Khandala at a glance:

Coordinates: 18.7583° N, 73.3757° E

State: Maharashtra

Khandala is a hill station in the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra, about 3 kilometres from Lonavala and 7 kilometres from Karjat.

How to reach Khandala:

By Air :

The nearest airport is New Pune International Airport. Cabs are available from the airport.

By Rail :

The nearest railway station is Khandala Junction. Taxies are available from the railway station.

By Road :

Cabs/Buses are available to reach Khandala.

Places to visit in Khandal:

Amrutanjan Point-Lonavala:

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Located at the starting of Khandala Ghatsa, the Amrutanjan Point is an excellent viewpoint from where one can get a magnificent aerial view of the town Khopoli as well as the Duke’s Nose.

Celebrity Wax Museum-Lonavala:

This Wax Museum is founded by a 38-year-old wax artist from Kerala, Sunil Kandaloor. It houses sculptures of Rajiv Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Michael Jackson, Kapil Dev Adolf Hitler, AR Rahman and many more. Image of Chhatrapati Shivaji is the highlight of the museum.

Karla and Bajha Caves:

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These caves depict an early phase of the Buddhist architecture. The characteristic features of these early temples were two establishments, each self-contained and consisting of a prayer hall (chaitya) and a monastery (vihara), which contained accommodation for the monks.

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Kune Waterfalls:

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The beautiful Kune Waterfalls are the 14th highest in the country. This one is an interesting three-tiered waterfall having a total height of 200m. A popular picnic spot, the area is surrounded by lush greenery. One can also enjoy swimming and bathing in the water.

Lion’s Point:

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This is a cliff located between Bhushi Dam and Amby Valley. Tourists can also get an aerial view of the Tungarli Lake and Dam from here.

Manoranjan Fort:

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At the complex of the fort, tourists can view ammunition depots and the watchmen houses. Within the fort, tourists can also find a square lake that is filled with water all the year-round. The highest point of the fort acts as a viewpoint.

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Shooting Point:

A viewpoint, by the name of Shooting Point, is frequented by tourists wishing to catch an aerial view of the Rajmachi Fort and the valley below. Located in the town of Khandala (Bazaar Peth), the site is also home to St. Mary’s Villa.

Shrivardhan Fort:

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Located in Rajmachi Village, which lies in the Sahyadri Mountain Ranges, this fort has an elevation of about 900 m and was once used as a watchtower for the Sahyadri Region. It is close to the Manoranjan Fort. Constructed in Maratha style, a cave of the Buddhist period is further down.

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What to Eat in Khandala:

Khandala doesn’t have a standout or unique cuisine but is extremely welcoming to those interested in simple vegetarian food. Like in most parts of the state, Vada Paav is popular, widespread and almost staple, so is in Khandala. Other than this the city has several areas which can offer you popular fast food items. One can also enjoy Continental and Chinese in the area. For those interested in flavours more traditional, the city provides options for North-Indian and Gujrati cuisine.


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