Khandala are two charming little hill stations on the western
slopes of the Sahyadris, 5-km apart, that straddle the Mumbai -
Pune highway at an altitude of 625m, quite popular as health
resorts. Blessed by the
nature in bounty, the hill resorts have plethora of places of
Tourist Attraction in Lonavala & Khandala - Beautiful Hills, Deep
Green Valleys, Huge Lakes, Historic Forts, Waterfalls, etc.
Khandala offer breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls during
the monsoon, and the surrounding mountains of the plains spread
out to the horizon. A trip to these holiday resorts can be
combined with that on the Karla, Bhaja, and Bedsa caves, which are
very near from Lonavala.
Lonavala is located
in the western part of the state of Maharashtra. It is set amongst
the slopes of the Sahyadri mountain range. Also known as the
"Jewel of The Sahyadri", Lonavala is a place of this region where
nature is present in its entire splendor. It has become famous
because of nature's gift of beautiful valleys, hills, milky
waterfalls, lush greenery, and pleasant cool winds.
Khandala being the
smaller of the two is relatively calmer and is the pride of the
Sahyadri Mountains. It is endowed with abundant natural beauty and
like Lonavala, Khandala also provides a popular gateway from the
hustle and bustle of cities of Mumbai and Pune. The lush greenery
of the mountains especially during the monsoons and the misty
paths attract tourist like honeybees here. The silver waterfalls
amidst the lush greenery are extremely magical. Lonavala's bazaar
is filled with surprises. The beauty of this place is a refreshing
There are numerous
lakes around Lonavala and Khandala. Lakes such as Tugauli,
Lonavala and Bhushi are worth a visit; so is the Valvan lake,
which has a beautiful dam, a garden as well as a Pisiculture
Karla & Bhaja
Karla and Bhaja
Caves, located in the hills at a distance of 11-km from Lonavala,
are important places to visit. These rock-cut cave temples dating
back to 2nd century BC and are amongst the oldest and finest
examples of Buddhist rock cut temple art in India, belonging to
the Hinayana sect of Buddhism. Adventure seekers can try their
hand at rock climbing at the Duke's Nose peak and other locations
in the Karla hills, near Lonavala.
OTHER PLACES OF
INTEREST INCLUDE :-
Sundaram - Satayam Shivam Sundaram is a beautiful man made
waterfall with a surrounding pool.
Bhushi Dam - This
dam is very popular with holidaymakers who come here for picnics.
Lohagad Fort - It
has some spectacular entrance gates, a huge cave, which was used
for storing grain, and a water tank. The Tunga Fort - surrounded
by the Pavana Dam, this fort also has a Mahadeo temple in the
Kaivalya Dham Yoga
Centre - Situated on a picturesque hill near Valvan lake, many
visitors flock to this institute, which imparts yoga education.
Sthan - This place has a fascinating variety of thick forests,
deep valleys, peacocks and monkeys, speedy streams etc.
BEST TIME TO
Though one can
enjoy the beauty of these places through out the year, the best
time to visit Lonavala and Khandala is from October to May.
HOW TO GET THERE
airport is situated in Pune at 64-km.
Rail: Lonavala is
on the main railway line between Mumbai and Pune. All express
trains plying between the two cities stop here. There is also an
hourly shuttle service for Pune.
situated on the Mumbai Pune Highway. It is 104-km from Mumbai and
64-km from Pune. The bus service between Lonavala and Pune is
good. Buses shuttle between Lonavala and Khandala. Travellers can
hire bicycles on hourly basis to explore Lonavala or to go to
WHERE TO STAY
The MTDC runs a
resort at Karla and another at Rye Woods, Lonavala. Many hotels
that suit your budget and pocket are available in Lonavala /
Khandala. It is advisable to stay at Khandala, being quietest of
all with less traffic and good scenic views. Also private
are available for picnickers going overnight.