(Last Updated on : 04-04-2015)
Khandala is one of the popular hill stations in Maharashtra state of India
. This hill station is a very famous getaway spot for people from Mumbai
. Tourists from other parts of India also flock to this beautiful hill station. Tiger's Leap, Bedsa Caves, Karla Caves
and Duke's Nose are some of the popular attractive spots in Khandala. Also, owing to ease of accessibility from nearby cities, Khandala is a common area for hiking.
Location of Khandala
It is nestled in the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra. It is situated about 3 kilometres from Lonavala and 7 kilometres from Karjat. It is located at one end of the Bhor Ghat which is a major ghat on the road link between the Deccan Plateau
and the Konkan plain. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the main link between the major cities of Mumbai and Pune, passes through Khandala.
Attractions of Khandala
There are various places of interest in this hill station which are as follows-
Tiger's Leap is one of the most attractive spots in this hill station. It is said that if someone carefully observes the valley from this point, it will appear as if a tiger is leaping into the valley.
This is another point of attraction. It is mainly known for its historical significance. It was built in 1896 and this is the very place were the founders of St Xaviers college
were jailed as POWs by the British masters.
: The Bedsa Caves are popular for their superb art and architecture
. These caves are also known for the Chaitya hall which has spacious reposing rooms and the pillars that are adorned with the images of lions.
Nestled high up in Khandala, this point provides stunning view of the nearby places.
: It is one of the prime tourist attractions of Khandala. Cut out around 2000 years ago, the caves are known for their marvelous architecture. The Karla Caves are also one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in India.
Situated very close to the Malavali railway station, Bhaja Caves
are known for their excellent architecture. These caves were built in the likeness of the Karla Caves. The southern region of the caves exhibits various sculptures of human figures and deities. These sculptures
are said to have mythological significance.
Duke's Nose is another spot of attraction. It is named after Duke Wellington, who had a pointed nose resembling the cliff. It is also known as 'Nagfani'. Duke's Nose offers a panoramic view of Khandala and the Bhor Ghat.
It is located only 5 km from Khandala. Nestled at a height of 625 meters above sea level, this hill is also known as the Jewel of the Sahyadri
is another popular tourist site in Khandala. It is situated around 20 kilometers from Lonavala. The fort stands on Shrivardhan and Manaranjan peaks.
is the ideal spot for the nature admirers. Home to crystal clear water
, the surrounding of the lake provides serene and tranquil atmosphere.
Connectivity to Khandala
Khandala is very well-linked by road and rail. The best time to visit this beautiful hill station is from the month of October to the month of May.