm Stories, sharing experiences, fun-filled chit-chats and lots more. Take rest for the day relaxing under the sky; watching stars.

Day 2 – Sunday
06:00 am Wake up call
07:00 am After Breakfast Start trekking towards Shrivardhan Fort in a cool pleasant
09:30 am Reach base village take some rest.
10:00 am get fresh and after that walk towards Godhaneshwar Temple – Shiva Temple
11:00 am Have Lunch and leave for the Lonavala railway station
01:30 pm Catch Mumbai / Pune train or bus from Lonavala

Event Fee: Rs.1700/- per person. Payment once done is non-refundable, do check for availability before making a payment.

– Dinner
– Stay
– Breakfast
– Trekking towards Shrivardhan fort
– Godhaneshwar temple
– Lunch

– Udaysagar lake
– Temple of Mahadev
– Temple of Bahiroba
– Shrivardhan fort
– Maharanjan fort

Ans: Kids below 15 with parents supervision only.

Ans: Pre-monsoon and monsoon are the best times to visit Rajmachi Fort. During Pre-monsoon the forest around the fort glows with fireflies at night and during monsoon, you can enjoy the beautiful caves and waterfalls

4) Camping at Uksan lake, near Kamshet

less available, less popular, not on every weekend

camping at Uksan lake

Uksan lake camping offers accommodation with access to the lake. This area not so popular and not very near to Lonavala city centre.

Ans: Uksan lake camping is situated at a distance of 25 km from Lonavala and around 10 km from Kamshet.

Ans: Kamshet station is nearest to Uskan lake camping. Once you reach Kamshet by railway then you need to hire a private jeep there.

Ans: Hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala are not very far. – Pale caves (5 km) – The famous Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa Buddhist caves are at short accessible distances (by a vehicle of course) – Dhak Bahiri trekking point is another adventurous option.

Ans: Kids below 18 with parents supervision only.

Monsoon and winter is the best time to visit Uksan lake. You will get to see fog covering hills in winter 

5) Camping at Shirota lake, Lonavala

less popular, less recommended, not on every weekend 

Places for Camping in Lonavala - shirota lake

Though Lonavala in Mumbai is overflowing with offbeat locations, Shirota Lake is a spot every nature lover would love to explore again and again. Here is a camping package that is extending a hearty welcome to all those special people who are looking for a total change from their daily life scenes. This is one of the scenic camping places near Lonavala.  

Ans: The campsite is perching at an elevation from Lonavala passing through the jungles and is situated near the famous Shirota Lake. Shirota lake is 18 km from Lonavala.

Ans: Lonavala railway station is nearest to Shirota lake camping. Once you reach Lonavala station you can hire a taxi or private cab.

Day one: Saturday
14:45 hrs – Meet at Lonavala Railway Station
14:45 hrs – Leave for Shirota Lake Camping
16:00 hrs – Reach campsite
16:15 hrs – Pitch your tents and settle down
18:00 hrs – Enjoy Sunset
19:00 hrs – Barbecue session and followed by dinner
22:00 hrs – Go for jungle trail
23:00 hrs – Good night in a tent

Day Two Sunday – Shirota Campsite 
08:00 hrs – Wake up and Freshen up
09:00 hrs – Breakfast and Tea
10:00 hrs – Proceed towards Lonavala Railway Station by jeep
12:00 hrs – Lonavala Railway Station

Day 1
– 2:45 pm check-in (Lonavala station)
– Shirota lake camping
– Enjoy sunset
– Barbeque and dinner
– Jungle trail
– Rest in the night

Day 2
– Have a breakfast
– Check-out at 12 pm

Ans: There are many attractive places near Shirota lake camping like Lion’s point and Tiger point, Narayani Dham Temple, Lohagad fort, Visapur Fort and many more.

Ans: Night camping, Trekking, Campfire.

Ans: Kids with parents supervision only.

Ans: Post-monsoon (October for greenery) and winters (November to February) for stargazing are beat times to visit Shirota lake camping.

6) Camping at Korigad

less popular, less recommended, not every weekend 

Camping at korigad

Korigad is a beautiful fort located on top of a hill, around 20 km from Lonavala, near Aamby valley. This is an easy 6 km trek, with stone-cut steps leading up for the most part. It’s one of the most natural and adventurous camping destinations in Lonavala.  

Ans: Korigad fort is located about 20 km away from Lonavla, in Pune district. It is about 929 m above sea level. 

Ans: The nearest railway station from Korigad Fort is at Lonavala, which is well connected to nearby cities like Mumbai and Pune by rail. From the station, you can hire a cab to Korigad. It will take you an approximate time of 1 h to reach your destination from the station.

Night Trek and Camping At Korigad

07:30 pm: Meeting point at Lonavala station 
07:45 pm: Departs from Lonavala towards Korigad base village (peth shahapur).
09:00 pm: Arrive at base village, Introduction session and dinner.
10:00 pm: Start climbing towards on Korigad
11:30 pm: reach Korigad and its surrounding ranges. 
11:45 pm: Tent Pitching campfire (depend on wood availability) and all activities 

06:00 am: wake-up call and start exploring the fort and all fun.
07:30 am: start descending
09:00 am: morning breakfast at base village 
10:00 am: Return Journey Towards Lonavala

Day 1
-7:30 meeting point at Lonavala station
-Depart towards Korigad base village
-Start climbing on Korigad
– Campfire
– Rest

Day 2
– Exploring fort
-Start descending
– Morning breakfast at base village
-Check out at 10 am

Ans: Amby Valley, Pawna Lake, Runway Strip, Tung Fort, Tikona Fort, Rajmachi Fort and many more. The major attractions of Korigad Fort are 2 major ponds in its premises, its fortification wall which is 2 kilometres long, Korlaidevi Temple and Ganesh Temple.

Ans: Trekking, Night Camping, Campfire.

Ans: Yes, it is completely child-friendly

Ans: The region in and around Korigad Fort remains moderate throughout the year; hence, you can enjoy the beauty of a cool atmosphere and a favourable climate here anytime during a year. However, you need to be careful while trekking up this hill, as during the monsoon season, the tracks are slippery and dangerous. If you desire to avoid visiting Korigad during the monsoon season, then the best time to explore it is from September until the end of March.

7) Camping at Tikona fort base

less popular, recommended, every weekend 

Take off for a peaceful outdoors experience where you’ll get to sleep in tents, spend the evening under the stars, and grill your own barbecue. This charming campsite near Lonavala is located at the base of Tikona fort, with views of Pawna lake and the valley.

Ans: Tikona base camping is located on the bank of Hadshi Lake and close to Tikona fort. It is about 42 km from Pune and around 20 km from Kamshet.

Ans: Kamshet station is the nearest station to Tikona base camp. Once you reach Kamshet, you can hire a jeep to reach the Tikona base camp.

Day 1 –

Check-In: 3 pm
Transport for the lake tubing will depart at 4 pm from the campsite.
Relax, swim or go tubing in the lake (4 pm – 6 pm)
Transport from the lake to campsite departs at 6 pm
Evening snacks will be served at 6 pm
DIY Barbeque will be set up at 7.30 pm
Dinner will be served at 9 pm

Day 2 –
Morning breakfast will be served at 8 am
Transport for the start point of Tikona fort trek will depart at 8.45 am from the campsite
Trek to the top of Tikona fort & enjoy the 360-degree view of the beautiful region. (a local guide will be arranged to show you the trek route)
Checkout: 11 am

Day 1
– Check-in at 3 pm
– Relax, swim or go to tuning in the Lake.
– Evening snack
– Barbeque
– Dinner

Day 2
– Breakfast
– Trek to top of Tikona fort
-Check-out at 11 am

Attractions near Tikona Camping are Tikona fort, Hadashi temple, waterfalls, Chinmay vibhooti and many more.

Bonfire (except in the monsoon)
Tikona Fort Trek.

Yes, It is completely child-friendly.

During the winter season or rainy season is the best time to visit Tikona base camp.

8) Camping at Malavandi lake

less popular, not recommended, almost every weekend 

camping at Malavandi lake

The exquisite beauty of the gleaming water under the sky can be thoroughly rejoiced only by boating experience and Malavandi lake near Pawna Dam in Lonavala serve you such experience of boating.

Ans: Malavandi is located at 5.1 km from Pawna Dam and 29 km from Lonavala.

Kamshet station is nearest to Malavandi lake camping. Once you reach Kamshet you can hire a jeep to reach Malavandi lake camping.

4 PM check-in to next day 11 AM check-out.
5.30 PM Evening high tea(with Pakoda)
7.30 PM Barbeque
9.30 PM Dinner
10.00 PM Common bonfire and Music
8.30 PM Breakfast


Rs 1299

4 PM to next day 11 AM
Sharing Tents
Evening High Tea (with Pakoda)
Barbeque (Veg/Non-Veg; Pav kilo per person)
Dinner (Veg/Non-Veg; Unlimited)​
Breakfast (Tea and Poha)
Other : First Aid Kit, Parking, Common Toilets (No bathrooms).
Archery, Dart game, Cricket, Football, Badminton, Carrom, Volleyball and more

Pawna dam, Tikona fort, Tung fort, Hadashi temple are the attractions near Malavandi lake camping.

– Bonfire (Dependent on season)
– Cricket, Volleyball, Carrom, Badminton, Archery.

Yes, It is completely child-friendly.

Rainy season and just after the rainy season is the best time to visit Mindpeace camping. It is simply awesome during the rainy season, typically from July to September. You will find lush green nature, waterfalls and foggy surrounding.


Although there are eight good camping options in Lonavala, we don’t recommend all of these. Some of these campsites are not easy to reach and not very popular. As a result, there won’t be a sufficient crowd on the campsite and overall vibe won’t be much happening.

Our suggestions

1) Pawna Lake: There are many campsites in Pawna lake and a separate section for families & couples available. There will sufficient crowd every Saturday. Services, Lakeview and reviews are better than the other.

2) Shirota lake: Inspite of bad roads, this campsite is worth visiting because of food and view. This place is less commercialized and the staff is very humble. The only disadvantage is that there won’t be an event every Saturday. You have to confirm everything over a call.

3) Jadhavwadi lake: This campsite is highly available and not much popular. This campsite is very near to Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. Lakeview is not very fascinating but the sunrise view is beautiful. This can be a quick weekend getaway for people around Pune.

This to remember while booking a campsite in Lonavala

1) Confirm date, availability, and itinerary over call and then book online.
2) Don’t pay the full amount in advance. Always pay a partial amount and rest of the amount on arrival.
3) Ask for the latest photos over WhatsApp.
4) Get accurate google map location and address by email or WhatsApp.

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