Maharashtra is known for its historic fort treks which adds glory to the state’s culture. Due to its primal location in the Western Ghats, the state is blessed with waterfalls, thick jungles and lush green monsoons. The state is covered in velvet green carpet of grass during the monsoons which make the treks even more exciting.
Devkund Waterfalls is a hidden divine falls which is believed to be the bathing pond of Gods due to its cool, serene, blue waters. The falls are secluded and can be accessed through a 5 km trek passing by jungle, streams, open fields. The waterfalls are located in Bhira village in Raigad district. The base village is a little tricky to access through the railway. If you are traveling by a private vehicle, reaching Bhira Village is a piece of cake. The waterfall is in close vicinity to Tamhini Ghat nestled in Sahyadris. This is a standard one day trek for Mumbaikars and Punekars to escape the buzzing city life.
If you are traveling by road, the falls are easily accessible via Mumbai Pune Express Highway. The distance from Mumbai is less than 150 kms and 110 kms from Pune. However, the peeps traveling through the railway need to take note of certain things. The closest railway station is Khopoli on the Central Line. People traveling from Mumbai can embark the train leaving for Khopoli. The earliest morning train would be 4.24 AM from CSMT to Khopoli which takes around 94 minutes to reach. After reaching Khopoli, there are local buses which can drop at Pali and then again catch a connecting bus to Bhira village.
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After reaching the base village, you can have breakfast at the food stalls before the climb. Enroute, you will come across the Mulshi Dam, also known as TATA hydroelectric power plant which is a great place to click pictures. The trek trail is not so difficult and is fairly plain with a scenic view of the green Sahyadri peaks. The waterfalls will reveal as you walk past the last stretch of rocky terrain flowing in solitarily in the abyss. The water splashes from a height of 200 ft creating a whip of cool air and mist. You can almost feel all of the exhaustion fade away once you dip your feet in the cool pond. It is advised to hire a local guide if you are visiting the falls for the first time. For the experienced trekkers who know the area in and out this would be like a stroll in the park. Make sure you start your ascent before 2 pm as per the waterfall timings. Your lunch will be waiting for you at base village Bhira.
There are several campsites in this village in case you want to stay a little bit longer. The Kundalika river is perfect for a swim amidst nature and also engage in adventurous water sports. The attractions to see nearby are: Kundalika river Rafting near Kolad, Ghangad Fort, Andharban Trek, Tamhini Ghat and Raigad Fort.
This one day weekend trek is affordable and is totally worth the money. The packages vary according to the travel points and services opted enroute.
☆ From Mumbai / Pune it is upto 1800- 1600 rs per head.
The price includes transportation charges from Mumbai to Mumbai. Breakfast, Lunch, refreshments. Entry fee, Parking Charges, Guide Charges, FIrst Aid charge
☆ The Base package 800rs per head
The price includes Bhira to Bhira charges, excluding the transportation charges. The package includes guide charges, entry fee, first aid charges, refreshments, Breakfast and Lunch.
Experience the rural life of Maharashtrian village in Bhira village. Also the fascinating cuisine, language and culture of Maharashtra.
Here are some useful phrases in Marathi which will help you connect with the people around :
⇒ Kase Aahat? – How are you?
⇒ (Devkund Waterfall) Kiti laamb aahe? – How far are the Devkund waterfalls?
⇒ Ithe javal jevan kuthe milel? – Where can I get food nearby?
☆ Things you need to carry:
- ID Proof
- Water Bottles
- Hiking shoes
- Fully covered clothing to avoid insect bites or thorns
- Energy drinks
- Mask and Sanitizer
Some of the campsites in the area are; Devkund Adventure Camping and Trek, Devkund Waterfall Campground, Devkund smalltownboy Camping site etc.
Consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited. If you are found daming the environment by littering, there will be strict actions taken against you. Kindly do not create sound pollution by blasting loud music on your speakers which disrupts the peace of the surroundings and other travelers.
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