A picturesque town nestled in the Sahyadri hills with abundant greenery, forts, valleys, and lakes, makes Khandala a perfect weekend getaway. It became a synonym for a lovers retreat in the late nineties when Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan crooned “Aati Kya Khandala” to woo Rani Mukherjee in the film “Ghulam”.

The beauty of the town gets a new vibrancy in the monsoon season when visitors from across India land to insulate their minds from external influences. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this hill station has a lot of history behind it. So, pack your bags and leave for this beautiful hill station in Maharashtra.

Why Go There: Temples | Viewpoints
Ideal For: Honeymooners | Nature Lovers
Things to Bring Back: Chikki, kolhapuri footwear, wooden items, idols, colourful trinkets and more

We have created a list for you where you come to know about the best places to visit in Khandala.

10. Rajmachi Fort

A fort gracefully sitting on the rugged hills of the Sahyadri mountains is definitely a must visit place in Khandala.  It comprises two twin fortresses namely the Shriwardhan Ballekilla and Manranjan Balekilla where you can go for a trek. The fort was a possession of the Angre family that was the head of the Maratha navy in the 18th century. Enveloped by abundant lush green pastures and the Sahyadri hills in the backdrop, the beauty of the fort becomes even more alluring to the human eyes.

While on a visit to Khandala you can also visit some other great forts mentioned underneath:

  • Visapur Fort
  • Lohagad Fort
  • Shrivardhan Fort
  • Tunga Fort

Distance from the City: 13.3 km
Time required: 1 day
Ideal for: Couples | Photographers
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

9. Bedsa Caves

Have you ever been to the oldest caves in the world? Visit the Bedsa caves which are set to amaze you with its historic beauty. Dating back to 60 BC these caves are perched atop a hill which gives an astounding view of the hills. A famous cave known as Chaitya is the most wondrous creation which is elongated on a narrow path that gives you jitters when you walk through it. The Bedsa caves have exquisite carvings on them that makes it one of the best historic places to visit in Khandala.

Distance from the City: 30.4 km
Time required: 1 day
Ideal for: Couples | Photographers | Family | Friends
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

8. Kune Falls

Cascading from a height of 200m, the Kune Falls is the 14th highest in the country. Surrounded by green lands, the majestic falls are one of the most beauteous locations in the pretty town of Khandala. People flock around from around India and take a dip in the crystalline water of the Kune falls. So, if you are planning to visit Khandala, then Kune Falls shall definitely top your list.

Distance from the City: 1.5 Km
Time required: 3-4 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family
Best time to visit: June – September

7. Shooting Point

A viewpoint that will give you the mesmerizing view of the Rajmachi fort and the massive hillocks is one of the best places to visit in Khandala. The Shooting point also houses the St. Mary’s villa which you can visit while you are visiting the Shooting point.

Distance from the City: 3.2 km
Time required: 3-4 hours
Ideal for: Couples | Photographers | Family
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

6. Tiger’s Leap

A hotspot of scenic beauty, visitors flock around at the Tiger’s leap to view the picturesque surroundings. In the monsoon time, Tiger’s leap attracts many visitors because of its magnificent waterfalls. The valley has got its name from the entire view that looks like a tiger is leaping into the valley. A major fascination at the Tiger’s leap is the echo point which makes it one of the most famous tourist spots.

Distance from the City: 12 km
Time required: 3-4 hours
Ideal for: Couples | Photographers | Friends | Family
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

5. Duke’s Nose

Wondering what is so special about Duke’s Nose? Well, a hill with a close resemblance to the Duke of Wellington’s nose is what that makes the site a great place to visit in Khandala. While at the Duke’s nose, you can witness the majestic mountains blending perfectly with the clear blue sky. Famous for its trekking trails and rock climbing, so if you are an adrenaline junkie then Duke’s nose is a perfect hideout for you.

Distance from the City: 7.6 km
Time required: 3-4 hours
Ideal for: Couples | Photographers | Family | Friends
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

4. Bhushi Lake

Located near Khandala, the Bhushi lake is quite a favourite among the tourists. A locale of serene surroundings and tiny waterfalls, the Bhushi lake is bound to calm your nerves. You can also visit the Bhushi dam situated near the Bhushi lake and admire the massive structure of the reservoir. You can also grab a bite at the teensy shops and tea stalls nearby when at the Bhushi Lake.

Distance from the City: 9.6 km
Time required: 4-5 hours
Ideal for: Couples | Photographers | Family | Friends
Best time to visit: 9 AM – 5 PM

3. Celebrity Wax Museum

Founded by a 40-year artist from Kerala, the celebrity wax museum houses the wax structures of famous actors, politicians, social activists, sportspersons and even the international stars. It is a simulation of the Madame Tussauds Museum in London as it has been constructed on the same concept as well. The main attraction of the museum is the wax statue of the ancient ruler Chattrapati Shivaji.

Distance from the City: 4.3 km
Time required: 5-6 hours
Ideal for: Family | Friends
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

2. Reywood Park

Visit the Reywood park to relax when you are on a trip to Khandala. The Reywood Park is a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature and get a dose of tranquilization. The park has abundant trees that will be a treat for your eyes. While at the park you can also seek blessings at an old Mahadeo Temple that is going to make a great end to your day trip to Reywood park.

Distance from the City: 4.7 km
Time required: 5-6 hours
Ideal for: Couples | Photographers | Friends | Family
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

1. Sakur Plateau

Elevated at 1000 ft, the Sakur plateau is a great place to appreciate the beauty of mother nature. Encompassed with verdant woods and mighty hillocks, the Sakur plateau is one such marvel created by nature that you must visit in Khandala. You can also visit Korigad, Lohagad and Tunga forts which are located in the vicinity of the plateau itself.

Distance from the City: 4 km
Time required: 3-4 hours
Ideal for: Couples | Photographers | Family | Friends
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Hidden Gems

Lohagad Darshan: A garden in Bhangarwadi located amidst the grassy lands and valleys it is a must visit place in Khandala. Strolling at the Lohagad Darshan is bound to make you feel elated.

Pavana Lake: An artificial lake built across the Pavana river is one such place in Lonavala that offers you a lot of adventure activities. Row your way in the river or just go for a motorboat ride, while you can also visit the Tunga, Lohagad and Tikona forts as well.

Shingroba Temple: On the mountain peak, sits an ancient temple where you can go and seek the blessings of the gods and goddesses. It opens on all days from 06 AM to 7 PM, so make sure you reach at the right time while visiting the temple.

Amrutanjan Point: Located at the Khandala Ghat the Amrutanjan point is a great hotspot for picnics and outings in the town of Khandala. You can get a great view of the valleys surrounded by green lands.

Nearby Places to Visit

  • Lonavala
  • Pune
  • Mumbai
  • Matheran
  • Panchgani
  • Mahabaleshwar
  • Bhandardara

How to Reach Khandala

Nearest Airport 

Pune International Airport (75.8 Km away)
Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport (89.2 Km away)

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Nearest Railway Station

Khandala Railway Station

Nearest Bus Stops

Khopoli City Bus Stand
Maharashtra State Transport Bus Stand

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Drive down to Khandala in a rental car using Uber Offers and Ola Offers

Where to stay In Khandala

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