Nestled in the Sahyadris at Lonavla, occasionally blanketed in clouds, is the alma-mater of naval engineers - Indian Naval Ship Shivaji. The base is located around 6 kms from the Lonavla town. The road from Tata dam to Bhushi dam leads to the main outer gate of INS Shivaji. Another motorable road, starting from the road leading from town to the old NH4 highway to the Kali Mata temple gate of the establishment connects INS Shivaji to Lonavla. The road, constructed recently, passes through the adjoining Kurwande village and provides an uninterrupted alternate route for Shivaji community going to Lonavla town during the monsoons when the main road through the Bhushi dam is severely blocked with tourists.
How to Reach
- Distance from Mumbai. 100 kms
- Distance from Pune. 69 kms
The closest airport from Lonavla is located at Lohegaon, Pune which is approx. 66 kms away. The other major airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport located at Andheri in Mumbai which is approx. 90 km away.
Since Lonavla is major tourist destination located midway between Mumbai and Pune, most trains plying between the two cities and trains going down south normally stop here providing one with multiple options to choose from. Trains generally take 2½ to 3 hours from Mumbai CST to Lonavla. In addition, there is a local train service every hour between Pune and Lonavla. It takes about 1½ hour from Pune to Lonavla by a local train.
Best way to reach Lonavla is by Road. State buses, private luxury buses and taxis operate frequent services to Lonavla. Driving in own car or bike is also convenient and the roads are in very good condition. However, two wheelers are not allowed on the Mumbai-Pune expressway which necessitates taking the old Mumbai-Pune highway or NH 4. It normally takes 2½ hours from Mumbai (Colaba) and 1½ hour from Pune Station by road.