Khandala and Lonavala are famous as the twin hills. Sitting at a height of 625 m this place is famous for lush green woods, immovable lofty peaks, valiant forts and last but not the least amazing waterfalls.
During monsoon Khandala provides feast to the eyes with its cool and appealing weather. The water-falls amidst the lush greenery is mind-blowing.The caves such as Karla, Bhaja, and Bedsa near Lonvala are worth visiting. Bhushi, Valvan, Tugauli are the important lakes.
Khandala is attracting huge crowds from the near by Pune and Mumbai. Adventurous trekkers can explore the surrounding places. Duke’s nose is an amazing trekking point. This places is famous for different varieties of Chikki (sweet prepared from groundnut). It is proudly called “The Gem of Sahyadri” .
This place refreshes the people from the tiresome city-life. The mesmerizing beauty of Khandala will bring any tourist back here for another visit.
PLACES TO VISIT
Duke’s Nose : This rock is called so as it resembles the nose of Duke of wellington. This place offers spectacular view of the lustrous valleys, impressive greens and rocky hills.
Korigad Fort : This fort is about 3000 feet from the sea level and is situated in the Amby valley. It is a thrilling spot for the trekkers. Visitors can take a bus or car to the near-by Shahpur village and from there one must walk in the dense jungle to reach the fort.
Tiger’s leap : It is a wonderful view point. At this place one gets a feel that a tiger is jumping across the valley and hence the name. The echo-point is another famous attraction.
Shingroba Temple : It is a spiritual centre located amidst the Khopoli and Khandala.
Karla & Bhaja Caves : Located in the Lonavala hills, these caves are constructed in the Buddhist style. The Karla cave is one of the oldest caves which proudly depicts the Buddhist culture. It was built around 80 BC and has a path/walkway built of 37 pillars. It has sculptures of Buddha and elephant. It is well known for its wooden carvings and sculptures. Bhaja Cave has a group of 18 caves and 14 stupas.
HOW TO REACH
By Air : Pune airport is about 65kms.
By Rail: Lonavala is the nearest station. Lonavala to Pune is about 65kms.
By bus: Mumbai-Lonavala is 104 kms and Lonavala to Pune is 66 km..