Top 5 Waterfalls in Maharashtra
The state of Maharashtra is known for its evergreen nature, Sahyadri ranges and pouring monsoons. The western ghats of Maharashtra are drenched in the monsoons along with lush greenery around it. The trekkers eagerly wait for the monsoons to enjoy the scenic views of hills, forts, hiking, the new born waterfalls enroute and new streams. The waterfalls are one of the reasons why monsoon is the peak tourist season in Maharashtra. The waters gain extra force during monsoons as it rains heavily in the hilly Sahyadris hence making the waterfall experience even more exciting. Following are some of the best waterfalls you should visit during monsoons;
This is the best and nearest waterfall Mumbai has. Located near Kharghar in Navi Mumbai region, Panadavkada is a well known tourist weekend spot for Mumbaikars. The Pandavkada waterfalls stand alone amidst the lush green open field and nearby a golf course. The waterfall is famous for its height and the walk till the waterfalls. This is an ideal weekend road trip for people living in the surrounding areas. The pristine force of waters and big boulders make the best seat to admire the monsoon magic at Pandavkada.
Every adventurer in Maharashtra has visited Malshej Ghat once in their life. The prime location of Malshej ghats make it one of the most famous waterfalls of Maharashtra. The waterfalls are visited directly through the highway. Malshej cut through the western ghats via highways and waterfalls. The area is carpeted with green velvet grass, open fields and magical waterfalls. The drive from Mumbai to Malshej is merely 3 hours which is usually jam packed throughout the monsoons. The highway is crowded with vehicles and sweet corn stalls in front of multiple waterfalls enroute. Malshej ghat is enveloped with thick clouds during monsoons which looks no less than a paradise.
This is one of those hushed hushed places in Maharashtra which not many people know about. The Devkund Waterfalls is a waterfall trek near Tamhini Ghat filled with adventure and camping. This 7 km trek takes 2 hours to reach the hidden divine waterfalls. The sole waterfall splashes on the pond at its bottom making it seem like a waterfall from heaven. The trek to the end takes you through forest paths, open fields and mostly plain terrain. Make sure you visit on a weekday to avoid tourist traffic.
This is the best place to be in monsoons with your friends. The Zenith waterfall is an open waterfall with a lot of free space at its bottom to have fun and dip yourself in the cold waters. The road leading up to the waterfalls is a 10 minute stroll through a trail around the forest and water streams enroute. Unlike the rest of the waterfalls mentioned above. The area surrounding Zenith waterfalls is open and vast. Grab your friends and visit this marvelous waterfall during monsoons. The place is located in close vicinity to Khopoli which is the last station of Central line locals and barely a 3 hours ride from Mumbai.
This is the place you come to when you want to fill your instagram page with beautiful pictures. This picturesque waterfall is located at a height of 1278 m out of which you can hike till 500 m. The trail that walks you till the top is 1 hour long and contains a well built path of steps surrounded by trees, streams and often clouds during the monsoons. The water flows all throughout the year yet the place’s true glory is seen during monsoons. The waterfalls are near the famous hill station of Mahabaleshwar. The valley views are filled with thick dense forest which you can see as you climb the stone paved steps. The entry fee is Rs.25 and also a good amount of space for parking. This is the best place to go on a detour if you are traveling in the area.
The above mentioned waterfalls were few of the chosen waterfalls of Maharashtra. The western ghats naturally create waterfalls in monsoons which the locals are blessed with. As you start traveling in the western ghats, you will come across some magnificent waterfalls which disappear after the monsoons. You can watch these new born waterfalls while traveling towards Matheran, Karjat, Bhandhardhara, Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar and Nashik. Majority of the waterfalls can be visited free of cost, straight out of your vehicle. All of the waterfalls mentioned in the above lists charge no entry fees except Lingmala waterfalls.