The beautiful Khandala hills station is situated in the western part of the state of Maharashtra. Located at a height of 625 mt, it is around 101 km southeast of Mumbai and 69 kms away from Pune. It is nestled on the western slopes of the Sahyadri mountain range. Khandala hill station has many fascinating views that are absolutely spell binding. Another exotic hill station, Lonavala is around 5 kms away from Khandala. Comparatively, Khandala is smaller than Lonavala, but it is equally bestowed with natural beauty and bounty. Deep valleys one side and high hills on the other side separate Khandala and Lonavala.
Khandala has a pleasing climate all throughout year. While the hill resort experiences mild temperature during summers (April-June), while winters are cool (November-February). Southwestern monsoon reached Khandala between June and September and produces heavy rains. So it is advisable for the tourists to avoid the rainy season. The best time to visit the hill resort of Khandala is between the months of October and May.
A small hill resort, Khandala offers breathtaking views of the green surroundings. The place attracts visitors in a large number throughout the year. The best way to appreciate the amazing scenic beauty of Khandala is by taking a walk around the hill station. You can also indulge in trekking.
You will find the tourist attraction of Amruntanjan point at the Khandala. The mesmerizing view of the beauty of the surroundings from the Dukes Nose is an unforgettable experience.
Khandala Water Falls
Attractions and Places to Visit in Khandala
Apart from being a place of major tourist attractions, Khandala is also a stating point for visiting a number of superb nearby places well worth a visit. Whether you are looking for another hill resort, beautiful lakes or the historical places you can be sure that you won't have far to travel.
Just five km apart is the hill resort of Lonavala, which makes a spectacular tourist destination on its own right. Some of the beautiful lakes near Khandala are the Lonavala Lake, Tugauli Lake and Bhushi Lake. The Walvan Dam near Khandala is also worth visiting.
16 km from Khandala are the famous tourist attractions of Karla and Bhaja Caves. Situated on the hills these rock-cut caves belonged to 2nd century B.C. and are the oldest and finest examples of Buddhist rock-cut temple art in India.
How to Reach Khandala
By Air : The nearest airport from Khandala is the Bombay Airport and the Pune Airport. The Bombay Airport is the International airport and Pune Airport is the Domestic Airport . Bombay international Air port is approximately 110 kms. and Pune Airport is about 66 kms.
By Rail : The Nearest railway station from Khandala is at Lonavala. As Lonavala is on the main railway line between Mumbai and Pune.
By Road : Khandala is well connected with Mumbai and Pune by road. The bus service for Pune (travel time 2½ hours) via Lonavala is a good option. However, it takes about four hours to reach Mumbai from Khandala.