Do you want to explore the tranquility that is far away from the bustle of the city? Let’s go upon one of Maharashtra’s most adored day-long hikes. It’s the Devkund Waterfall trek. It is situated in Bhira village, close to Kolad, located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra.
The waterfall is located in the Western ghats of Maharashtra near Tamhini Ghat; it is famous for its beautiful landscape in Sahyadri mountain. Lush valleys, thick forests, and beautiful waterfalls, riverbeds, and lakes are treasures of this place.
Devkund is the origin of the Kundlika river and, it is a confluence of three waterfalls. Devkund is also called the “Bathing Pond of Gods”. This mystical waterfall also has a mythological significance and is revered as sacred by the locals who live there. A few of the stunning trekking routes like Tamhini Ghats, Andharban, and many more fall in this region.
There are only a handful of permanent waterfalls that are perennial in Maharashtra. Devkund Waterfall is one of them. The forest surrounding the waterfall is beautifully green. It is full of a wide variety of birds and animals. The energy of the monsoon is in the air. The Devkund trek will take you along undiscovered ways, traversing slippery rocks. It includes moderate to easy challenges along the route. When you arrive at Devkund waterfall, you will be stunned by its beauty and filled with happiness.
The hike begins from Bhira Patnus village. Devkund Waterfall trek distance is around 5-6 Kms. The journey to Bhira towards the falls of Devkund is approximately two hours. Once you arrive at the waterfalls, you will be able to witness the wonder of the waterfalls. It is running down from an altitude of up to 80 meters on the rocky surface, creating a natural pool of around 30 inches in diameter. The entire atmosphere is beautiful and relaxing.
|2700 feet.||A Day||It is moderately strenuous, takes approximately 4 hours, and is easy in difficulty degree. The trail is flat throughout the sections, but there is a moderate climb of 300 feet at the end of the trek. The terrain is rough and muddy in many locations. It is crossed by 3-4 streams, The trek is medium level with a smooth flat walk for about 70% of the hike. The remaining 30 percent climbs up is through thick forest and boulders. The final thirty percent route is uphill.|
Devkund Falls Trek is approximately 170km away from Mumbai. The drive to the village at the base is approximately 7 hours from Mumbai. It is easily accessible through the Mumbai Pune Expressway.
Reach Khopoli via train Khopoli to Pali ( shuttle bus ) then Pali to Bhira (public bus )
|2 hours||Every 10 minutes|
If you are traveling by personal vehicle, then travel from Mumbai to Karjat, then to Khopoli, from there to Pali, then destination Bhira (Tata hydropower plant)
Devkund Falls Trek is approximately 110 kilometers from Pune. It takes five hours to reach the base village from Pune.
The distance to the road for the Devkund waterfall trek From Pune is 71.4 km. You can easily reach the beautiful trekking spot by taxi, car bus, train, or bus.
Reach Karjat via train, Karjat to Khopoli (train). Then Khopoli to Pali ( the public bus ), then Pali to Bhira (public bus )
|1 hour 14 minutes||Every 60 minutes|
From Paud to Devkund waterfall taxi.
If you are traveling by personal vehicle, then travel from Swargate to Katraj, then to Taminighat. From there to Patnus, at last Bhira (Tata the hydropower plant)
It is easy to reach the beautiful Devkund waterfall from cities nearby, such as Mumbai, Pune.
You can hire a taxi, bus, or drive to Bhira village located in Raigad district and hike towards the falls.
The ideal time to go to the Devkund waterfall trek is in the monsoon months. Nature is at its finest and is in bloom like never before. The months between June and August are ideal for those who want to experience the most beautiful natural beauty as well as post-monsoon until January.
Early morning is the best time to start the Devkund trek. You will experience the thrilling adventure of walking up to the waterfall.
It’s a plunge waterfall that drains massive amounts of water onto the rocky surface below. It is a favorite spot for picnics that last a day.
There are some essential things to be aware of before preparing for this moment:
- 2/3 liters of bottled water
- Comfortable trekking Shoes
- Good Torch with an extra battery
- Sheets for bed or mat for taking some time off
- Bars or energy drinks
- A raincoat or umbrella is ideal to cover rain at any time.
- Waterproof backpack
- Sunscreen lotion
- Hat or scarf to keep out the sun
- Personal Medication if any
- Identity Proof
- Comfortable clothes and an extra set of clothing to change, if you are wet.
- Mosquito repellent cream
Swimming is permitted, up to the very beginning of the bisection. Every year, a lot of people drown in picnics near the waterfalls in Maharashtra. The past has seen many tourists have drowned at Devkund waterfall. The majority of incidents occurred because people broke the rules laid out by locals to avoid incidents. So non-swimmers should not go into the waterfall.
Use a local guide since the hike isn’t easy and requires trails through dense forests and backwaters from dams.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner is available at the base village, while you can have tea, lemon juice, or some chips like snacks at the small huts on the way.
Villagers operate a couple of small Dhabas on the trail. They serve Maggi, Nimbu Paani, and Poha. These Dhabas operate during the rainy season, and on weekends. Then also, take enough water and food to make it through the trek, as Dhabas in small sizes usually run out of food due to the massive crowds during the weekend.
Relax your feet in the cool water and indulge in the benefits of nature that are sure to bring you back to your best. When the sun shines down on the stunning blue waters, you’ll realize you’ve found paradise. Get ready for some amazing Insta-worthy snaps as the area appears so clean It’s like a scene out of a fairy tale. Do check out Devkund Waterfall Camping if you want to stay near the waterfall for a night.