A one day trip to Scenic Randha Falls near Bhandhardhara

Are you interested in a one day trip to the Sahyadris? Would you like to see the lush green forests of the Sahyadris? Want to visit Randha Falls? Read my blog of a one day trip to the scenic Randha Falls, on 15th august 2015 here.

I took a one day trip to Randha Falls, on 15th August 2015, and it sure was a rejuvenating experience. I am penning my travel experience in this blog which will help you to plan your one day trip to this or any other destination. A day before, on 14th August my husband and myself decided to visit Bhandhardhara and Randha Falls for a day. This place has been used for shooting of Bollywood movies frequently. We had visited last year in November and wanted to check it out in the rains. Our expectations are well met in this trip.

Traveling to Randha

We got up by 6 am, had our breakfast and packed our bags. Most of our one day trips are self driven. This gives us the freedom to pack a little luxuriously. So we took a change of clothes, juices, soup, salad and upma for lunch while some fuchsia bread, biscuits, apples for intermittent snacks. It was quite dry when we set off from Mahim, Mumbai but by the time we reached Thane, rains picked up. The drive further was pleasant, with green scenic beauty long the way. Within two hours we reached Kasara and stopped at Baba's for Wada, a speciality not worth missing. Well, we ordered a plate of wada each, but they were big and we had to cancel one plate. After this sumptuous breakfast, we started climbing the Kasara Ghat. The view of the mountains, total greenery was awesome. By the time we reached Igatpuri, we were already in the fog. It was a slow drive, and turned at Ghoti and drove at leisure enjoying the breath taking view of the mountains.

At the Randha Falls

After driving for about 2 hours, we were at Randha Falls. This is about 10 kms from Shendi village, the Pravara river descends from a height of more than 150 ft and these waterfalls are magnificent only in the monsoons. Just near the falls is a temple, and recently there is construction activity with walkaways around the falls for wonderful view. Actually there are two fall, as you can see in the photos. In the first one, the fall is over several layers of stones, which provides space for people to enjoy the waterfall. This place was crowded, people enjoying a dip under the fall. People come to this falls from Mumbai, Bhandhardhara, Nashik, Igatpuri and around. The other waterfall is untouchable, can be viewed only from far away. Around the viewpoint is a deep gorge, with scaly mountains filled with small shrubs. The place is quite big to walk around and enjoy the waterfalls and the gorge from 270 degree angle. We spent around 2 hours at this place, going around the various parts of the view point and enjoying the view. The weather was pleasant, with light intermittent drizzle. It took about 4 hours to return from Randha to Mumbai.

Facilities at Randha

This place has parking facility at a very reasonable cost. Small time vendors from the village sell local food like corn, bananas, cucumber, guava, etc. Many people carry their lunch and enjoy a day picnic at this place. Some small hotels have mushroomed around the falls which provide local lunch, tea, coffee, wada, bhajiya etc. The road to this place is good and not too crowded. Since this place was crowded on the event of national holiday, traffic police and volunteers from local colleges helped the people by showing the way.

The serene atmosphere, the breath taking view was not only at the destination but the entire journey was a wonderful experience.



Guest Author: Prahlad Kuchekar17 Jun 2016

Excellent travelogue. These are remote places when coming from Mumbai. I applause tourists enriching these places by their blessed visit. But, wonder how secure are the journeys through rural villages especially in the nights?

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