Where nature knocks on the door
|Type of Tourism||: Hill Station Tourism|
|Population||: 4510(as per 2001 census)|
|Altitude||: 559 meters|
|Languages spoken||: Marathi, Hindi|
|What to buy||:Chikki, Vaddapao, Bhajias.|
|Food Specialties||: Chikki|
|Adventure sports||: Trekking and Hiking|
Khandala is an enchanting hill resort located on the western slopes of the Sahyadri Mountain Range of Western Maharashtra. Perched up at an altitude of about 625meters above the sea level, Khandala poises as a perfect repository for the urban population of the two of the most industrialized cities of Maharashtra, namely Mumbai and Pune, which are located at a distance of 101km and 69km respectively from Khandala. It is also widely known as the twin hill resort of Lonavla that is situated just 5km away.
Endowed with innumerous natural resources and a panoramic beauty, Khandala is paradise for the adventure enthusiasts. Its cool and congenial atmosphere throughout the year makes it immensely popular and a perfectly apt spot for outdoor activities. The verdant hills all around also exude the aroma of a natural elegance and allure the lovers of nature with a promise of a peaceful retreat in the lap of nature.
The history of Khandala is still under the canopy of anonymity. It is assumed that the legendary leader of Maharashtra, namely Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had ruled an area very near to Khandala. In the later years, it was supposed to have been taken over by the courageous Peshwas and finally the British took control over the land. All the modernizations that are part of Khandala today are a result of the colonial rule of the British Empire.
Khandala is an elfin town of Maharashtra that is a haven for the naturalists and environmentalists. People from a number of urban constituencies of the state as well as the neighboring states, flock down to Khandala to de-stress themselves and unwind amidst immaculate greenery and natural beauty. Khandala is famous for the opportunities that it offers to the lovers of adventure and also for its renowned sweet ‘Chikki’ that is widely acclaimed all over India.