Khandala Tourism

Khandala Tourism

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  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Satara
Khandala is a popular hill station and a weekend getaway of Maharashtra. Located at an elevation of 625 metres above sea level and just 5 km away from Lonavala, it has a pleasant weather and plenty of outdoor activities.

Khandala is situated at the end of the Bhor Valley and serves as a popular hiking destination for the residents of Maharashtra. There is no reliable historical evidence to suggest the origin of this place and the founding fathers. However, it is well known that Khandala was ruled by Chatrapathi Shivaji and subsequently by the Peshwa rulers, until it was taken over by the British.

Nestled among hills and valleys in the Sahyadri Mountain Range, Khandala offers a pleasant climate throughout the year which makes it a preferred outdoor destination. However, it is best to avoid Khandala during the monsoon season as it receives a lot of rainfall during that time of the year and trekking and hiking cannot be done.

Apart from adventure activities, Khandala also has some places of tourist interest. These include the Amrutanjan Point and Duke’s Nose. Amrutanjan Point is a viewing point offering views of the valley while Duke’s Nose is a cliff with a sharp bend. It is named after the Duke of Wellington and the sharp bendof the cliff resembles the shape of a nose.

Some other tourist attractions of the place are the Ryewood Park, the Bushy Dam and Shivaji Park. The hill station shot to fame across the country after it was featured in a popular Bollywood number. It is also well known for various cave temples which are as old as the 2nd century BC. These cave temples are an example of Buddhist architecture, and is evidence of the presence of the Hinayana sect in the past.

Khandala is well connected by road from most major cities of Maharashtra including Pune and Mumbai. While Mumbai lies 101 km away from Khandala, Pune is 69 km away.

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Khandala Traveller Reviews

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Jvalant Sampat

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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 65 Reviews
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"Just about average"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Jan 14, 2016
The town's only USP is that it is close to Bombay - on a good day you can get here in 90 mins. But it is fairly commercialized and is best avoided on weekends as the entire city descends here. If you rent a bungalow on the outskirts, you would be fine. The drive on the expressway is good. I am sure it was better in yester-years.
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Amit Ghosh

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"A must visit if you are in Mumbai"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 18, 2015
Khandala is a popular hill station in Maharashtra which is also very near Lonavala. The place is covered with lush greenery and has numerous waterfalls. Also known for ample rainfall throughout the year, Khandala is a must visit during the monsoon. The waterfalls are in full course and also the nature is at its best during this season of the year.
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Annu Gupta

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"A nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 13, 2015
A very good location in maharashtra. A must visit place during monsoon. A number of dams and water falls situated. Known for its scenic beauty. A place to visit at least once a year. Also many hotels available for stay. A place where tourists visit in huge numbers.
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Darshana Mehta

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"Awesome time with family"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 8, 2015
Overall, experience was too good. Nice getaway with my hubby and my 2 month old kid. Safe travel with all the necessary requirements you can find on the way. Most romantic trip ever with lots of memories. Photography at its best during monsoon and during day and night time it is little dark.
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Sanket Shah

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"A beautiful place in the Monsoon"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 30, 2015
The most number of visitors go to Khandala during monsoons. The climate and view is simply beautiful. The landscapes are covered with lush green trees and you see a lot of small waterfall on your way. There are lot of viewpoints of the valley for tourists. You can try the local stuff like vada pav although there are a lot of Dhaba options available here.
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Pratima Bhatt

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"Into Mother Nature's lap"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 10, 2015
Lot of greenery, amazing roads(rare in India), a beautiful local lake, lot of valleys and hills and hummocks surrounding the town sum up Khandala.
Simply put, it's wonderful for a long, relaxing weekend with the family or friends or even just for an adventurous trip to soothe your nerves! I visited it during monsoon and it looked like heaven!

Accommodation facilities are plenty and people are generally nice thanks to it's tourism status. Food is OK, nothing worth mentioning. it's famous for chikkis, but the chikkis are also OK; I did not find anything special about them. If food is not a deal breaker for you, then definitely visit Khandala - it's small, serene, clean and beautiful! One can also visit it's older and more crowded brother(or is it sister?) Lonavala which is very close by. This was my first visit to Khandala and I cannot wait to visit it again and again!
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Namrta Kothari

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"The most romantic place"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Sep 10, 2014
I have heard a lot about Khandala being a romantic place, so I decided to visit Khandala with my wife for few days. Believe me it was the most romantic moments spent with my wife. It is a beautiful hill station in Maharashtra. On the first day it rained in Khandala and it looked beautiful in the lush green hills. We traveled few places like Tungarli Lake, Lohagarh Fort and Rajmachi Point. We also enjoyed the food of Maharashtra. We really enjoyed our stay in Khandala and we will visit again definite
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Mudassir Zia

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"Heaven on earth"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 3, 2014
Last year I went to Khandala with my friends. It is really a very beautiful place to enjoy your holidays. We felt like we are not on this earth, the heaven has came on earth. It is one of the beautiful places and important hill stations in the state of Maharastra.. It becomes more beautiful during the monsoon season.. I recommend all to visit once.
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Promod Misra

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"Exciting Experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 1, 2013
Khandala is one of the beautiful hill station of Maharashtra specially in rainy season. The beauty of Sahayadri ranges Khandala hill station truly becomes so beautiful when rain starts in the monsoon, Khandala is located about 70 kilometers from Pune, This is one of the most popular hill station for tourism in Maharashtra.
We have visited Khandala in Aug 2013 & its some important tourists attractions with our two friends family.
Ramachi Park is located at very good place, the surrounding views are very attractive but this park is very dirty and poorly managed.
Reversing Station is very spectacular view. From here we went to shooting point, it is a very spacious top hill and full of greenery having big valley on its sides which is seems very nice. We also visited Kune falls it seems very cute during monsoon water comes from top of the hill to the its bottom, you can enjoy and can take waterfall bath also.
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Prashant hendre

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  • Posted Jun 14, 2013
Excellent destination to enjoy during monsoon. Full misty atmosphere during the season. During Winter it is very cool place and proper woolen clothing is required. The village is very small but as it is only 4 km away from Lonavala, all the amenities are available.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food at resort is good and not expensive.
Wax Museum, Bhushi Dam, Loha Gad, Rajmachi etc.
CHIKKI is very famous here.

Activities & things to do: Treaking, Boating

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Mumbai Pune Express way is the best road. Just take off before khanadala.
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