Tucked away in the thickly wooded interiors of the Sahyadris, nature sings its own songs at Khodala. Khodala, Maharashtra – India, is in the Thane District of Maharashtra, off Nasik.

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he mountainous terrain and the thickly forested locale put the visitor right on the lap of Mother Nature. Khodala is more a village, largely inhabited by tribals. Poojas/Bhajans throughout the night during special occasions, and even animal sacrifice is still being practiced in this region. The place is as yet devoid of modernity and has therefore, managed to retain the values associated with its idyllic surroundings. Khodala is an ideal trekking spot for a trekking of about 40 kms across the Sahyadris.


Culture surrounding Khodala is also true rural Indian culture. One will not find too many top class restaurants or cinema halls around here. For those seeking a retreat from the hustle bustle of metropolitan life, Khodala offers the calm, serene surrounding in unison with its glorious greenery except for the occasional tourists waking up the otherwise sleepy atmosphere. This is a typical Indian high range tourist spot at about 1800 ft above MSL.

Tourists interested in the scenic splendour of Mother Nature, Water falls, river beds, Study of the nature, Tenting and camping would fit this location perfectly. Nearby forts and temples adequately cater to those looking for historical values. The pristine Devbandh waterfall lies nestled inside the Khodala Hills. The Igatpuri-Kasara ghats, the lush and amazing unnamed water falls as one drives through to Khodala, the camel valley, Vaitarana lake/reservoir, Jawhar, Tringalwadi fort etc. are the surrounding spots which can be absorbingly interesting. 

The Neuro Therapy centre at Moga, a nearby village can be of immense interest to many of today’s jet set and hi-tec world’s inhabitants. Amala Wildlife Sanctuary: In an expanse of about 15 acres on the forest area is the Amala Wildlife Sanctuary. The flora and fauna in this sanctuary rank among the rarest found in the Sahyadri region. Animal species like bison, jackals, striped hyena, wild boar, antelopes and ofcourse monkeys, together with several other animals and reptiles can be found in this sanctuary. Birdlife like orioles, black drongos, magpies, robins can also engage the tourist. The upper Vaitarana Dam (about 20 kms away) adds value to the great escape into the wilderness of Mother Nature.
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