The weekend hillstation
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.
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.
Top things do in Khandala
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
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.
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.