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The Dukes Retreat
Pune Mumbai Road
Khandala, Lonavala 410 301

T: (022) 4333 2000
M: +91 7875840400,
+91 7875630300
Places to Visit in Lonavala

Khandala Excursions

  • Shooting Point
  • Kune Point
  • Rajmachi Point
  • Karla Caves
  • Duke's Nose
  • A scenic point located at a walking distance from Dukes Retreat is the Table land or Shooting Point. It derives its name from the history of being a favoured location as a venue for movie shootings in the 1980s. It offers a magnificent view of the Rajmachi Fort and the valley. It is also the setting for St. Mary's villa. It is about one km from the hotel and is a 10 minute walk.

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

  • 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. Regular State Transport buses ply between Rajmachi Point and Lonavla from the State Transport Bus Stand. The famous Vaghjai temple is also located here. It is about one km from the hotel and is a 10 minute walk.

  • Karla caves, located at a distance of 16 kms from The Dukes Retreat, on the old Mumbai Pune Highway towards Pune, is a complex of cave shrines built by Buddhist monks, oldest dating back to 160BC. A famous temple of Goddess Ekvira Devi, goddess of the Koli fisherman of the region, is also present here. Karli's location in Maharashtra places it in a region that marks the division between North India and South India.

  • 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, the valley 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.

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