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Blend of eye-striking ancient archaeological structures and natural wonders, Khandala is a breathtaking hill station that beautifies the Western Ghats Mountains of Maharashtra. It pays homage to a plethora of serene lakes, lush green hills, picturesque valleys, and misty waterfalls. Located on the Mumbai to Pune expressway, this place got immortalization with the famous Bollywood song 'Aati Kya Khandala'. Khandala has been blessed with salubrious climatic conditions where alluring panoramic views make it worthy for sightseeing.

It experiences summers from April to June with mild temperature conditions whereas November to February are the coolest months. The best time to visit Khandala to enjoy the serenity of Khandala’s environment includes the months from October to May when Khandala's temperature becomes the most amiable for people living out there. One must experience the incredible natural treasures in Khandala for a perfect weekend holiday to get rid of the hustle-bustle of city noises. 

History of Khandala

Khandala's origin secures an incredible place in the golden pages of history due to the rulers who ruled this place. The founder of the first Maratha Empire, Chattrapati Shivaji ruled the surrounding area of Khandala. Afterwards, the reign went to the hands of Peshwa rulers who were founders of the second empire of Marathas. Finally, the Britishers defeated the Peshwas and took over Khandala.

The famous route present close to the sunset point of Khandala and Khopoli had been existing there for ages. It used to connect a plethora of coastal cities including Sopara and Pune. In the year 1840, hand-pulled and horse-drawn carts were used to transit on this route during British times. Since then, Khandala has been a popular spot for a lot of visitors and travelers.

Also Read: This place is also known as India’s first planned hill city

Major attractions in and around Khandala

1. Rajmachi Fort. Located in the Konkan range’s Sahyadri Mountains, Rajmachi is a small village in Maharashtra. It is known for Manaranjan and Shivardhan forts present in the vicinity of Khandala and Lonavala hills. It can be the best travel treat for trekking enthusiasts who seek the chance to experience an adventure every moment.

2. Bhedsa caves. Known for exquisite carvings, Bhedsa caves are made with 25 ft. high pillars and considered the most essential part of Khandala tourism. Typically, these caves are a compilation of rock-cut Buddhist monuments back from 60 BC. There is a main cave ‘Chaitya’ pays homage to a prayer hall and another cave is a monastery. Being one of the oldest caves of Maharashtra, these are some of the most famous places to visit near Khandala.

3. Kune waterfalls. Another major picnic spot among Khandala tourist places is the scenic beauty of Kune Waterfalls as it is the 14th highest waterfall in India. The incredible division of the waterfall into two sections makes it an enchanting visual scene to experience. Surrounded by lush greenery, Kune waterfalls serve as a breathtaking place for those who want to enjoy bathing and swimming in water.

4. Duke’s nose. Among the famous places to visit in Khandala, sightseeing of the Duke’s nose is one of the best things to do in Khandala. The erstwhile Duke of Wellington's nose is identical to the cliff and thus, the whole cliff got the name Duke's nose. Its sprawling greenery and magnificent beauty deserve the footfall of thousands of people.

How to Reach Khandala

By Air. Concerning the air travel to Khandala, one must know that there are no direct flights to this region. The nearest airport to Khandala is Pune Airport that is about 69 km away from the centric point of this land.

  • From Goa: Board Go Air, Spicejet, Vistara flights from Goa Airport. The airfares to this route may cost about INR 3200 to INR 4500 
  • From Belgaum: Board Air India, Spicejet flights from Belgaum Airport. The airfares start from INR 2300 – 6200

By Train. The nearest railway station to Khandala is Lonavala railway station that lies on the main railway line existing between Mumbai and Pune. Travelers can choose between express or general passenger trains according to their comfort and budget.

  • From Mumbai: Board from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on CSMT HYB SPL train and deboard at Pune Railway Junction
  • From Panvel: Board from Panvel Railway Station on LTT TVC SPL and deboard at Roha Railway Station
  • From Madgaon: Board from Madgaon Junction on SIDDHESHWAR EX and deboard at Khandala Railway Station

By Road. Khandala is a famous tourist spot being found in the vicinity of the dream city Mumbai. Therefore one can get various road transportation methods including cab, taxi, bus, auto-rickshaw, and e-rickshaw as the travel policies permit entry of all India vehicles there.

  • From Mumbai: 83.7 Km via Bengaluru-Pune Highway
  • From Mysore: 930.3 km via NH48
  • From Hyderabad: 629.8 Km via NH65

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


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