Kataldhara revisited on Sunday 23/08/2010
Ullas vally near Lonavala
Basic information on Kataldhar Lonavla trek
Located in Ulhas valley at Lonavala, on the way to Rajmachi, this is
beautiful waterfall with nice swimming pond 🙂 (be careful if the water
flow is more due to heavy rains)
Medium to hard level, the last patch is difficult and needs rope to reach to the bottom of waterfall
Experienced trekker is needed as guide since many trekkers lost their way in this valley.
What to see !
Heavenly waterfall 🙂 and enjoy swimming (be careful !)
Place to stay/take food
before descending down to the waterfall there is cave where you can keep
your sacks or other option is under the waterfall there is a huge cave
(see photographs below) where you can stay or take your food (staying in
rainy season is not recommended)
How to reach
Distance from Lonavala ~7 Kilometers, ahead of Kune Gaon & on the way to Rajmachi
Identification to get down to vally; see photo at end of post, two mango trees are the only mark available, u must get down from that location, there is no other way.
mobile range available – BSNL, IDEA, Vodaphone mobile range is available in this Vally, so better to have one of this sim card with u s as 2 use in case of emergency
1) this is semi-hard trek, u must have proper trekking gears for this trek
2) Odomas or any other mosquito repellent is necessary
3) Full sleeves shirt & proper full pant is must
4) at the last patch where u get down to the water fall, rope is required due to difficult rock patch
5) Markings on the way by keeping three stones one above another is done by FONA team, carefully follow them, due to density of forest there r chances to loose track easily
6) do not take undue risks in the waterfall, the water falling down gets doubled in minutes as per the rain fall rate .. so risky
Here is the refreshing snap shot of Kataldhara … the one of the remaining untamed nature of Maharashtra … clean … fresh .. untouched from PLASTIC BOTTLES & GARBAGE !!!!
FONA (Friends Of Nature Assosiation – Talegaon)
& so i always like this spot & pray to god to keep this place as beautiful & untouched from the …
Inside the caves … were we took our luxurious LUNCH … it was not so shivering 🙂 … after POWERFULLLLL Chilled water Bath … we were hardly able to have our lunch without shivering !!! u can hear roar of water falling over the cave … when u enter inside the cave .. a AUTO-BATH features at the cave entrance is always in enabled mode !!! the mist inside the cave … the water roar …. nothing to express in words but u must take a feel of it … no words !! that’s the beauty of nature indeed 🙂
a collage of beauties u see on the way … crabs, snails, Karvi (flower that blooms after every 7 years – i was fortunate to see the same in my trek to Kalavantin Durg 🙂 beautiful flowers & butterflies .. so much to see … & on the way you have so many streams …
Entry point to the KatalDhara is this point on the way to Rajmachi .. where twin Mango trees are there .. this is the only point u must remember .. else there are 99% chances that u will not be able to get to this place .. this is very very tricky place since many trekkers has lost in the valley of Kataldhara ..so make sure that u get the right directions ….
so what r u waiting 4 ? feel free to ask me any more questions since this is one of the recent exploration done by FONA team … definitely u would like to enjoy the same …
you may also like to view my previous post for Kataldhara (Ullhas Vally)
Recommended reference reading –
One day trek in Sahaydri mountain ranges – Do’s and Don’t, Things to carry list