Khandala and Lonavala – The Twin Hill-stations to Spend Great Holidays
Khandala and Lonavala are popular hill-stations in Maharashtra in a close vicinity of about 5 km from each other. They are at about 64 km from Pune and 96 km from Mumbai. This makes them two of the most popular spots for people in Mumbai and Pune to find some relaxing space away from their hectic lifestyles.
Enshrouded with lush greenery they attract many travelers from India and overseas throughout the year.
Popular tourist attractions in Khandala and Lonavala
If you enjoy exploring the hidden treasures of nature, there are way too many beautiful spots in the vicinity that will keep your mind and camera busy all day long.
A favorite spot for picnic at about 6 km from Lonavala. When the water spills over the dam it forms a small waterfall. Visitors have fun sitting on the steps allowing the water to flow over them.
Nagphani or Duke’s Nose:
Traditionally known as Nagphani which means resembling a raised hood (phani) of a cobra (Nag), this cliff was later named after the Duke of Wellington resembling his nose.
Karla and Bhaja Caves:
Carved in the mountain rocks of Lonavala, these caves are a beautiful epitome of the ancient Buddhist tradition and art.
This is a beautiful fort near Amby Valley that towers about 3050 ft. above the sea level. It is a great destination for trekkers, travelers and nature lovers to explore the bounty of flora and fauna of the region.
One of the historical forts in Maharashtra, this fort attracts visitors from all walks of life from historians to college students to enjoy the lush forests and the massive stone-built walls and architecture of the fort.
The intriguing title is derived from the fact that, from a distance, the spot looks like a tiger leaping across the valley. The echoes generated by falling rocks into the crevasse are also a major attraction
A beautiful park and picnic spot near Lonavala with a spectacular view of surroundings including the two towers of the Rajmachi fort.
Not to miss activities in Khandala and Lonavala
There are many activities for adults as well as kids to enjoy in these beautiful hill-spots.
The mountainous region with steep cliffs and deep valleys is a perfect destination for the adventurous souls.
Camping and Picnicking:
The thick forest covered mountains as well as beautiful gardens and parks are a great way to spend your evenings around a campfire singing, dancing and having a great time with your friends and family.
Shopping and eating:
Don’t forget to grab a bagful of chikkis which are a favorite local sweets made of jaggery and nuts. Other local delicacies include chivda, wafers, sev and canned jams.
Many hotels and restaurants offer local and international food items to keep your appetite buzzing throughout your journey to the various destinations.
The options are many dictated only by your taste and budget.
Pune airport is the nearest domestic airport.
Lonavala has its own railway station on the Mumbai-Pune railway line.
You can either use the State Transport bus services or use a taxi or rent a private vehicle to reach Lonavala or Khandala from Pune (66 km) or Mumbai (104 km).
Many budget accommodations are available if you want to save money for sight-seeing. However, if you want to enjoy a luxurious stay, there are 4/5 star hotels and resorts too.
The twin hill-stations of Khandala and Lonavala are great places to surround yourself with the serenity of nature and soothe your senses. And if you want some stimulating activities, you can always put-on your trekking gear and head to the cliffs.