Want to spend some time in serenity and nature’s lap away from the cities busy life? Then pack your bags and plan a getaway to these waterfalls. The Devkund waterfall is one of nature’s hidden gems in the dense forest of Mangaon. This place is a great stress buster and a little less affected by commercialization. It is located near the village of Bhira close to Tamhini Ghat in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. The word Devkund, “Dev” meaning gods, and “Kund” meaning a small natural lake where water that has fallen as rain and thus it is also called as “bathing pond of gods”. It is a ‘plunge’ waterfall pouring massive amounts of water on the rocky surface underneath. It is perfect for backpackers and families wanting a vacation altogether. The Kundalika River originates at defunding. Even though there isn’t much history associated with the falls, the locals here believe that once upon a time utensils used to from the pond whenever there was a special auspicious ceremony happening in the village nearby. You can do river rafting at Kundalika River as a fun activity there too.
The place has its charm with the water dropping from a height of over 80 ft. straight into a pond of approximately 30 mt. diameter and altitude of waterfalls is about 2700 ft. The waterfall is a must-visit in India and is great for the ones planning a small trip. It is a one-day Trek and would roughly take about 3-5 hours to complete. The trek route is a Jungle trail and is about 3 km. If you are a beginner at trekking, this is a good place to visit. You can also check out the urban Jungle trek which also begins from the Bhira village.
How To Reach Devkund Waterfall?
Regarding distance, it is about 110 km away from Pune, 170 km from Mumbai, and just 50 km from Lonavala.
The way to reach is either Airways, Railways or you can plan a road trip. The nearest airport is Pune airport and for the ones taking an International flight Mumbai Airport is the closest. The nearest railway junctions are Konkan Railway, which is 30 km away or you can opt for Lonavala railway station on Central Railway which is 82 km away. If you want to reach via Roadways then you have to first to reach Karjat went to Pali and from there to Bhira village.
The best months to visit are October to mid-November to click better pictures and have an amazing experience at the falls. It is just after the monsoon and has pleasant weather at the time. It is closed from July to September for tourist when the rain is at peak. The trek is easy in difficulty and very picturesque. The mountains are filled with numerous tiny waterfalls which only adds to the experience in the monsoon season. The trek can be dangerous in the rainy season because of the water levels rising but with the proper equipment and experienced guide, you should be safe. If possible, call the locals at the falls and check if it is open for visitors or not when planning.
- Carry 2 liters of water as there won’t be any water sources available for drinking purposes.
- Pack a mosquito repellent with you.
- Waterproof backpack.
- Bedsheet or mat to take rest during the trek.
- Sunscreen lotion.
- Umbrella or raincoat in case of unexpected rain.
- Scarf or hat to avoid the sun.
- Energy drinks or bars.
- Extra pair of clothes to change if you get wet.
- Make sure you have a torch.
- Pack a good pair of running shoes.
- Wear a jacket in case you are visiting in the months of monsoon.
- Swimming is not allowed at the falls.
- Camping near a waterfall isn’t allowed as it is risky.
- If you are in a group, always stick together as the path can get confusing at times.
- Do not try to venture into the forest area.
- Try not to carry any edibles to the sanctuary or near the waterfalls to avoid littering or unwanted curiosity from the animals there.
- The parking fee is rupees 30 for two-wheelers and rupees 50 for four-wheelers.
- Entry at the check post by Bhira Gram Panchayat charges rupees 10 per person and you will get the kacchi receipt.
- You can get a guide for just rupees 50 to 200. You can ask for the same at the entry counter.
You can always book a trekking trip using the help of packages available or join Ghoomly.com Team. We will provide you with an itinerary and usually charge from around INR 750- INR 1500 Rs for the trip. This is a great way to visit for solo travelers especially.
Places to visit nearby are:
- Tamhini Ghat (45.6km)
- Raigad Fort (51.2km)
- Changed fort(53.2km)
- Amby valley(68.8km)
- Murud-Janjira Fort (80.7km)
- Panshet (108.2km)
- Lavasa (114.9km)
The changed fort is based in Ekole village and acts as the starting point for another trek. The trek is safe and easy there enclosed by the dense forests. Although, there is not much to explore here the backpackers can go for a trip there alongside Devkund waterfall. The fort is 300 years old and has two entrances, you have to climb an iron ladder to get near the fort. This is a place for the adventure junkies out there.
You can either stay at Bhira village resorts or camp near Bhira Reservoir Dam. Bhira Reservoir dam is a huge man-made Lake that is formed by the waters of the Kundalika River. The dam is also known as the “Tata Power Dam”. It has several campsites and is most famous for them. Camping under the perfect moonlight and stars will be the experience of lifetime. You can join in on the fun activities arranged for the tourists there.
For lodging options at Devkund waterfall, there are places in base village Bhira itself and you can check out your options before locking down the place you want to stay in.
Some of them are:
Nisarga Agro Resort
It is 17.6 km from the waterfalls and is one of the nearest resorts. It charges about rupees 2000 for a one-night stay.
Vinca village at Rockhill adventures
It is located 21.3km from the village. It is highly regarded for its hospitality, has lots of fun activities for every age group. They also have arrangements and events that will bring you closer to nature and its scenic beauty. It costs about rupees 6000 for two people per night.
The Waterfront Kolad
Located 21.7kms away and is a pet-friendly place to stay at. It has amenities like air-conditioned rooms with a kitchen, breakfast, a buffet dinner, and a laundry service. It costs about 4000 rupees per night. The cottage is right in front of a lake and you can book a room with a view there to feel closer to nature.
Saffron stays fragrant sun by the lake
Located 44.5kms away, overlooking a lake is the fragrant sun. Has air-conditioned rooms, restaurant, bar, buffet, dinner, room service, breakfast free, and breakfast buffet. It even has a pool, spa, game room, and car rental on site. It is a good accommodation for large groups costing about 24000 per night.
Devkund waterfall has it all from luxurious and comfortable stay to breath-taking sights involving falls, valleys, and mountains. A place to relax and spend time with loved ones. It is for people of all sorts from college students, busy employees wanting time off or families wanting to have a great vacation and fun with kids. With this information and proper planning, you can have an incredible trip filled with fun and amazing views throughout.
- Why should I choose Devkund Waterfall?
It is the most Beautiful Waterfall in Maharashtra where you can enjoy the natural pool below the waterfalls, visit the Tamhini Ghat, experience the water pool under the Devkund Waterfall with crystal clear bluish-green water and it is located near another trek named Andharban.
- How long are the usual trip or trekking packages for Devkund Waterfall?
Usual packages are one-day trips to and from Devkund Waterfall.
- The price range for packages in case of online booking?
It ranges from around 750 (without transportation) to 1500 (with transportation).
- Things to keep in mind while planning for the trek?
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for trekking and hire a local guide as the trek can be confusing and involves a trail through the dense forest and backwaters of a dam.