I enjoy lush green and paddy carpets lying over roadsides and mountains of Sahyadri’s ….
Monsoon turning the weather mystic …moist … fresh … The Sahyadri mountain ranges holds numerous waterfalls this time …
The water carries white diamonds … running through lush green background .. roaring … falling in necklace formations over mountains ..
And if you wish to relax on weekends … Wish to get into greenery and waterfalls in simply couple of hours … here is little known waterfalls near Pune …
Now a days reaching Lonavala and getting places around from Pune is very difficult due to frequent traffic jams, also even if you reach there, you will face plenty of people crowding and spoiling nature.
So here I have found place which is little known to public, serene … quiet ..pleasant misty atmosphere … its called as Khandi Waterfalls or Wadeshwar waterfalls …
You will find numerous waterfalls on the road from Wadeshwar to Khandi, I recommend to continue round trip beyond Khandi and circle around the backwaters of Thokarwadi dam, come back to village Takve and there to Kanhe Phata.
The road is narrow .. but no potholes making the driving pleasant …
Of-course you cannot go closer to any of these waterfalls easily and the dam waters too are quite away from the main road. All you can do here is enjoy the ride !! However if you are ready and equipped to be off road through rice fields .. then go ahead .. you can reach the waterfalls and enjoy natural water bath ..
My Tips only for you
Since there is no commercialization developed around this area … You can carry your cooking items .. Put gas burner on roadside and enjoy cooking on your own. (In today’s trip I saw 2~3 groups cooking and enjoying around rice fields .. in front of waterfalls)
Even you can relax besides backwaters of Thokarwadi dam and cook food there.
How to reach
Khandi waterfalls distance is ~78 km from Pune.
To reach Khandi you have to take old pune-mumbai road & take a right turn from Kanhe phata, the Takve – Wadeshwar Road after crossing the railway gate will take you towards Khandi Waterfalls.
I suggest round trip encircling the Thokarwadi dam as seen in below google map –