Lonavla, the famous hill station in India, and one of the most beautiful places in Maharashtra state, was discovered by the then Governor of Bombay, Sir Elphinstone in the year 1811. Today the place may look beautiful and classy, but at the time, the place had a raw, earthy appeal to it. It was a densely forested area and had a population of just handful amount of people. Since the area was like a jungle, the place was called in local terms "Lonali"
"Layan" in Sanskrit means .a place to rest.. The word when translated in .Prakrit. language becomes "Len" or a resting place that is made from stone. "Avali" in Prakrit language means "series" Lonavali, the word, thus means "series of resting places made of stone". The word was soon modified into "Lonavla" of today.
During the ancient times, when the kings ruled over parts of the country, the Yadav Kings assumed dominance over Lonavla. The Mughals invaded and later took over, and they ruled the place for a long time. Then Marathas captured it and took over till the British snatched their governance. The Maratha warriors or the .Mavlas. are associated with ruling the forts in the area. Sardar Dabhade , the Senapati or the General of the Peshwas, was born in Talegaon, close to Lonavla.
In 1778, British army and Raghunath Rao Peshwa together captured Khandala Ghat. Thereafter, began the British rule over this n 1818. Once Mahadji Shinde fought and defeated the British in the battle of Vadgaon. The place of Vadgaon near Lonavla is important from historical point of view, because it reflects the victory of the Maratha Mahadji Shinde over the British.