The charming twin hill stations of the Western Ghats of India, Khandala-Lonavala boasts of their magnificent hills, large lakes, dark green valleys, gushing waterfalls and historic forts. Both situated at Sahyadris Mountains of Maharashtra; one is just 3 km away from the other. It is 96 km way from Mumbai and 64 km away from Pune. The lovely cooling weather that always remains below 40 degrees is one of the major attractions of this place. Well, besides its majestic picturesque, Lonavala is especially famous for chikki, its hard candy sweet.
Best places to visit in Khandala-lonavala
Built in 80 B.C., Karla caves are the largest Chaitya caves that have preserved Buddhist temples in their best forms. The caves’ interiors portray excellent architectural skills with lion pillars, carved images of Buddha, large elephant forms, dancing couples, etc. Interesting part is its entrance gate that resembles a peepul leaf.
Rajmachi Fort has a major relevance to India history as it was used by famous Maratha warrior Shivaji. Three sides of this fort are surrounded by deep valleys while the fourth side has thick forest. Apart from this, forts like Shrivardhan Fort, Lohagad Fort, Tunga Fort, Manoranjan Fort and Visapur Fort are equally boasting of their proud history.
The attraction of this dam is a beautiful garden located at its foot. Water of this dam is used to supply to Khapoli power station that generates electricity. This dams reservoir is fed by the Kundali River. You can spend a calm evening in this garden of Valvan dam.
This place has got this unique name from its unique feature. If you stand at this spot and look at the valley, it seems like a tiger leaping into this valley. Give it a visit for sure.Which is the best time to visit Khandala-Lonavala? To enjoy a memorable trip to these twin cities, here is your travel calendar.From mid of March to May: This period has the warmer months, after which, temperature rises to 40 degrees. However, the whole of summer is quite pleasurable.