July is nearing to end and usually by this time the rains have done their magic. You can see lush green landscape, overcast sky with vivid colorful evenings. This year it is different, with little or no rains, the landscape is a bit dry. Post rains, nature lovers, travelers like us used to flock to many scenic destinations around.
Since, we can’t travel or rather even drive to the nearby places this year, let me take you to the throwback bike trips we did back in 2009 and 2015 to the very beautiful and stunning waterfall – Thoseghar Waterfalls in Satara, Maharashtra. A lot has changed since then.
Distance from Satara City: 20 Kms
Pune: 130 Kms
Mumbai: 290 Kms
Best time to visit: July-November, August being the peak season.
Thoseghar Waterfall is a series of cascades with some tiny and large picturesque waterfalls with the height ranging from 15 meters to 500 meters. It is a perfect monsoon destination for picnic or hiking. One can go along with family or friends.
August 2009:: We started off on our bike to the much loved and not then much popular Thoseghar Waterfall. With one camera bag and a small tiffin of snacks, we started the road trip. Some parts of the road were rugged and some smooth. The ghats, the less-crowded roads, drizzle and the lush green mountains on the way made the drive memorable. We stopped for a couple of times to admire the beauty of nature. The flora and fauna post monsoon are spectacular.
Reached after a beautiful drive of 2 hours. There were no parking lots, no eating areas, no entrance, no guards and no sign boards. How good was that! Felt like walking through a jungle and discovering a roaring waterfall. Though we reached tired but the majestic view made us forget everything.
There is something about these rustic trips!? What do you say?
The way to Thoseghar falls was from through the dense forest trail. Just so serene. You would not imagine such a pretty waterfall after a tiring walk. At that time, the sound of falls could be heard from a decent distance. Recently a railing has been made for safety purposes. As the place is getting popular, a parking space, proper entry gate has also been set up. After the hike, a platform area or rather waterfall viewpoint is there from where you can view the twin falls at the Thoseghar waterfall and take some photographs as well.
The deep gorge and the river stream takes the breath away. Jungle monkeys are there to give you company. They are nothing to be afraid of. You can walk around by the trails and spend a good 2-3 hours. Carry your own food and water to avoid inconvenience.
You can also include Chalkewadi Windmills, Ajinkyatara Fort , Kaas Lake.
Thoseghar Waterfall is a perfect monsoon destination for a fun filled weekend with family and friends.