Lonavala and Khandala

The twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala are popular weekend holiday getaways for those who come to Mumbai. Lonavla is about 96 km from Mumbai and about a 10-minute drive away from  Khandala. Well known for chikki (brittle sweet made with jaggery and peanuts) and fudge, these hill stations offer scenic views of the valley, hills and tiny villages tucked away in the folds of the Western Ghats. Lonavala offers many picnic spots options like Ryewood Park and the garden adjacent to the Valvan Dam. Duke’s Nose, a cliff about 12 km from Lonavala, is popular with hikers and thrill-seekers. Tiger’s Leap, also known as Tiger’s Point, is a clifftop with a sheer drop of over 650 m, giving a panoramic view of the region. Sunil Kandaloor’s celebrity wax museum is another popular attraction for tourists who come to Lonavla and Khandala, where they can click selfies with popular Indian and international celebrities, including Sachin Tendulkar and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

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