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General Information about Lonavala/Khandala

Lonavala

The hill station of Lonavala is 2041 feet above sea level and becomes a trekking hub during the monsoon season. Located in the Sahyadri Ranges, it has several caves in its vicinity and many overflowing waterfalls too.

Attractions: There are many caves like Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves and Bedsa that are nearby Lonavala. During a visit to this weekend getaway around Hyderabad, one can opt to go to the twin hill station of Khandala along with visiting the two fortresses of Lohagad and Visapur. Another place of interest is the Tungi Fort near the village of Karjat.

Activities: Many adventure enthusiasts head to Lonavala during the rainy season for trekking expeditions in the valleys around Lonavala. With plenty of waterfalls in the region that are in full spate during this season, the scene is a refreshing one.

Location: Western Maharashtra, on the way between Pune and Mumbai

Best time to visit: Monsoons

 

Khandala
Khandala is a hill station in the Western Ghat mountains of Maharashtra, western India. It's home to vantage spots including Sunset Point and Rajmachi Point, with views of Rajmachi Fort. Kune Falls is a 3-tiered waterfall set in a dramatic valley. Waterfalls surround the Tamhini Ghat mountain pass. East of town, the Bhaja and Karla caves are ancient, Buddhist rock-cut shrines featuring intricate carvings and pillars.


Bhairavnath Temple
Bhairavnath Temple is an ancient shrine, situated in a densely forested area near Lonavala. This temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairava, who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva, according to Hindu mythology.
Resembling other Shiva shrines of the Konkan region, it has a simple architecture. Smaller temples of other Hindu deities are present within the compound. Mahashivratri, the main festival related to Lord Shiva, is the time when this temple is frequented by several devotees.


Kune Waterfalls :
Kune Waterfalls is a picturesque cataract, nestled between the scenic valleys of Lonavala and Khandala. Cascading from a height of 200 metres, it is the 14th highest waterfall in the country.

Eye-soothing greenery encompasses this three-tiered waterfall, which is why it looks spectacular when viewed from a distance. The pool formed by this waterfall is an ideal spot for swimming and bathing. Rappelling is a popular adventure sport conducted at the site of Kune Waterfalls.


Duke's Nose
It a high cliff situated in the hill station of Khandala. The cliff attributes its name to its shape, which resembles a snake's hood (Nagphani). Another name of this cliff is Duke's Nose, owing to its supposed similarity to the nose of the Duke of Wellington.

The high altitude of this place makes it a wonderful vantage point. From here, visitors can enjoy the panorama of the low-lying valley, mountains and verdant forestation.

Pinnacles of the Sahyadri mountain range are clearly visible from the cliff. This site is also popular for thrilling activities like trekking, hiking and rock climbing, which attract many adventure enthusiasts.


Lohagad Fort
Lohagad Fort, literally meaning iron fort, is a historical citadel perched atop a hillock at an elevation of 3400 feet. Situated in the Sahyadri range of Lonavala, it separates the Indrayani basin from the Pawna basin. The elaborate history of this fort associates it with the great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji. Many other Maratha and Vidarbha rulers used this citadel, making it an important part of Maharashtra's rich history.

The fort can be reached from any of its four entrances, namely Maha Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja, Hanuman Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja.


Rajmachi Fort
Rajmachi Fort, a renowned attraction, consists of two citadels – Shrivardhan and Manaranjan Forts. Surrounded by a wide plateau, this fort overlooks the Bor Ghat that was a prominent trade route connecting Mumbai and Pune in the past.


Bhushi Lake
Bhushi Lake is a placid water body, formed by the watercourse of Bhushi Dam. This lake is situated in the outskirts of Lonavala, which is why it is considered as an ideal weekend getaway by locals.


Tiger’s Point
Tiger’s Point or Tiger's Leap is a prominent tourist attraction in Lonavala and offers splendid views of the valley. If you look closely, you can see an impression of a tiger trying to leap across the valley, which is why the vantage point has earned its name. The echo produced by rocks falling into the crevasse is another highlight of this point.

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