The Bhushi dam is a popular picnic spot for Mumbaikar’s and Punekar’s. This is not a natural waterfall but gets created during monsoons when the water from the dam (Indrayani River) overflows on the series of steps on the side of the dam.
It is relatively safe place to enjoy a waterfall experience hence it is a great place for families and kids. Every year during monsoons one can expect a large number of crowds from neighboring cities during weekends or on holidays.
After spending time at the Bhushi dam, visitors can visit small natural waterfalls near the dam which are also popular with tourist during monsoon.
There is no arrangement for changing clothes at dam so you need to hire change room at INR 20/- person on roadside hotels. They also offer car parking at a nominal cost.
Timing: Sunrise to Sunset. (During weekends due to excessive crowd, entry to the dam is closed by 3:00 p.m.).
Things to do
Spend a good amount of time sitting on the steps of the dam getting wet while the water flows down with great force. Enjoy a hot cuppa tea or coffee along with local delicacies like vada pav, kanda bhaji, and poha.
Good place for nature lovers and families to spend time and enjoy some memorable moments.
Best place to have fun with friends specially playing in flowing water and clicking photographs.
How to reach
From Mumbai and Pune there are several trains that halt at Lonavala Railway Station. There are also several State Transport and private buses that halt at Lonavala.
From Lonavala Railway station, Bhushi dam is at a distance of 6 km. Tourists can hire local transport available to reach the dam.
Tourist coming by road can reach Lonavala via old Mumbai- Pune highway or exit the Expressway at Lonavala and drive further 8 km to reach the dam.
Do not swim in the dam as there have been several incidents of drowning.
During weekends and public holidays there is a large crowd, so planning your visit on a week day is ideal in case you want to avoid the excessive crowds
Attractions near Bhushi Dam
A visit to Bhushi dam in Lonavala can be clubbed with other attractions of Lonavala and Khandala i.e. (Tiger Point, Kune waterfalls, Pavana Lake) etc.
Where to eat
There are many Butta (Maize) and Vada pav stalls on the road that leads to the dam. Tourist can enjoy these snack items along with piping hot tea.
There are also many restaurants and hotels in the near vicinity of the dam where tourist can enjoy a proper meal of their choice.
A humble request to all tourists
While visiting Bushi Dam please do not litter and help keep the nature and surroundings clean by carrying back your thrash and disposing it in a decent manner.
Kindly support nature as these small actions by each one of us will help preserve our beautiful waterfalls.