Khandala is a hill station in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India. It is located at one top end of Bhor Ghat, a major ghat (Valley) on the road link between the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan plain. It is about 3 km from Lonavala and 7 km from Kajrat. The hill resorts of Khandala have a special attraction for the Mumbai crowd seeking a convenient weekend holiday in the hills.
How to reach here:By Air:
The nearest airport is Pune, 66 km. away.By Train:
There are connecting trains available from Mumbai Central Station and Pune Junction. All the trains halt at Khandala before travelling onto to Lonavala.By Road:
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the main link between the major cities of Mumbai and Pune, passes through Khandala. The distance between Mumbai –Lonavala is 104 km. Pune-Lonavala is 66 km.
Places of interest:
The scenic beauty, green valley, gushing waterfalls and historic forts are the main attractions of these hill stations of Maharashtra. It is quite popular as health resorts.
Khandala having beautiful landscaped is famous for their seemingly innumerable varieties of chikki. But they also offer many sites worth visiting. Trekking is a good way to get around, but having a vehicle (even a bicycle) is still better, as some points of interest are quite some distance from the main towns.
Duke’s Nose is a majestic cliff on the Sahyadri range of mountains. This cliff resembles the nose of the Duke of Wellington, which explains its intriguing name. It is a popular viewpoint as it offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains, valleys and forestsTiger’s Leap:
When viewing the valley from a certain point at this location, one has the illusion of a tiger leaping across the valley, hence the name. The echo caused by dropping rocks into the crevasse is another attraction.
Lohgad attracts visitors with its wide, refreshing waterfalls, an ancient fort, and, of course, those famous caves – atop a steep flight of steps
Korigad Fort in Amby Valley is located roughly 3050 ft. above sea level. To get there, you travel from Lonavla to the village of Shahpur using any available means of transport, and thence proceed by foot to the fort through rugged hills and forests.
Other attractions around Khandala are: Bhushi Dam, Valvan Dam, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Hospital, Ryewood Park, Karla & Bhaja Caves is nestling in the hills of Lonavala, these rock-cut caves rank amongst the oldest finest examples of Early Buddhist temple art in India.