Dabhosa is a small village, in Thane district. in the northern part of Maharashtra, 160 km away from Mumbai. The nearest town from Dabhosa is Jawhar, which is about 20 km away.
The quaint village of Jawhar is a hilly forested area at the edge of Sahyadris range with a comparatively sparse habitation. Every year with the monsoon setting in , the entire countryside is awash in lush greenery.
But Dabhosa’s claim to fame is its waterfalls that lies a little less than a km out of the village. This is one of the highest waterfalls in Maharashtra near Mumbai.
The waterfalls are surrounded by straight mountains of height not less than 600 feet on both sides and are covered with medicinal plants.The surroundings are densely forested and provide a serene location for seclusion seeking travelers. The area is unpolluted and unspoiled without much modern developments and luxuries.
During monsoons, the Dabhosa waterfall becomes a raging monster. Such is the force of the waterfalls, that the spray from it makes it is impossible to look towards the waterfall when you are standing close to it. Even when you are 20-30 mts away, it feels like you are standing in front of a giant shower. In the monsoons, getting into the pond below is impossible as the waters churns angrily and waves hit the rocky banks like a rough sea. Just standing there and observing the falls is an exhilarating experience.
This waterfall is a seasonal picnic spot and the best time to visit this fall is during the monsoons i.e. from June to September, as the flow of water is full-fledged. It is an adventure spot hub where tourist can enjoy activities like Kayaking, Valley Crossing, Zip Line, Rappelling, Laddering, Trekking, Rock Climbing, Nature Walks and Fishing.
Timing: Sunrise to Sunset.
How to Reach
To reach Dabhosa waterfall, you need to first arrive at Jawhar village, which is about 160km from the city of Mumbai.
Address : Village Dabhosa, Off Jawhar Silvassa Road, Taluka Jawhar, District Thane.
By Rail : The nearest railway station is Vapi, and from thereon Dabhosa Waterfall is a further 53 Km by road, and can be reached by local transport like share autos/ state transport buses.
By Road : Public transportation to this place is very limited, and there are very few MSRTC buses that ply on this route(Mumbai - Jawhar). It is advisable to take your own car or book a cab to save on time.
Places to see nearby
Jawhar : Situated in the ranges of the Western Ghats, Jawhar is known for its picturesque setting and a vibrant cultural heritage. It is one of the very few tribal regions of Maharashtra and is famous for its vibrant Warli painting that are a characteristic landmark of this place. Do visit the Palace and Lake in Jawhar.
Bhupatgad Fort : The fort of Bhopatgarh is a trekkers delight especially in the monsoon.
Where to Stay and Eat
At Dabhosa visitors can expect simple accommodations. Visitors planning to stay overnight at Dabhosa are advised to do prior bookings.
There is a campsite overlooking the waterfalls, which has 2 large dormitories along with a dining area and full service kitchen (serving homely meals).This is the best option for families and groups coming from far away places like Pune.
The food served here is fantastic, and one will enjoy authentic Maharashtrian dishes.There are several hotels and resorts nearby offering In-home eating, Campfire, Barbecue and Sight seeing amenities.
There is no official arrangement or infrastructure for exclusive 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 Dabhosa 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.