The weekend hillstation

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2 Days

Throughout the year, especially from November to February.

Pune Airport
18℃ to 30℃

Khandala Tourism

Perched in between the majestic Sahyadris is the charming little town of Khandala. It is located at only 3km from its sister location of Lonavala.

Extremely well known for its picturesque views of the mountain ranges, waterfalls, caves and rock formations, it always bustles with tourist traffic because of its easy accessibility from Pune and Mumbai. Surrounded by an abundance of flora and fauna, this is a place where you will literally wake up to the chirping of birds and unadulterated morning breeze. It is the perfect budget-friendly getaway for those who want to unwind in the luxurious lap of nature.

Attractions

Lohagad Fort

1.Lohagad Fort

12 kilometres from city centre

One of the many hill forts of Maharashtra, the Lohagad Fort, translating literally to a fort made of iron, housed prisoners captured during the war...

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Bushi Dam

2.Bushi Dam

6 kilometres from city centre

The Bushi Dam is a masonry dam on the Indrayani river in Lonavala. For safety reasons, visitors are prohibited from the dam and its surrounding are...

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Shrivardhan Fort

3.Shrivardhan Fort

7 kilometres from city centre

Shriwardhan Fort is one of the two hill forts that are a part of the Rajmachi fortification. Located in the Sahyadri mountain range, it is 3600 fee...

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Manoranjan Fort

4.Manoranjan Fort

7 kilometres from city centre

Manaranjan Fort is one of the two hill forts that are a part of the Rajmachi fortification. Located in the Sahyadri mountain range, it is 2700 feet...

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Valvan Dam

5.Valvan Dam

6 kilometres from city centre

Valvan or Walwan dam is a Dam on the Indrayani river with the main purpose of generating hydroelectricity in the nearby khopoli power plant. Locate...

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Tunga Fort

6.Tunga Fort

15 kilometres from city centre

Built by a ruler of the Shahi Dynasty in the 1600s, it sits at a height of around 1000 meters and the fort was later captured by Shivaji bringing i...

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Duke's Nose

7.Duke's Nose

7 kilometres from city centre

Also called Nagphani as the cliff is pointed like a snakes hood, It is one of the famous viewpoints of Khandala and a treat for Adventure lovers. T...

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Shooting Point

8.Shooting Point

8 kilometres from city centre

Film Fanatic? Then the shooting point is your dream destination. Numerous films have used the beauty of this location to enhance their screen image...

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Visapur Fort

9.Visapur Fort

13 kilometres from city centre

Visapur Fort is a part of the Lohagad Fortification. It is at a higher elevation than the Lohagad. Within the fort complex are caves, decorated arc...

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Bedsa caves

10.Bedsa caves

18 kilometres from city centre

Among the lesser known spots in this region are the Bedse caves. Similar to Bhaje and Karla, these too are Buddhist rock-cut caves located in the M...

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Rajmachi Fort

11.Rajmachi Fort

1 kilometres from city centre

A major fortification in the rugged Sahyadris, the Rajmachi comprises two forts the Manaranjan and the Shriwardhan Forts. It played a strategic rol...

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Lonavala Lake

12.Lonavala Lake

4 kilometres from city centre

Originating from the Indrayani, the Lonavala lake is located in the outskirts of Lonavala making it the ideal getaway even on a very tight budget. ...

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Shingroba Temple

13.Shingroba Temple

2 kilometres from city centre

Located in between Khapoli and Khandala, the Shingroba temple was built in 1929. Shingroba Temple is a point of interest for those of you who are i...

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Kune Waterfalls

14.Kune Waterfalls

1 kilometres from city centre

Just 2 kilometers from the Khandala railway station are located the majestic Kune waterfalls. A three-tiered waterfall with a drop of about 200m, t...

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Lion's Point

15.Lion's Point

4 kilometres from city centre

Most of the beauty of Khandala lies in vantage points and the views. The Lions View Point has to be the best among the vantage points of Khandala. ...

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Karla and Bhaja Caves

16.Karla and Bhaja Caves

12 kilometres from city centre

Hop on the magic carpet and get ready to time travel as the caves of Bhaja and Karla take you back 2000 years in time. The Bhaja caves are a group ...

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City Shopping

17.City Shopping

788 kilometres from city centre

Khandala has more to offer other than just its breathtaking geographical beauty. Its man-made marvels include the mouthwatering sweet treats, the '...

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Tungarli Lake

18.Tungarli Lake

3 kilometres from city centre

Constructed by the British around the 1930s, the tungarlis Lake is paradise for young backpackers. This artificial reservoir is also the major sour...

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Celebrity Wax Museum, Lonavala

19.Celebrity Wax Museum, Lonavala

3 kilometres from city centre

Get starry-eyed with life-size replicas of your icons. Started by a 38-year-old wax artist from Kerala, It is a family-friendly hangout housing wax...

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Reversing Station

20.Reversing Station

1 kilometres from city centre

If you are someone who loves posing for the lens, reversing station is the place for you. The deserted station was used as an office by the railway...

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Local food and cuisine :

The local cuisine of Khandala is not very different from the Marathi and Mumbai specials. The mint vada paos and the roasted corn are delicacies that can't be missed. Also, the Gujarati cuisine is something easily available around all eateries.

The best places to quench the cravings of your taste buds in the area are:

1.Ramakrishna, the best place for a typical south-udipi breakfast.
2.Rudra, serving the famous delicacy of globe-sized bhaturas with sizzling hoy chole.
3.Pragati is one place that is store-cum-coffeeshop that serves steaming hot chocolate, coffees and cold shakes.

How to reach

The best way to reach Khandala is by road from both Mumbai and Pune. It is very easily accessible by the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

How to Reach by Flight

The nearest airport is the Lohegaon Airport of Pune, at a distance of 74 kilometers. It is a journey of around two hours via the Bengaluru-Mumbai highway.

How to Reach by Train

There are eight direct trains from Mumbai to the Khandala local railway station including the Sahyadri Express and the Deccan Express.

How to Reach by Bus

How to Reach by Road

By road is the most preferred way to reach Khandala, either from Pune or from Mumbai. It takes about two hours by road and the drive is worth the while.

How to travel within

Khandala Itinerary

Day 1

Start off in the early morning from Mumbai to enjoy the misty ride on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. On reaching Khandala, charge yourself with a full breakfast and head to the Duke's nose viewpoint. Get your adventure gear on and lose yourself in the challenging trek.  Camp for the night on dukes nose with the campfire and mouth-watering dinner. Finally, doze off in your tents under the stars.

Day 2.

Start early to witness sunrise at the tigers leap and get enchanted by the svayambu shivalinga en route. After some breakfast and coffee in the lap of the lush green hillside, head out to tour the Buddhist caves of Bhaja and Karla. EndEnd the trip with a soul dipping sunset view from the Rajmachi viewpoint and head back home.

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