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Khandala Forest Ghats A New Tourist Spot In Adilabad

Khandala Ghats

Khandala is a popular hill station in Maharashtra that attracts nature lovers; now visitors are also interested in exploring the Khandala forest ghats in Adilabad. The Khandala ghats are emerging as a tourist spot with scenic beauty next only to the Kerameri and Mahaboob ghats in Nirmal.

Tourists are thronging to the Khandala ghats to enjoy nature, and to take photographs in the midst of the landscape. The ghats are surrounded by forests and a series of deep valleys.

Previously, the place had no road connectivity and the only way for people to get there, was to climb the boulders in the rocky terrain. Since then, a road has been laid by cutting through the hill. The road runs through agricultural fields and forests and connects the interior tribal villages of the Khandala grama panchayats to the Adilabad headquarters.

Some Adivasi gudems are located on the top of the Khandala hillock and there was no road connectivity to these gudems until recently. A black tar road now connects some hamlets, and an electricity line is also being erected in some villages.

Avinash Reddy of Adilabad recently visited the Khandala ghats, and said the place was emerging as a tourist spot. he added that the ghats and deep valleys were attractive. he said the department of forest and tourism should develop the ghats as a tourist spot, by constructing viewing towers, and cottages for visitors to rest.

The Khandala ghats are beautiful during the rainy season and the winter, when the forest are covered in fog. Jogu Ramanna, minister for environment and forest, said "We are trying to develop Khandala as a tourist spot, by creating facilities for visitors and tourists, and by providing local guides to visitors from outside."

How To Reach There

  • Khandala, which is just 23 km away from Adilabad town, is now well-connected to Adilabad district headquarters by road. It is 325 km from Hyderabad, and can be reached via NH 44.
  • Visitors can reach the spot in their own vehicles, or by hiring private vehicles at Adilabad.
  • An RTC bus is also operated from Adilabad Bus Depot to Pippaldhari village, which is close to Khandala.
  • Visitors can reach Adilabad by train, from Secunderabad or Warangal.
  • Accommodation is available at the ITDA, Zilla Parishad, Roads and Buildings Department, and Forest Department guesthouses, as well as at private hotels and restaurants in Adilabad town.
  • Adilabad town is 283 km from Warangal, 145 km from Nizamabad, and 408 km from Khammam  district headquarters.
  • Tourists can visit the Satnala Irrigation Project, and the historical Indravelli Martyrs' Memorial; and  academicians and researchers can interact with the local primitive Kolam tribals and other Adivasi communities. 
  • It is recommended that visitors carry drinking water and food items, and wear comfortable shoes while walking through the rocky area.
  • The best period to visit Khandala is between July and January, to witness the lush greenary of the surrounding forests.