The popular hill station Khandala is honoured with dazzling lakes and magnificent beauty of the surrounding area. It is the home of many beautiful lakes such as Tugauli Lake and Bhushi Lake. There is also a famous dam here, named as Walvan Dam, which is a big attraction for the tourists. Khandala is an ideal weekend gateway for the people who require a break from the hustle and bustle of their city life. At the time of monsoons, the beauty of this place is intriguing. So, lots of tourists from Mumbai and Pune come here to spend their holidays. You will find a number of exotic and luxurious lodges and resorts.
Because of the strategic location of Khandala, many dynasties like Yadavs, Mughals and Marathas have contolled this region and the surrounding areas, before it came in the hands of the British. The famous Khandala has also been mentioned in a popular song of the famous Bollywood actor, Aamir Khan’s film ;Ghulam’. The song had the famous lines- ‘Ati kya Khandala?’ which means ‘Will you come to Khandala?’. In 1975, in a Bollywood movie ‘Choti si Baat’, famous actor Ashok Kumar played the role of a character which lived in Khandala.
Location: About 101 kms from Mumbai, about 69 kms from Pune, about 5 kms from Lonavala.
Climate: Summers are warm and pleasant, while winters are chilling cool.
Carry cotton clothes for summer visit and heavy woollens for winter visit.
Best time to visit: October-April
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest airports are Pune (68 kms) and Mumbai (90 kms)
By Train: Nearest railhead is in Khandala
By Road: Luxury and Volvo coaches and taxis are available regularly
Places of Interest
Location: 13.5 kms from Khandala, 20 kms from Lonavala
Timings: All days of the week from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Rajmachi Fort is a major historic point that offers the most amazing delightful views. This place is famous for the marvellous views of the backwaters of Shirota Dam and Sahyadri mountains. Rajmachi fort is spread crosswise over two pinnacles, named Shrivardham and Manoranjan. The fort is located on a plateau which combines these two pinnacles. In order to reach this fort, you have to trek through a famous and beautiful route which is named as ‘Borghat’. From the top, you can also enjoy a bird eye view of Bhimashankar, Duke’s Nose, Matheran and Karanala.
Location: On Chattrapati Shivaji highway, around 15 kms from Khandala
Timings: Open all days of the week from 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Bhushi Lake is a serene water body, which is made by the outflow of the water through Bhushi Dam. It is known for its peaceful environment, clean water and different beautiful picnic areas around it. Bhushi Lake is encompassed by delightful little waterfalls. These falls attract the greatest number of visitors in the July and August month. You can see lots of local people, selling delicious mouth-watering food items near the lake. This is a nice place to spend some time at the lake side and enjoy the yummy nourishment.
Location: 1 km from Khandala
Best month to visit: During the monsoon season. There are no particular timings to visit the falls. But it is closed during the evenings for safety purposes.
Kune falls is a standout amongst the most dazzling spots in Khandala. It is the fourteenth most elevated waterfalls in India. It is located inside the Lonavala-Khandala valley. It is a three-layered waterfall, which falls from an altitude of 200 meters. The waterfall is further divided in 2 segments, with every part falling from the elevation of 100 meters. It is a perfect picnic spot, surrounded by rich and splendid lush green areas. Visitors can also enjoy some activities like swimming and bathing in the cool water of the fall.
Location: 30 kms from Khandala
Best month to visit: June-September
Bedsa caves are one of the most visited and intriguing places of Khandala. The caves were formed in the 1st century B.C. It is an exotic historical place, with two Buddhist rock-cut caves. The ‘Chaityagriha’ is the most prominent cave, which has a verandah with lots of tall pillars designed with exquisite carvings of riders and animals. These caves are one of the oldest caves of Maharashtra. The peaceful environment of this place makes it more delightful for the visitors. To reach these caves, you have to trek through the village.
Location: 27 kms from Khandala
Best month to visit: June-February. It is open 24 hrs
Duke’s Nose is a popular sightseeing spot of khandala. It got its name from the name of the Duke of Wellington. It is supposed that his nose is similar to the shape of the peak. This place is also known as ‘Nagphani’. This place offers some adventurous activities to the tourists, such as rock climbing. It is very steep rock to climb, so it can be a good experience for the people who like thrilling adventures. The top of the hill has a wide flat area, where you walk and enjoy the pleasant weather, along with the amazing views of Sahyadri Peaks and the surrounding areas.
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