Yes, it is that time of the year again! The time to leave behind the mundane chores of daily life and get outside to explore nature in its lush green finery. Monsoon has arrived and it is time to start planning that trekking weekend or a leisurely trail weekend with friends or family.
Now that the Rain God has blessed us, there are numerous waterfalls around Pune that you could explore. One of them is the Devkund Waterfall. Devkund means ‘Pond of the Gods’ and it is one of the relatively unexplored places near Pune and Mumbai.
The plunging waterfall of Devkund creates a picture-perfect pond and is not only aesthetically pleasing but also almost a spiritual sight to behold.
Devkund Waterfall - Pune's Pristine Gem for a Refreshing Day Trip
If you are looking for a perfect day trip with your folks or your friends, look no more! Plan a Devkund waterfall trek and soak in the serenity of this place.
The Devkund Waterfall is located around 110 km from Pune and the journey to the base village is around a 5-hour drive. Located near the Bhira Dam in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, this place lies in the Western Ghats.
Situated deep inside the forest, this waterfall boasts of clear blue waters. You need to trek around 6 km to reach this waterfall. Once considered a hidden gem of waterfalls, Devkund Waterfall is now a popular monsoon hangout spot. Due to its recently-found popularity, the roads leading to this place may experience traffic jams on the monsoon weekends.
The Devkund Waterfall is a rare plunge waterfall as it is an amalgamation of three waterfalls and it is said to be the origin of the Kundalika River. The waterfall tumbles down on the rocky surface into a natural pool of beautiful turquoise water. This waterfall flows throughout the year, making it one of the few perennial waterfalls in Maharashtra.
Whether you are looking for a thrilling trekking experience or a casual camping adventure or a laidback picnic, this place is suitable for all types of nature enthusiasts.
The Bhira village is easily accessible from the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. To reach the waterfall, one has to do a moderate-level trekking of four hours. It is also suitable for beginners. The route of the trek is mostly plain but there is around 300 ft of ascend at the end of the trek.
The terrain does get rocky and muddy in certain places. There are many wooden bridges on the way to help you reach your destination. On your way to the waterfall, you will come across a hydroelectric power-generating dam called the Mulshi Dam or the Tata Power Dam. The hydroelectric plant of Bhira was installed in 1927 by the Tata Power Company.
If you start your trek early, you will be blessed by the beautiful sights of the sunrise and can witness its ethereal beauty. The backdrop of the mighty mountains and the dense greenery only make the whole experience surreal to witness.
How To Reach Devkund Waterfall?
Devkund Waterfall is located around 110 km from Pune and around 170 km from Mumbai. You can reach this trekking spot by private car, bus, taxi, or train.
You can reach Karjat by train and proceed to Khopoli by train. From Khopoli, you can take a public bus to Pali and from Pali, another public bus to Bhira. Your trek starts at Bhira.
If you are travelling by car, then you can travel towards the Tamhini Ghat. From there proceed to Patnus and at last towards the Bhira village.
You can also hire a taxi and drive to the Bhira village located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. Then you can proceed to the hike towards the Falls.
There are many local trekking groups which arrange the Devkund Waterfall Trek for groups. You can explore this place via them too.
Things to Carry
- 2 to 3 litres of water
- Comfortable trekking shoes
- Snacks, energy drinks
- A waterproof backpack
- A torch with extra batteries
- Cap or scarf, in case it’s sunny
- Any personal medication
- Identity proof
- Mosquito repellent
- Make sure you wear comfortable clothes suitable for trekking
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the Devkund Waterfall is in the monsoon season, in the months of June, July, August and September. There is lush greenery and the weather is also pleasant during this season.
It is advised that you start the trek very early in the morning so that you can complete it comfortably by the evening before it gets too dark.
Trek Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate. Trekkers don’t need any previous trekking experience to do this trek.
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