Khandala is a hill station that is situated at a distance of 120 kms from Mumbai. The peaceful town of Khandala overlooks a picturesque valley and is surrounded by wet-season waterfalls. The timeless appeal of the hill resort is sure to bowl you over. Khandala is located a little lower on the slopes of the Sahyadris. The picturesque drive winding around the Western Ghats and the equally splendid train journey weaving through at least twenty tunnels cut into the basaltic rock before it ends at Khandala is some experience. Khandala will entice you to come back over and over again.
So come and let Khandala cast their spell on you!
How to Reach Khandala?
By Air : Khandala does not have any airport so one has to fly to either Bombay or to Pune. The nearest international airport is Bombay (110 km) and domestic airport is Pune (66km). From either of the city airports you would have to take a taxi or bus to Khandala.
By Rail : There are connecting trains available from Mumbai Central Station and Pune Junction. All the trains halt at Khandala before travelling onto to Lonavala.
By Road : The Mumbai-Bangalore National Highway connecting southern and western India passes through Khandala -Lonavala. The drive winds its way up tiers of ghats including the arduous Khopoli - Khandala Ghat. Within a short distance of 8 km the road ascends to a height of 369 m but the picturesque countryside makes it worth it all. State roadways buses, private buses, taxis and tour operators have regular services to the hill resort of Khandala.
Best Time to Visit Khandala
You can come here any time of the year, especially in winter, from October to April that is considered the best time to visit Khandala.Summer temperatures reach a maximum of 36° C and touch minimum temperatures of 12° C in winter.
Khandala experiences heavy rainfall during the monsoon season, from June to August. The pristine beauty of the place, the green meadows can be seen during this season. Visit this place in August or September, if you want to experience the festive spirit of the place. The Banganga festival and the Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated with pomp and gaiety.
Things to do in Khandala
Khandala, a popular hill resort in Maharashtra, offers a wide variety of things to do. Outdoor enthusiasts can indulge in activities like trekking, hiking, or caving as they explore the natural beauty of Khandala which is best explored on foot. Marvel at the impressive forts and caves that are sprinkled on the hillside. Shop for the famous sweet ‘chikki’ or head to places like Lonavala – another popular stunning hill station or Kamshet – famous hill station for paragliding. Delve into a variety of cuisines available here and must try is mint vada pao as you enjoy the striking beauty of Khandala. Come and explore the timeless appeal of this charming hill resort of Western India.
Places Near Khandala
There are many places to see near Khandala. Visit Lonavala, that is 5 kms away and is another popular and beautiful hill-station.
You can also look forward to visit Kamshet that is only 16 kms from Khandala. This is a must visit destination for those with even the slightest inclination towards adventure. This picturesque hill station is a popular destination for paragliding.
Hotels in Khandala – Choice is Yours
There are numerous hotels in Khandala ranging from 3-star, 4-star and 5-star deluxe to budget hotels.