With the monsoon season setting in and greenery everywhere, it is time to explore the Pandavkada waterfalls, one of the true beauties of Navi Mumbai.
Located in Kharghar, a suburb of Navi Mumbai, the Pandavkada waterfalls plunges from a height of 107 meters (350 feet), and is surrounded with green vibrant hills while kissing the cloud laden skies.
The cascading waterfalls are a popular spot for a one day picnic for Mumbaikar’s during monsoon, offering a wonderful splash worth enjoying in the company of friends and family.
During monsoons the area is gets naturally beautified with greenery and visitors can experience a wonderful feeling of walking on a natural carpet of grass towards the falls.
According to a local legend it is believed that the Pandavas (Of the Mahabharata Fame) during their exile had roamed through these forests and reached the waterfalls and saw it in its full glory.
It is believed that they bathed in the pool under the falls, since then it has been considered as a scared fall.
It is further believed that there is a big tunnel within the Pandavkada from where the Pandavs has come therefore it is known as Pandavkada Ankit.
Timing: Sunrise to sunset.
Best Time to visit:
The best time to visit the falls is during monsoon (June to October) when the falls are in its full glory.
Be it weekdays or weekends, the waterfalls always has visitors coming from all parts of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and other nearby areas.
Please note: During a series of heavy rainfall, entry to the falls is restricted by local villagers or authorities, so kindly make a few enquiries a few days in advance before leaving for the spot.
How to reach:
The waterfalls are easily accessible by road and rail, here’s how:
Kharghar is a suburb of Navi Mumbai and can be easily accessed on the Harbour railway line.
Travelers can board a train from any station (CST, Kurla, Andheri, Thane) that connects to the Harbour Railway line and reaches Kharghar station on the route of Panvel
After alighting at Kharghar station, tourist can take a rickshaw and reach the falls.
Tourist can also get down at Nerul station and take a bus or taxi to the falls.
After reaching, tourists will have to walk for a short distance to reach the spot where the waterfall is located.
Tourist planning to travel down to Pandavkada by car can take the Sion – Panvel highway and reach Kharghar.
There is a designated place for car parking and once there tourist have to walk a short distance to reach the spot where the waterfall is located.
There are also many buses run by KDMT, NMMT and BEST that connect Kharghar to Kalyan, Thane and Mumbai.
(Please Note: Kindly enquire about the buses that ply to Kharghar as there is constant change in bus timetables and routes).
- Take a bath or get drenched at the falls.
- Enjoy a family picnic in the vicinity of the falls.
- Adventure enthusiast can explore trekking trails in the close vicinity.
- There are facilities of rappelling from up to 200 feet, but tourist must take up this activity only after enrolling with a professional group.
- Others can just sit amidst the low hanging clouds and spend the day admiring the beauty of the falls in the lap of nature.
- During a heavy rainfall avoid bathing under the falls.
- Elderly or unfit travellers must avoid this place as during monsoon the approach road towards the falls is very slippery and pebbled, making it difficult to walk.
- Always keep basic first aid, dry clothes and wear shoes with good grips in order to avoid wild grass, insects and small reptiles that lurk around.
Places to see near Pandavkada falls
- Buddhist Caves in the close vicinity.
- Belapur Fort, at Belapur, Navi Mumbai built by the Siddis of Janjira.
- Utsav Chowk a popular landmark in Kharghar that has been built in Graeco Roman Style with fountains, open spaces and gardens.
Where to Eat
- There is no proper arrangement of tea or food stalls near the falls, hence it is advisable to carry your own water and snacks.
There is no official arrangement or infrastructure for camping at the falls. But adventure enthusiast seeking adventure can try their luck and seek permission from the local authorities and enjoy a camp near the falls.
A humble request to all tourists:
While visiting Pandavkada Waterfalls 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.