Jambughoda is home to one of the most breathtaking and magnificent waterfalls you can visit in the Indian subcontinent. About a 100 metres in length and flowing with rich greenery, Hathni Waterfalls are surrounded by a variety of beautiful flora and fauna. If you find the peaceful sound of flowing water from streams and falls incredibly relaxing, then this is the spot for you. Or if you are looking to engage in some choicy nature photography while having a spiritual experience in the thick of dense forests, then this place should be on your bucket list.
While the waterfalls are extremely popular amongst tourists of all age, they particularly tend to draw younger people. Suffice it to say, you can gain not only a peaceful but also a thrilling experience on your trip! Located 30 km away from the town of Pavagadh in eastern Gujarat, these waterfalls are where tourists flock in the thousands to have unforgettable experiences.
The name of these waterfalls translates to ‘small elephant’ -- the legend goes that many years ago the local tribal community observed a rock that looks exactly like a baby elephant. If you go to the base of the waterfall, you can still see this rock now dressed up in religious fabric and adorned with flowers. The “Hathni Mata” is a prominently-worshipped goddess that the tribal community follows -- and hence you will see many fairs in dedication to it, mainly during the winters.
Things to Do
There are a number of activities you can undertake to enrich your experience of visiting Hathni Waterfalls:
1. Dirt Biking
Mainly to be done during the monsoon season, the narrow tracks on the way to the Hathni Mata Waterfalls are made up of corn fields and jungles. The rainfall makes it the ideal path for dirt biking.
Because Jambughoda is full of forests and wildlife, most of which are still numerous despite deforestation, which makes for amazing photography -- whether you are a professional or amateur.
Food and Accomodation
Not only will you be unable to find restaurants or cafes near the Hathni Mata Waterfalls, you will also not be able to see a single small shop or tea stall in sight. Finding food is a very difficult issue over here and therefore you are recommended to arrange for your own food and snacks before travelling.
The same goes for accommodation -- because the Hathni Mata Waterfall is located in a remote rural area which is difficult to navigate -- there are no hotels or resorts near it. Luckily, though, there are a number of resorts in Pavagadh city, which is just 30 kilometres away from the waterfall. Even the cities of Vadodara and Halol have many comfortable options for accommodation and stay. You can even rent vehicles such as motorcycles or cars for yourself, as well as special tours organised by either the government or locals.
If you’re looking to spend your vacation in the lap of nature, then Hathni Waterfalls is the place to be. Not only do you get to surround yourself with calming scenic beauty but also get a chance to have a thrilling experience.