Monsoon is a much-awaited season in India. Not only does it provide respite from the scorching summer, but it also is a time to refresh, rejuvenate and relish some of the most beautiful sights. The lush surroundings, mist, the scent of rain-soaked earth, who doesn't find this refreshing?
The waterfalls in their full glory are amongst the beautiful transformations that are brought about by the rains. Surrounded by verdant slopes or lush thickets, the milky white and cool water cascading gracefully is a sight to behold. Taking a dip in the water that pools at the bottom of a waterfall is absolutely soothing.
Monsoon is the time to experience the beauty of the gorgeous waterfalls. From the mesmerising waterfalls of Meghalaya to the roaring waterfalls of the Western Ghats, there's no dearth of this spectacle. There are a number of famous waterfalls which many know about, but in this article, we are going to tell you about the lesser-known Devkund Waterfall of Maharashtra.
About Devkund Waterfall
Devkund Waterfall is located near the tiny hamlet of Bhira close to the picturesque Tamhini Ghat - a mountain passage in the crest of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. Tamhini Ghat is known for its landscape that is filled with waterfalls, dense forests, lakes and sprawling valleys.
A short trek of about 2 hours from the quaint village of Bhira, through the lush green forests, will lead you to the Devkund Waterfall and the crystal-clear water pool at its bottom. Surrounded by rocky and green patches, the place is absolutely pristine. This plunge waterfall pours a massive amount of water, especially during the monsoons, which is why it is advisable to avoid trekking or camping here during the peak rainy season.
It is believed that Devkund is a confluence of three waterfalls and here's where the Kundalika river originates. Devkund literally means "the bathing pond of gods" and is considered sacred by the locals. You must, therefore, respect the belief and be a responsible traveller by not littering the place or disturbing the environment in any way.
The trek trail passes through a dense forest and one can see plenty of smaller waterfalls, streams and rivulets along the way. It is essential that you hire a local guide to avoid the possibility of getting lost in the woods. The villagers will also assist you in case you wish to camp overnight on the plains near the base.
Best Time To Visit Devkund Waterfall
Trekking to Devkund Waterfall during the monsoons is not advisable as a lot of incidents and mishaps have occurred in the past. The best time to visit the waterfall is, therefore, after the monsoon months, typically from late September/October to April.
How To Reach Devkund Waterfall
Devkund Waterfall is located at a distance of about 110 km from Pune and about 170 km from Mumbai. If you're commuting via public transport, you can take a state transport bus to Bhira village, which is the base village for this trek to the waterfall. If you plan on driving to the base village, reach the Bhira Dam or the Tata Power House Dam.