This August, my weekends have been mostly on trips to explore new beautiful places. It started as short evening visits to the nearby gardens of my area and extended to become day trips to nearby towns. My last post was about one of such trips which you can read here. This weekend we locked the destination as Tamhini Ghat – the land of waterfalls.
In my life, it was the first place where I had seen so many waterfalls all around [that is why I nicknamed it as Land of Waterfalls ;)]. Amidst the beautiful greenery, one could spot waterfalls as far as possible. A mountain passage located in the ‘Sahyadri’ range in Maharashtra, this place is one of the most visited places during monsoon season. Needless to say, it is well known among the visitors not only for its scenic waterfalls but also the lakes and dense woods.
Walking in the Woods
Taking into account the distance between my residence and our destination, we started our journey at 8 in the morning. I would suggest to move out a little early to avoid the traffic on the highway. We quickly reached the Mumbai-Pune highway in spite of starting a little later than planned. Thankfully, the traffic on the road wasn’t too much and the scenery on either side of the road was beautiful enough to keep our moods light.
Beautiful scenery on the way
However, as we crossed the Khalapur toll area, the GPS instructions showed us the exit towards Pen-Khapoli Road which eventually brought us to State Highway 92. I must confess that this road is not in its best state in monsoons but it is less crowded in terms of traffic. The ride till Pali was quite bumpy but the natural beauty on the roads took our breath away.
The wild beauty flourishing in the form of bushes, trees, and grasslands around us, was mesmerizing. On the lowlands, there were lovely green paddy fields and farmers were tending them. The air was fresh and light. On the far end, we could see small hill mounds covered with fresh grass. Cattles were grazing on their gentle slopes. In a few places, there were lone hills having unusual shapes which caught our attention. All in all, the journey was slow but very pleasant.
After crossing Pali we turned on State Highway 93. The road was slightly better and hence we reached the Tamhini Ghat Road in no time. As we drove through the curves of Tamhini Ghat Road, the beautiful scenes of waterfalls welcomed us. Waterfalls can be found within a few meters. As if this beauty is not enough for your eyes, there are various view-points near the road where one can stop their vehicle and look out to their heart’s content.
The Ghat region on either side, around this mountain pass, could be seen with thin strips of waterfalls cascading over their green slopes. The clouds lifting above the hills and then covering them after a while gave a feel of fairyland. Walking among the woods, crossing the small streams which came on our way, picking up the pebbles around and then running to seek shelter among the trees when the rains poured down in short intervals; made this trip so enjoyable.
After an hour-long walk visiting the waterfalls situated near the road, we were totally famished. Around the entrance areas of these waterfalls. there were few snack counters set up by the nearby villagers. As expected, the hot snacks provided by them along with tea and hot spicy noodles were amazing and comforting in that weather. We ate to our hearts’ content. Time flew as we explored and clicked pictures for our memories.
Finally, it was time to return back. Tamhini Ghat is around a three-hour drive from Mumbai, so we wanted to reach back before it gets too late. We were back home safely by late evening loaded with memories of a day well spent amidst nature.
How about you all? Have you visited any waterfall near your place? Do post a picture or tell me about it in the comment section below. Would love to know about them… Maybe that is the next destination I lock into 🙂
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