Khandala

Why To Go

Khandala and Lonavala are two of the famous popular hotspots nearby places to Mumbai.

Khandala is a hill station in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, set in the midst of hills and valleys of the Sahyadri mountain range. Just 3 km from Lonavala, 100 km from Mumbai and around 69 km from Pune, Khandala is located 550 m above the sea level. Various dynasties including Mughals, Marathas and finally the British ruled this place.

Bestowed with abundant natural beauty, ancient forts such as Lohagad, Tunga, placid lakes, grassy hillocks, waterfalls and complemented with pleasant climate all round the year have made Khandala a perfect holiday gateway from the hustle bustle of the city.

 Its home to vantage spots including Sunset Point and Rajmachi Point, with views of Rajmachi fort.

This place became famous after its mention in a song named ‘aati kya khandala’ in the lips of Bollywood star Aamir Khan in a movie.

Several residents of southern India comes during their weekends to spend a luxurious holiday at this serene area.

Along with its scenic beauty and lush green environs, the place is also popular for trekking.

Travel Tips

People can visit Khandala all throughout the year. Though the best season to visit is during the summers (April to June). The temperature is cool and pleasant with azure sky and you can enjoy a fascinating view of the dusk filled with vibrant colours. Though monsoon season is also a good time to visit because of lush greeneries, heavy showers make it a bit problematic. Cotton clothes are must during summer time. Do not litter the place by depositing plastic and any garbage. Keep emergency medicines and a first aid kit along with you. Try out the popular Vaada Paw, which is the staple food here. You can also get Gujrati and North Indian thalis.

Things To Do

Best thing to do in this area is exploring the popular hotspots. Narayani Dham, Pavna Lake, Tiger point, Lion Point, Karla caves, Tungarli lake, Bhaja caves, Lohagadh fort, Rajmachi fort, Kune waterfalls, Duke’s nose, Korigad fort, Tikona fort, Shooting point, Reversing Station, Rajmachi park, Valvan lake, Bhusi lake, Ryewood park, Tunga fort, Lonavala lake are some of the few surrounding attractions available in this area. There are caves which can be enjoyed easily. Forts offer historic value of this area also. Presently there are some of the adventure activities introduced to fulfill the thirst of the adventure loving population also. Shopaholics can do lot of shopping also.

Getting Around

Hired cars are easily available to getting around this area. Bicycles are available on rent also. But the best way to explore the hilly town is by walking on foot.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

There are two major airports near to this hill station. They are Chatrapati Shivaji airport in Mumbai and Lohegaon airport in Pune. They are 90 km and 60 km away respectively. Domestic flights are available on regular basis in Lohegaon airport and Chatrapati Shivaji airport. You can take hired taxis, private cars from the airport to reach Khandala.

TRAIN

Khandala station is the station for Khandala town, with the next station being Lonavala in Lonavala- Khandala route. Most trains plying in between give a halt here.

ROAD

Lonavala- Khandala is completely connected by motorable roads with all the major southern cities of India. National highway is making this place easily accessible. Public and private buses and hired cars are available from Pune and Mumbai to take the tourists at this place on regular basis.

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Surrounding Attractions

Lonavala and Khandala is favoured because of its arm full of offerings in sightings. The closest and most popular spot surrounding Khandala is Lonevala, a beautiful place. You may also visit Pune or Mumbai from this town.
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