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Khandala Excursions

Movie Shooting Point / Dukes Table

Movie Shooting point or Tableland is located at a walking distance from The Dukes Retreat. It derives its name from the history of being a favoured location for movie shootings in the 1980s. It offers a magnificent view of the Rajmachi Fort and the valley below. It is also the setting for St. Mary's villa. It is about 1 km from the hotel and is a 10 minute walk.

Kune Point

Kune Point is visible from The Dukes Retreat and is one of the major tourist spots in Khandala. It hosts a picturesque waterfall where water comes down from a height of more than 200 feet. The waterfall runs for many days long after the monsoon is over. The waterfall is divided into 2 sections and each part of the waterfall is almost 100 feet high. It is at a distance of 4 km from the resort.

Rajmachi Point

Rajmachi Point is located at a walking distance from The Dukes Retreat. This point commands a view of Shivaji's famous fort, Rajmachi (Royal terrace) and the surrounding valley. It is about 1 km from the hotel and is a 10 minute walk.

Karla Caves

Karla Caves are located at a distance of 16 km from The Dukes Retreat, on the old Mumbai Pune Highway towards Pune. It is a complex of cave shrines built by Buddhist monks, dating back to 160BC. A famous temple of Goddess Ekvira Devi, Goddess of the Koli fisherman of the region, is also located here. Its map location places it in a region that marks the division between North India and South India.

Duke's Nose

Dukes Nose, the cliff from which the hotel derives its name, is around 17 km from Khandala. This is a popular spot with hikers and walkers and is named after the Duke of Wellington and his famous full-nose, who was a frequent visitor to the area. The peak of the cliff, when observed carefully, resembles the pointed nose of the Duke in a reclining position. The valley also resembles the hood of a snake earning it the local nickname of 'Nagfani'. Reaching the peak of the cliff is a 3 km trek from Kurwanda village.

Monkey Hill

All the trains coming down from Khandala halt here for brake testing. There is a huge flat land to south of the railway tracks. This place is exactly above Khopoli town and it can be approached from Khopoli as well as Borghat reversing station. It is a favourite picnic spot for many.

Wax Museum

The 'Celebrity Wax Museum', modelled on the famous Madame Tussauds in London, is located only 3 km away from the railway station Varsoli, near Toll Plaza and is a new attraction for the tourists.

Bhushi Dam

The Bhushi Dam is a masonry dam on the Indrayani River in Lonavala, Maharashtra, India.