Immerse yourself in the beauty of the refreshing waterfalls of Panchgani in the heart of Sahyadri Mountain Range. Read this blog post to know more.
Fed by the incessant rain of the famous Maharashtrian monsoon, the waterfalls on the Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar belt are some of the location’s top attractions. Tearing through massive edifices of the majestic Sahyadri, the waterfalls here draw thousands of tourists every year with their striking beauty.
On top of being an extremely Instagram-worthy location, the ambiance surrounding these waterfalls exudes a certain calmness and serenity that relaxes the mind and soothes the soul. Each of these spots is ideal for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, young couples on honeymoon, friends on a weekend getaway, backpacking solo travelers, and in general, anyone seeking a slice of tranquillity amid the noise of urban life.
Some of these waterfalls are located closer to Sterling Panchgani, while the rest are situated at a distance. Regardless, we will help you plan a comprehensive itinerary that covers all the notable waterfalls in Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar regions.
Here are the top waterfalls that are worth exploring:
1. Lingmala Waterfall
Located only 6.6 km from Sterling Panchgani, Lingmala Waterfalls formed by the River Venna is a top attraction on the road to Mahabaleshwar. Tucked in between the rising edifices of Sahyadri, Lingmala drops from a height of 500 feet, painting a magnificent picture.
The main water stream can only be seen from a viewpoint, but the mini waterfalls branching out from Lingmala can be visited up close. An exciting hike will take you to the spot from where you can get a panoramic vista of the Lingmala Waterfall, its cloudy mist billowing outward into the green valley. The smaller streams, which are accessible, create lovely plunge pools beneath where bathing and swimming are safe.
Entry to the waterfall costs INR 10 per person, excluding the parking charges. If you wish to take a bath in the plunge pools, carry a towel and fresh pair of clothes.
2. Chinaman Falls
Lying south of the Koyna Valley, close to the famous Table Land plateau, Chinaman Falls is a hidden gem with a two-tiered drop set against the greenery of Sahyadri. Located only 2.5 km from Mahabaleshwar bus stand, this standout location simply cannot be missed.
Chinaman Falls gets its name from the nearby crop fields, which were once looked after by Chinese dwellers. Now, it is an idyllic spot for cheerful picnics with friends and family or to spend some time by yourself, meditating and introspecting, if you happen to be a solo traveler.
3. Dhobi Waterfall
Dhobi is yet another mighty waterfall that creates a fascinating drop through the lush vegetation of Sahyadri. Located facing the famous Elphinstone Point, only 2 km from Mahabaleshwar bus stand, Dhobi Falls gushes its way through the rocky terrain to eventually meet the Koyna River.
The waterfall gets its name from the historical practice of the local washermen community, called ‘dhobi’ in Hindi, who used to wash their daily quota of clothes in the flowing water. The path towards the waterfall can be muddy and slippery, but it is worth the hike with the walk through the rain-washed forests. There is a chance you may spot an occasional migratory bird or two on the hike. There are quite a few cafes around the place that you may explore.
4. Bhilar Waterfall
Hidden deep inside the forests of Sahyadri, Bhilar Waterfalls is far less tourist-trodden and still preserves an untarnished look about it. Located on the River Kundalika on the Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar Road, this remote hike destination offers adventure sports opportunities as well.
This waterfall is characterized by its multiple tiers, creating a series of cascades that add to its scenic charm. Other than trekking, one can indulge in waterfall rappelling or ziplining. There are establishments there offering the required gear and resources. Trekkers and nature enthusiasts can also explore the nearby Bhilar Caves, known for their historical significance.
5. Vajrai Waterfall
This mindblowing three-tier waterfall, with a cumulative drop of 1,840 feet, is the second-highest plunge in India. Surrounded by lush fauna and patches of colorful blooms, Vajrai is among the most scenic falls in the Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar region. To reach this waterfall, one has to trek through the picturesque valley of flowers, natural trails of the nearby Kaas Plateau, known for its rich biodiversity and vibrant wilderness.
Other than taking in the heavenly surroundings, you can also enjoy a picnic here, explore the nearby ancient caves, take a hike down the wooded trails, or even spend the night at an outdoor campsite amid the sounds of crashing water. This is one of the very few waterfalls in this area where swimming or bathing is prohibited.
As you embark on your journey to explore the waterfalls of Panchgani, it’s important to respect and preserve the natural beauty of the region. Adhere to responsible tourism practices, follow designated trails, and ensure you leave no trace behind.
Sterling Panchgani would be your perfect base to explore these waterfalls. Our travel desk will help you with local information for the best experience. Visit the Sterling Holidays website and read our blogs to know more about such exciting places.
1. How many waterfalls are there to see in Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar?
There are around 5-6 waterfalls that are worth visiting in the Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar belt.
2. Which is the ideal time to visit Panchgani to enjoy local waterfalls at their best?
The middle of September to November is the ideal time to see the waterfalls in Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. The streams are at their mightiest during this time, having been fed by the monsoons in July and August.
3. Can visitors take baths in the waterfalls of Panchgani?
Yes, the waterfalls of Panchgani are safe and ideal for bathing. They create lovely, shallow plunge pools where they drop, which are perfect for a long soak. However, there are some like Vajrai waterfalls where bathing is prohibited.
4. Are two days enough to visit all the waterfalls in Panchgani?
Yes, a 2-day weekend is enough to cover the waterfalls in and around Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar.
5. Is it safe to travel solo to Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar?
Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar are safe for solo travelers, including female travelers. Establishments like Sterling Holiday are perfect for backpackers traveling alone as well as for young couples and small families.