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Waterfalls

Maharashtra is home to some of the most popular waterfalls in the state like Thoseghar, Dudhsagar, Lingmala, Dhobi and Chinaman.  Dudh means milk and sagar means sea. The waterfall has got its name as Dudhsagar because the water is as white as milk. It is located in Nashik and the length of the waterfall is as tall as 10m. This is one of the most important tourist attractions of Nashik.

Thoseghar waterfall, in Satara, is one where Nature God is at its extravagant best. It is situated in a place surrounded by greenery all around. The time of monsoons, that is the months between July and November are the times when Thoseghar waterfalls looks best.  A green forest and a placid lake are the highlights of these waterfalls. Though there are few minor waterfalls in and around Thoseghar, the tallest waterfall is of 500m. Satara is situated at a reasonable distance from Pune, at about 115km.

The scenic hill station in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is home to three of the main waterfalls of Maharashtra; Lingmala, Dhobi and Chinaman. The monsoon and winter seasons between July and December are the times when the season is wonderfully pleasant. Another tourist attraction, Venna Lake is in close proximity to these waterfalls. Dhobi Waterfalls are the ones that form as the connector between Petit Road and Old Mahabaleshwar.

The Chinaman waterfalls were named thus, because originally, the fields near these falls were used for cultivation purposes by the Chinese prisoners. These falls are accessible through the Tiger Path Road or Babington Point. This hill station is situated at a distance of 120km from Pune.

Waterfalls in Maharashtra

Amboli Falls

The Amboli Falls, which is in the Sindhudurg district is one of the most important waterfalls in the state of Maharashtra. The very fact that it is sandwiched between the picturesque Konkan Coast and the scenic Western Ghats is enough proof of the fact that this waterfalls is one of the most ecologically safe and remarkable waterfalls in the country. Sindhudurg is situated in the extreme south of Maharashtra and can be enjoyed the best while visited during the monsoon and winter seasons of July to December. The highest waterfall here is around 400 feet and is one of the major tourist attractions of the district. This district is highly famous, as it houses the Amboli hill station and waterfalls.  The waterfall is just about a km away from Amboli hill station.

This district is also famous for its other waterfalls, like Nagartas fall (320 feet tall) and Savdav waterfalls which are in close proximity to the town of Kankavli. Napne Falls (250 feet tall) and Vyagreshwar falls (300 feet tall) are some of the major falls in this area. These waterfalls are in close proximity to the towns of Vaibhavwadi, Tarale and Kudal town. The Chinchgarh falls are another famous falls in this area.

Chinaman’s Falls

In the silent hill station of Mahabaleshwar one can find the Chinaman waterfalls within the confines of the scenic Western Ghats, just about 3km from the remote valley of Koyna.  The waterfall is located on the Carviali Road and the Tiger Path Road is the best way to access this waterfalls. Some tourists also access the waterfalls through the Babington Point. Satara district, in which, the Chinaman waterfalls is situated, is about 120km from Pune and well-connected with the city with excellent road and rail network. There is a dense forest that leads up to the main waterfalls and it is embedded in scenic beauty which makes it a paradise for walkers.

Lingmala Falls

This is yet another major waterfall in the scenic hill station of Mahabaleshwar. This is also the most popular and most visited waterfalls here. The main source of these waterfalls is the Venna valley, from where the water falls down up to a height of 600 feet. It is located very close to the main hill station of Mahabaleshwar at just about 6km distance between them. These scenic waterfalls are a visual delight as one can spot rainbows here most of the times. The beautiful valley and lake of Venna, the easy accessibility from the main hill station and the abundance of nature at this particular spot, makes this the most pictured place in the hill station of Mahabaleshwar.

Kune Falls

These waterfalls are located on the old Pune-Mumbai highway and are situated right in the centre of the twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala, two of the most famous and most visited hill stations of Maharashtra. The height of these waterfalls is a whopping 659 feet. While travelling on the old highway, as tourists come out of the last tunnel, can see this Kune falls, that contains water as white as milk flowing down at a gushing speed. These waterfalls are best visited during and after the monsoon period.

Thoseghar Waterfalls

These waterfalls are situated in the Satara district. The waterfalls are situated in the midst of lots of greenery. The mountains around which these waterfalls are situated are filled with lots of natural scenery all around. These waterfalls are considered to be one of the most adventurous, most thrilling and yet one of the most dangerous falls. As in the case of most waterfalls in Maharashtra, the winter and monsoon season (months between July and December) are the best time to visit this place. Another tourist attraction nearby is the Chalkevadi valley which has the beautiful windmill farms.

Thoseghar waterfalls fall at a height of 1150 feet. Tourists who want to absorb in the full beauty of the waterfalls must have a view of the waterfalls from Chalkevadi. This is situated strategically at just about 20km from Satara on the Pune – Bangalore highway. These waterfalls are quite near from the Satara railway station. Lots of tourists also find it easy to reach the waterfalls from Pune, as it is about 120km from the main city.

Chinchoti Waterfalls

Situated in the Thane district, these waterfalls are of 120 feet of height. The noise of the gushing water can be heard at quite a distance from these waterfalls. The nearest railway station to reach these waterfalls is Vasai and the bus stop from where these waterfalls are in close proximity is Kaman Phata. This is a place that must be visited only if tourists are clear about the route or under proper guidance because the trekking routes along these falls can be pretty dangerous. This trek path is hidden inside the dense forests of Thungareshwar. These waterfalls are located in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, in the village of Kaman. Tourists are simply in awe of these waterfalls as they have to cross over a couple of streams to get to the main place.

Dabhosa Waterfalls

These famous waterfalls are popular because of their excellent night stops in the form of camp sites. These sites are places where tourists stay during the night to enjoy the sunset and the ambience of the waterfalls during the night. This is located in Thane, in the Dabhosa village, on the Jawhar- Silvassa Road. It is about 300 feet tall and it is just about 18km from Jawhar. More than the actual waterfalls, tourists have a whale of time participating in night treks in the dense forests and in adventure sports activities like kayaking, rappelling, trekking, fishing, boating, laddering and valley crossing . Tourists find these night spots as perfect places for unwinding after their mechanical pace of life. One can find these waterfalls at about 180km and 80km from Mumbai and Nashik respectively.

Dudhsagar Falls

Dudh means milk and sagar means sea. Therefore these waterfalls can be literally translated as the “milk sea”. The water is as white as milk here and is located on the eastern border of the state of Maharashtra touching upon Goa and Karnataka as well. The height of the waterfalls is about 1020 feet. However for all geographical reasons, these waterfalls are believed to exist in the state of Goa on the scenic Mandovi River. Most of the tourists who visit these falls are from Maharashtra and other neighbouring states.  A tropical, dense forest serves as the apt location for these waterfalls and it is about 60km from the main city of Margoa and just 10km from the railway station of Kulem. The path that leads to the top of the falls is really dangerous and should be chosen only by professional trekkers. Just in close proximity to the falls is the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, the country’s largest sanctuary.

Dhobi Falls

One can view the Dhobi falls in the picturesque hill station of Mahabaleshwar. The height of these waterfalls is about 450 feet and it flows into the river of Koyna. The Eliphinstone point is the place that tourists must visit, in order to drink in the full beauty of the Dhobi falls. This is very near from the connecting point between Petit Road and Old Mahabaleshwar road, as it is only 3km away from this point. The months between July and December are the most apt for visiting this place.

 

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