About Pandavkada Waterfalls
Pandavkada Waterfalls is a beautiful, cascading waterfall located in Navi Mumbai. The place is visited by people living all around Navi Mumbai, especially during monsoons for its majestic waterfalls. The waterfall is located amidst lush green Pandavkada hills at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai. The waterfall happens to be a most visited spot due to its accessibility and convenience factor. Being close to the station makes it easily reachable which adds to the crowds during monsoons. The place is magnificent during monsoons, for it is covered with clouds which add to its existing beauty. Pandavkada also offers ideal trekking trails cycling and 200 ft rappelling options which lures adventure sports lover from Navi Mumbai and other places.
Pandavkada Waterfalls falls from a considerable height and thus offers a great splash which is worth enjoying. The place is most visited during monsoons and immediately after post monsoons. The waterfalls rests within dense Pandavkada hills and thus offers a great one day picnic spot for people who love to spend time amidst nature but have a very little time to offer. The majestic Pandavkada Hills which houses this waterfall also have few Buddhist caves which can be visited whenever here at Pandavkada. In spite of many visitors the fact remains unchanged that this place is actually known and visited mostly by the locals. It could be because Pandavkada is not really famous and is lesser known to people residing outside Navi Mumbai.
Kharghar is a small town in Navi Mumbai known for its lush greenery and scenic beauty. Kharghar falls in Raigad district of Maharashtra. The entire Pandavkada Hills and the waterfall appears a Hill Station in itself and hence makes a must visit spot. Since Pandavkada is yet to get commercialized, it definitely offers a quiet and unexploited holiday worth enjoying.
How to reach Pandavkada Waterfalls
Pandavkada Waterfalls is located in Kharghar, which is easily accessible by trains and by road. There are many signboards put up in Kharghar for easy accessibility to this waterfall. If you wish to visit Pandavkada from Mumbai, then board a train for Panvel and get down at Kharghar Station. The harbour route for the train starting from Mumbai CST up to Kharghar would be Mumbai CST – Masjid – Sandhurst Road – Dockyard Road – Reay Road – Cottongreen – Sewri – Vadala Road – G.T.B Nagar – Chunabhatti – Kurla – Tilak Nagar – Chembur – Govandi – Mankhurd – Vashi – Sanpada – Juinagar – Nerul – Seawood – Belapur – Kharghar. The time taken by this train route is around one and a half hour. There are many auto rickshaws which take you to Pandavkada Waterfalls. There are additional trains started recently from Thane up to Vashi and Nerul. So if you plan down to come from Thane, and then it is you would need to alight on Nerul Station and take a bus or private Taxi. Additionally a New Broad Gauge line from Karjat to Panvel connects Kharghar to people who wish to visit down from Karjat and nearby places.
The Bus route is more comfortable option than train, as there are several KDMT, NMMT and BEST buses plying regularly connecting Navi Mumbai with various cities like Kalyan, Thane and Mumbai. The latest A/C Volvo buses are very convenient and comfortable on these routes, though they charge a little more than the regular buses. The few NMMT buses that ply to Kharghar include 26 (from Thane), 29 (from Thane), 44 (from Dombivli), 52 (from Taloja), 53 (from CBD), and 54 (from Ghansoli). The BEST buses that connect Kharghar with Mumbai include 504 (from Vadala), 503 (from Sion) and AS – 503 (from Wadala). Kharghar is easily accessible from Pune, since it is located on the Mumbai – Pune Highway. The best route by road from Mumbai to reach Kharghar in private cars or vehicles is to take down the Sion – Panvel Highway.
Best time to visit Pandavkada Waterfalls
Pandavkada is at its best during monsoons and post monsoons. The cascading waterfall offers a wonderful splash which is worth enjoying. However it is not advisable to visit this place during heavy rains, as there may be chances of mudslides and this place is usually closed down during such periods.
Hotels and restaurants nearby Pandavkada
There are many restaurants and hotels located in the proximity of the waterfall all around Kharghar, Nerul and Panvel which offer affordable as well as comfortable accommodation and food facilities for the visitors.