There is something vaguely magical about the Monsoons in Mumbai and Pune. Vaguely because on one side, it draws a lot of traffic and waterlogging, but on the other, it brings to life the year-long hidden beauty of countless streams and waterfalls. The weekend is the perfect time to break away from the city bustle and enjoy the beauty of the monsoons.
Mumbai & Pune lie in proximity to endless hill stations and although they seem lifeless and dry in the summer, they come to full bloom in the monsoons. What makes these hill stations all the more beautiful are their numerous waterfalls that flow gracefully to form a mesmerizing visual treat.
We are compiling a list of waterfalls that all the Mumbaikars & Punekars can drive in the monsoons. These drives are only a couple of hours away from both the cities and hence form the perfect weekend getaway that you were looking for. From trekking through the monsoon forest to going for a dip in the water pool, this list covers the right thrills.
Drive down to these 10 beautiful waterfalls near Mumbai & Pune and experience the best of monsoons.
WATERFALLS NEAR MUMBAI
1. RANDHA WATERFALLS (NEAR BHANDARDARA)
The prime source of hydro-power for Bhandardara and the third highest waterfall in Maharashtra, Randha waterfall is a must-visit during the monsoons. The water from the Paravara river cascades down in full force and creates a small pool below. If you’re up for a little more thrill, you can dip into the pond and later enjoy the hot snacks served in nearby stalls.
Distance - 165 km From Mumbai via NH1
2. UMBRELLA WATERFALLS (NEAR BHANDARDARA)
The gates open and the umbrella comes out. Located in Bhandardara, watch this absolute jewel of a waterfall when the gates of the Wilson Dam opens and the rocks placed below the dam give it a shape of an umbrella. The footbridge located below will get you closer to the dam and the falls. The greenery coupled with rains makes it one of the best weekend getaways with your friends.
Distance - 161km From Mumbai via NH160
3. DUGARWADI WATERFALLS (NEAR NASHIK)
Located 30kms from Nashik, the road to the waterfall is as beautiful as the sight itself. Walk through the lush green forest and reach the hilltop where you will also find a few tea stalls. Sipping your chai with the amazing view of the falls will surely make your visit worth it. You can also go down to the base of the waterfall to get wet from the gushing water.
Distance - 178km From Mumbai via NH160
4. DEVKUND WATERFALL (NEAR MANGAON)
Devkund Waterfall looks something out of a travel magazine. Similar to Kataldhar Waterfall (that you’re going to read about in a minute), reaching this waterfall requires a bit of physical effort. People who love to trek will find this destination perfect. Winding dense forests, river running by, way to Devkund portrays nature at its best. Prepare yourself with the perfect gear as the trek could be a bit challenging and slippery. Near the Bhira Dam, the forest comes to a clearing and you can see the 80 ft long waterfall gushing into a nature-made pool, with water clear as crystal. Release the tiredness by taking a swim in the pool.
Distance - 124km from Mumbai via Bengaluru - Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai - Pandharpur Rd/Mumbai - Pune Hwy
5. ZENITH WATERFALL (NEAR KHOPOLI)
One of the closest waterfalls from Mumbai. Reach the Zenith Industrial Complex and start walking towards the waterfall. This seasonal waterfall is only flowing in the monsoons. Zenith falls from a height of approx 25 ft and drops into a rocky pool that has been naturally created. Although this is a weekend visit, we suggest you try and visit this place on weekdays because the weekends can get a little crowded. After getting drenched from the cascading water, try some of the snacks and tea sold in the nearby stalls to make it a perfect outing.
Distance - 74km from Mumbai via Bengaluru - Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai - Pandharpur Rd/Mumbai - Pune Hwy
WATERFALLS NEAR PUNE
1. LINGMALA WATERFALLS (NEAR MAHABALESHWAR)
You cannot miss out on visiting the e Lingmala waterfalls when taking a trip to Mahabaleshwar. Falling from a height of 500 ft, this waterfall is formed by the Venna river. For just an amount of 10 Rs charged by the Forest Department, it is the perfect escape for people looking for some peace and quiet as this waterfall is not usually crowded by visitors like many others.
Distance - 113km From Pune via NH48
2. THOSEGHAR WATERFALL (NEAR SATARA)
Get ready for some hiking in the rain to get to this spectacular view. Thoseghar Waterfalls is a major attraction in the Satara area. Falling from a height of 500 m, the best time to visit this place is during the monsoons. There is a viewing gallery constructed for the better sighting of the falls. Perfect for a day picnic with your gang. Everything from lush green hills to water cascading down, this place is a paradise for nature lovers.
Distance - 133km From Pune via NH48
3. VAJRAI WATERFALLS (BHAMBAVLI)
Also located in the Satara district, Vajrai Waterfalls is the highest perennial waterfall in India. During monsoon, it flows with its full capacity and makes it the perfect weekend destination. A little safety tip, wear full-length clothes to avoid interaction with the insects and leeches and watch out for the snakes found in this area. Bhambavli flower valley and the Kas flower valley is located closer from here and could be visited along with the Vajrai Waterfalls.
Distance - 138km From Pune via NH48
4. THOKARWADI WATERFALL (NEAR MAHABALESHWAR)
Also known as Khandi Point, this waterfall is situated on private property. With just an amount of INR 100, you can experience a perfectly renovated waterfall. The cascades have been made into steps and a pool has been dug, which is not too deep so one can go for a dip or swim. The drive to this waterfall is equally amazing. You could see numerous waterfalls on your way up here. Punekars take note, a trip to Thokarwadi will give you numerous fun memories. So don’t miss out.
Distance - 64.3km from Pune via NH48
5. KATALDHAR WATERFALL (NEAR RAJMACHI)
Falls on the way to the Rajmachi Fort, Kataldhar Waterfall is probably one of the best and the most difficult waterfall to reach. Many trekking organizations have marked the way to the fall once you start your trek. However, it is always advisable to keep an expert with you. Winding paths and hurdles through the trek might make it a little arduous, but the endpoint is absolutely worth the effort. If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot the caves behind the waterfall. Take a swim, get drenched and mostly take it all in.
Distance - 71.6km from Pune via Bengaluru - Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai - Pandharpur Rd/Mumbai - Pune Hwy
We hope our compilation brings to you some memorable monsoon experiences. Hit us up if you need more information on any of these destinations. Also, write to us about your experiences about the same.
If any of you adventurous souls want to suggest other hidden waterfalls that are not on this list or are yet to be discovered, then do let us know in the comment section below. We’d be happy to explore with you :)
- DEBOPRIYA BASU