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.

Khandala is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Pune and Kolhapur.

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Deepika vinika

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  • Deepika vinika
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 photos
  • 51 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  48604 readers

"Nearest hill station for Mumbaikars!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 22, 2016
I visited Khandala in monsoon & it was pretty beautiful experience. Its a best place to relax and take a break from daily routine. Only nature lovers will love this place because of the green mountains. Street tea & hot pakoras are must-try in cold weather. Tiger point, Duke's nose, Wax museum, Rajmachi fort, Bushi dam are tourist attractions.
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  • Ashishrao
  • 1 Review
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"Good place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Dec 21, 2016
Decent place. But firstly book hotel room because it will be difficult to find on spot. Not so cool as Lonavala but carry 2-4 good spots. Packages are also available with the local dealers. Most important food is fine. We stayed in diamond hotel which was 2 star which had decent services. There are many hotels and resorts to choose from ..
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  • Deepak
  • 2 Reviews
  •  515 readers

"Nice place to visit"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jul 5, 2016
Khandala is very nice place to stay in rainy season and our hotel is located nearest to Rajmachi point so very beautiful nature we enjoyed. Only 7 km to go in Lonavala city. Now connectivity of Khandala from Nasik is so easy our journey started at 10 am from Nasik and reaches Khandala at 2:30 pm in a rainy day. Me and my family both are enjoying this beautiful nature of Khandala.
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Pooja  Choudhary

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  • Pooja Choudhary
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Average place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jun 4, 2016
Khandala is an OK kind of a place. It could be a weekend getaway but that's all. There is nothing much to see or do in an around Khandala. I didn't even find it scenic enough to just sit back and enjoy the weather or the mountains. I believe the plus point Khandala offers is that its 2 hour drive from Mumbai and the drive is smooth.
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Jvalant Sampat

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  • Jvalant Sampat
  • Lives in Mumbai
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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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  • Annu Gupta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 14 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
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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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  • Darshana Mehta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 10 Reviews
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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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  • Sanket Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
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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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  • Pratima Bhatt
  • Lives in Pune
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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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