Although the most common and universally known landmark in Khandala Lonavala environments, Duke’s nose hardly 12 km. from Lonavala station, remains out of the easy reach of common tourists because of its precarious location the trodden way to the nose, 12 km from Lonavala, through village Kurwande goes from the front gate of INS Shivaji jutting out of the right as you face the gate you can cut across the dried up bed of the Lonavala lake during summer to reach Kurwande. there is also another picturesque but little difficult route from Khandala. we have already introduced you the Khandala rest house. go straight up till you reach the forebay, a small tank of Tata’s on the miniature dam and go round the hill amid dense foliage to reach the plateau behind Kurwande. it is at a little distance away.
it takes about an hour and a half to reach the top of the nose from Kurwande village. you start climbing the hill leading to the nose at Kuranda and you have to circle to the lower edge of the nose before finding the way to the top. the last lap of the trek involves fairly stiff climbing and should be considered hazardous by those who are new to hills. it should never be tried during the rainy season unless you are an expert mountaineer because the track gets very slippery.
Atop the nose, you find the height dizzying best way for those who are not confident of themselves is to see the enthralling panorama by lying down flat. a strong wind blowing from the west and gradually narrowing the projection of the nose makes it increasingly difficult for a novice to make it to the top, anyway. the tip of the nose is big enough to accommodate even 50 persons. the glorious vista one gets from the nose is beyond description. the valley to your right sandwiched between the nose & another projection sends a chill down your bones. On a clear day, one may be lucky to see the shining plate of the sea to the west.