Lonavala and Khandala are the two neighbouring beautiful hill stations of Maharashtra in India. These hill stations are located at a distance of around 5 kms from one another and attract a large crowd all through the year from various parts of the country and abroad. Lonavala and Khandala are situated at a distance of 64 km from Pune city and around 96 km from Mumbai. The scenic beauty, green valley, gushing waterfalls and historic forts are the main attractions of these two hill stations of Maharashtra.
Attractions of Lonavala and Khandala
Lonavala is famous by the name of ‘Jewel of the Sahyadri’, which lies in the Western part of Maharashtra. Lonavala is big in area if compared between these two hill stations. Though Khandala is smaller but it is famous for its calmness.
Karla is famous for its largest Chaitya Caves which were built in 800 BC. Main attraction of these caves is the preservation of Buddhism and various carved images of Lord Buddha. Its gate has been constructed in the shape of a ‘Peepal Leaf’.
Surrounded by serene and picturesque view, Lonavala Lake is located at a distance of around 1.6 km from Lonavala town. It is also known by the name of Bushi Lake. Some of the other beautiful lakes are Tunguli Lake, Valvan Lake and Pavna Lake.
Shivaji Park is also a famous attraction for visitors which was earlier known as playground. It was converted to Park in 1956. Main attraction of the park is the statue of Shivaji Maharaj.
This is one of the most flocked destinations of the region. After visiting this site if one looks towards the valley, it seems as a Tiger is leaping into valley. One can have a picturesque view of the green valley from this point.
It is located at about 12 km from Lonavala town. This is one of the most preferred destinations in Maharashtra by hikers. As it resembles the nose of Duke of Wellington, it was name Duke’s Nose. It is also known by the name of ‘Nagfani’, which means hood of a snake, as it looks like it.
Ryewood is a garden which is situated near to Lonavala town and attracts visitors as its area is covered with beautiful tall trees. One of the main attractions of this garden is ancient Mahadeo Temple.
This beautiful view point is located 7 km from Lonavala and is very famous for the mesmerising view of railway line crossing through tunnels in the beautiful valley. One can also have a panoramic view of Duke’s Point from this place.
Rajmachi Fort is a must visit place while on tour to Lonavala and Khandala. It was used during the reign of Shivaji Maharaj. As it is surrounded on three sides by deep valleys, one can only reach this spot on foot.