Maharashtra is known for its historic forts, white waterfalls and scenic summit views from Sahyadris. The state is a harmonious combination of plateaus, ghats, mountain passes and rivers. Towards the west, lies the evergreen Western Ghats and Sahyadri ranges. Being quite close to metro cities like Pune and Mumbai, Devkund Waterfall trek is a weekend escape for city dwellers.
How To Get There
Devkund Waterfalls are located in Bhira Village, Raigad District. The closest railway station stands to be Khopoli (Central Line).
- Either take a train from Pune to Khopoli and then take a bus to Base village of Bhira via Pali
- If you are traveling from Mumbai, embark on the train to Khopoli from CSMT Central Line. Either catch a bus to Bhira via Pali or take a shared auto from Pali to Bhira.
- By road, Devkund is 170 kms from Mumbai and 110 kms from Pune. It would be better if you bring your own vehicle here.
The trail stretches from 5-6 kms one way from the base village to waterfalls. The climb takes upto 2-4 hours as the trail is easy to hike. Enroute you can witness the Mulshi Dam, a hydroelectric power plant installed by TATA company. The trail is covered with rocky paths, jungle patches, Tamini Ghat, open fields and cool rivers. You get to encounter the sheer beauty of this hidden waterfall during monsoon. The solitary waterfalls flows all throughout the year from 200 ft above the ground. The water in streams flowing below the waterfalls is fresh and cool, offering the perfect pond to dip your legs after a day of trekking. Make sure you start your trek early in the morning so that you reach by before 2 pm and start back tracking towards the nearby camps.
There are several camping sites near Devkund Waterfall so it is safe to extend your trip if you are left wanting for more. Since the waterfalls close after 2 pm, it is recommended to hire a local guide who knows the place in and out and will guide you through the right track avoiding getting lost.
Once you ascend to the nearby camping area, the tents are set up right beside the Kundalika river. The local food restaurants offer you with delicious warm lunch and chai after your trek. You can opt to go for a swim in the nearby lake or engage in watersports like boating, kayaking, coracle.
When you break it down, Devkund translates to Dev (God’s) Kund (Pond). The aqua blue color of the pond below and white waters splashing down create a magical realm to be in. The falls are hidden amidst a rocky mountain that gives you an impression of finding a paradise or a treasure in Sahyadris. Bring an extra pair of clothes in case you are planning to dip in this pristine looking pond.
There is another waterfall in the vicinity called Mansoon Tiger Waterfall. Not so far away from Kolad river rafting spot. The monsoons in Maharashtra bring out the best scenic views, gushing waterfalls and lush green terrain with interrupting clouds. Though the trails often get muddy, it is okay to get yourself dirty once in a while!
Authentic Maharashtrian dishes one should try:
Poha, Upma, Misal Pav and Chai is the standard breakfast food of Maharashtrians. The state is also famous for its seafood, rice and its sweet dish shira.
☆ Places to Visit Nearby Devkund, Raigad District
Lonavala – it is a famous hill station in Maharashtra famous for lakes, cool weather and chikkis. It is approximately 80 km from Bhira village.
Lavasa – a newly formed private city near Pune. The city is inspired by the Italian city of Portofino and is located by the Mutha river. The city is famous for its vast lakes and surreal scenic beauty. It is 114 kms from Bhira village and 57 kms from Pune.
Raigad Fort – The Raigad fort holds a historical significance as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj took
His last breath here. The fort is built on a mountain which can be accessed by 1700+ steps installed by the ancient engineers. There is also a facility of ropeway for people who are not fit for climbing these steps.
❔ Did you know❔
Situated at a height of 820 m, the Raigad fort was so inaccessible that Europeans called it Gibraltar of the East.
Most of the forts in Maharashtra are built in the Western Ghats and every single one of them holds a significant value in the minds of locals. Kindly respect the forts, temples and the history of the place by obeying the rules.
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