Lonavala is one of the most beautiful hill stations of Maharashtra and its beauty is enhanced even more during the monsoons. The hill station is basically a lush green valley and a number of water bodies emerge during the rainy season, that include waterfalls and temporary ponds. Lonavla is often referred to as the Land of Waterfalls due to the seasonal small and big waterfalls that are created there from different edges of the valley.
But there are mainly 3 genuine waterfalls in the entire valley of Lonavla, namely- Lonavla Waterfall, Kataldhar Waterfall and Kune Waterfall. Some of these waterfalls are really big and their origin is difficult to determine. A complete scenic description of these waterfalls provided below:
Famous Waterfalls of Lonavla
Lonavla Waterfall - This waterfall is the source of the most famous spot of Lonavla, namely Bushi Dam. It is located near the Lonavla Railway station and is the most sought after tourist here. The waterfall is situated a short climb uphill from the Bushi Dam. There is even a parking lot alongside the waterfall with small stalls that sell tea, corn and Indian Snacks. One has to walk over boulders through which water keeps flowing constantly to reach to the bottom of the waterfall, which itself is an unforgettable experience as well as risky. It helps to have a professional guide to help tourists through this risky way to the Lonavla Waterfalls.
Kune Waterfall - The Kune Waterfall, located right in the center of the valley of Khandala and Lonavla. This waterfall is in its best form during the monsoons and flows down with huge force and gush creating a roaring sound which can be heard from kilometers away. It is among the top 15 highest waterfalls of India and originates from a height of 650 feet and the famous Sahaydari mountain range in the western part of Maharashtra.
The waterfall is surrounded by dense vegetation which is a treat for every eye. Its surroundings create a visual wherein the waterfall resembles the appearance of a milky white stream flowing from the lap of nature. It is a source of major attraction for all tourists, especially during the monsoon season. There several attractions around the waterfall which includes adventure sports like rock climbing through the waterfall, camping facilities with arrangement for breakfast and a trained guide.
Kataldhar Waterfall - Kataldhar Falls originates from the Rajmachi Point at the Ulhas Valley. This place is about 6.5 kilometers away from the main city area of Lonavla and is a seasonal waterfall. It can be seen only during the monsoons and are closed throughout the other seasons of the year. The waterfall is a popular place for only experienced trekkers as the climb is quite risky with slippery rocks and steep terrain. The waterfall derived its name from the name of the village Kune, located near the Old Mumbai - Pune highway. One has to trek down a couple of kilometers to reach the bottom of the waterfall and this trail is through a confusing and slightly dense forest area.
All of these 3 waterfalls have caves located somewhere between their fall. But these caves remain hidden and away from access due to the flowing water covering them. The Kune and the Kataldhari Waterfalls are two of the most dangerous waterfalls in the area as the region around them becomes quite muddy and slippery. Their flow is also doubled in minutes during long bouts of rain which is why professionally trained guides are an essential element to travel through these terrains. But the scenic beauty is to die for, no pun intended, which attracts tourists from different parts of the country. So get some trekking training before your visit these places so that you can take in the real beauty of these terrains.