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Vajrai Waterfalls, Pune Overview

Situated at the base of the Sahyadri hills near Bhambavali village in Satara in Maharashtra, Vajrai Falls is the highest waterfall in the state, falling down from a height of 560 m. The enormous spectacle is even more visually pleasing during the monsoons when the cascading waterfalls comes alive with energy and vigour and the surrounding hills are covered in verdant green plantations. The picturesque spot is a popular picnic spot and attracts a lot of tourists all through the year. However, owing to the fact that the waterfall is perennial, it experiences major tourist influx during monsoons. The three tiered waterfall can be reached through a short trek. For tourism purposes, the village of Bhambavali has also gained enormous popularity and has become a tourist hotspot in the region. Besides, the area also has some ancient caves and temples which add to the appeal of the attraction.

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Mythology of Vajrai Falls

It is believed that the local saint by the name of Samarth Ramdas Swami climbed the waterfall in three simple steps. That is the reason the waterfall falls down in three tiers.

Places to Visit near Vajrai Falls

  1. Urmodi River

    Urmodi river is the origin of the waterfall and is fed by monsoons. The river is a prime source of attraction near the waterfalls.
  2. The Caves

    There are a number of caves present in immediate vicinity of Vajrai Falls. Exploring these caves is one of the chief touristy things to do near the falls.
  3. Urmodi Dam

    There is also a dam built atop the river which attracts a significant number of tourists owing to its aesthetic appeal and pleasing views of the mountains and the valleys.
  4. Vajrai

    Vajrai is a local hamlet near the waterfalls that is known for its several temples. Tourists that come to the waterfall tend to visit the village to get a peek in the local lifestyle and to offer prayers at the several temples.
  5. Kas Flower Valley

    The spectacular Kas Flower Valley is located just 5 kms from the enchanting waterfalls and it blooms during the months of August and September. The 1000 hectare valley gets laden with beautiful hues of innumerous species of different flowers and is a delight to watch.
  6. Sajjangarh

    Sajjangarh is a neighboring village that is home to the samadhi of the saint Samarth Ramdas Swami. It is believed that the great Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji visited the village to seek blessings at the samadhi. It can be reached by climbing up a stairs of a hundred steps. There is also a 14th century fort situated in this village.
  7. Chapal Vir Tirupati Temple

    Chapal Vir Tirupati Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is one of the 11 most important Hanuman temples in Maharashtra. It was built in 1848 and attracts a lot of Hindu pilgrims.
  8. Ajinkyatara Fort

    The 16th century fort overlooks the city of Satara and is situated just 4 km from Satara.
  9. Pateshwar

    Pateshwar is situated 11 kms from Satara and is known for its several Lord Shiva temples, shivalingas, stone sculptures of deities and caves etc.

Things to Do near Vajrai Falls

  1. Going out on a picnic is among the top activities near Vajrai Falls. Carry a basket of food and a bed sheet and enjoy a day out amidst bounteous nature and gorgeous surroundings.
  2. Boating is another exciting activity available near the falls. You can avail this facility at the Tapola region near the Vajrai Falls.
  3. Although there is no official camp organizing centres at Vajrai Waterfalls. However, several adventure enthusiasts still tend to set up their tents and camp in the beautiful surroundings of the waterfall. You can also light a bonfire and cook your own meal.
  4. You can try your hand at trekking here. There are several trails in and around the area which are ideal for both the amateur and professional tourists.
  5. The area is known for the presence of several caves. You can hike around and explore a few of these historic caves.
  6. Photography is another activity to do at Vajrai Falls. There are several pleasing views and mesmerising sceneries that you can capture in your cameras. The place especially attracts photography enthusiasts during the rainy season when the Kas Flower Valley blooms and presents an astounding picture.
  7. The region also allows you to wander off on nature walks and expeditions. Explore the adjoining woods and discover your own little picture perfect spots.
  8. There is also a small restaurant cum cafe situated at the base of the waterfalls. You can satiate your hunger pangs here with their amazing yet reasonably priced sumptuous Maharashtrian food.

Tips

  1. Non vegetarian food is not allowed in a radius of 1 km around the Vajrai Waterfalls as the place is considered sacred.
  2. Do not litter the place.
  3. Carry a first aid kit for emergency purposes.
  4. It is not recommended to trek in heavy rainfalls as the rocks tend to get slippery and it might pose a great risk.
  5. Swimming is prohibited at the base as deep ponds are formed due to the pressure of the cascading water.
  6. Alcohol consumption is prohibited.
  7. Avoid wandering off deep into the woods without a local guide. Local guides are available in the village of Bhambavali at reasonable rates.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Vajrai Falls is during the monsoon season, between June and October when the temperature is between 26 to 28 degree celsius and the climate is pleasant. The rains also feed the waterfall and this is the most ideal time when the water flows full and freely and creates a wonderful spectacle.

How to Reach

The nearest airport is in Pune which is at a distance of 110 kms from Vajrai Waterfalls. The nearest railway station and the bus stand is situated in Satara itself. There are also regular buses plying from nearby towns and cities like Yerane, Tethli and Bamnoli.

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