Dodhani Waterfall

Dodhani waterfall is located on the western side of Matheran hill station near Mumbai. There is road accessible from Panvel else one can trek down to Dodhani waterfall from Sunset point of Matheran. Approximately, two hours required to descend till Dodhani waterfall of Panvel region. Instead of that, one can drive from Panvel side till Dodhani village and trek for 30 mins to reach waterfall base. There state transport buses available from Panvel but one needs to inquire the recent Panvel to Dodhani bus Timings at Bus Depo. There were two-morning buses, one id at 6:00 AM & second at 7:00 AM.

 Awesome road journey

I started my bike ride from Panvel early in the morning. Dodhani waterfall distance from Panvel is just 20 KM. I put the GPS location on and started my ride on a beautiful road. During monsoon, countryside roads get decorated with the lush greenery on both the sides and so was the case with Dodhani road from Panvel.

En route Dodhani Waterfall

En route Dodhani Waterfall Panvel

It was a single lane road until the end. Till the Panvel city border, the road was not in good conditions but after that, we enjoyed the journey. Bike rides are always special to me. I have explored many states of India by bike. But today, it was a new journey, a new road, and a new place that too in lovely July.

Temple, River & Dam

On the way, we saw Gadeshwar temple situated on the bank of Gadi river. The river originates from the Gadeshwar dam. As the dam is built on a strategic location, the reservoir gets water from surrounding hills of Matheran, Chanderi and Peb fort. We were more excited to explore Gadeshwar dam and the surrounding region.

Gadeshwar Dam, Panvel

Gadeshwar Dam, Panvel

With the beautiful ride while crossing the dam, we were enjoying the cool breeze. Luckily, there was no rain till the base village Dodhani. After a few snaps, we continued our ride. I was able to notice Chanderi on my left side. A Chanderi cave was covered in the fog and so was not visible at all. With few twist and turns, we were marching ahead. After some time, we thought to take a halt and click some snaps as well.

Dark Clouds

Random Click on Random Bridge

Random Click on Random Bridge

It was the stream which in turn joins the reservoir ahead. Climate was changing rapidly. Clouds started gathering and making that typical sound which usually comes before raining. We were not in a hurry because we also wanted to enjoy the rain and get drenched into nature. Sometimes, everyone likes to be a kid and enjoy those small moments without thinking maturely.

Dodhani Waterfall base village

Finally, we reached the village and parked our bike at villagers home where we ate hot Poha and Tea. Without wasting much time, we packed our bags properly to protect from expected heavy rain. Before moving towards the waterfall, we asked for the direction and started our short hike. Villagers also informed us that there are few people already went ahead for waterfall rappelling. While coming out of the small village, we saw paddy fields and green hills.

Paddy fields

Paddy fields

It was completely a nature walk till Dodhani Waterfall. I was trying to locate Sunset point of Matheran which was hiding behind the dark clouds. This was the last village where the road ends but we were shocked to see the development. There were toilets built by Govt. Internal roads were cemented. After the cemented road, we crossed the first small stream which was in full swing. I guessed that there will be such more streams and hence didn’t motivate myself to click a picture.


Read – Matheran one day trip experience by Shalini


We were able to notice the waterfall at a distance which was originating from Matheran plateau. Due to wind, water flow was shaky and was clearly visible due to its height but that was not the waterfall we were looking for today. Kadyawarcha Ganpati and backside of Peb fort was visible. We walked along the stream. It was getting more darker & cloudy but there was no sign of rain. We were desperately expecting the rain to make our hike easy and memorable.

Unknown Waterfall

Unknown Waterfall

Hike to Dodhani Waterfall near Panvel

With few photography breaks, we were walking beside the stream. There are many other routes but villagers have told us to follow stream only. According to given hints, we reached a big stream where we need to cross and continue our hike from the other side of the stream. We saw a few families returning from that point as the force was very high. Also, there were 3-4 kids of less than 10 years because of which for them it was a good decision.

Stream & Jungle Route

To my surprise, looking at then my wife morale went down. I motivated her a little bit and asked to wait till I check the depth and the force. I went inside, though it was a small stream the force was great. Rain on a hilltop must be the reason behind the force. But to me, it was manageable and asked my wife to cross along with me.

Happy face after crossing the stream

Happy face after crossing the stream

After some time, it was a kind of jungle road that we followed. We walked, hiked for 15 more minutes. Suddenly, we saw a glimpse of Dodhani Waterfall and that tall waterfall in the background. We assumed that It must the same water flowing from both the waterfalls.

First Glimpse of the waterfall

First Glimpse of the waterfall

Picturesque Dodhani Waterfall 

We reached to the base of the waterfall and were amazed to see many droplets shower around. We enjoyed the droplets shower and click many pictures.

Close Shot

Close Shot

Beautiful Dodhani Waterfall

Beautiful Dodhani Waterfall Panvel

We saw a group of people with all the technical set up. It was a waterfall rappelling setup. We asked one of the participants who had arranged the Dodhani Waterfall Rappelling event. It was really thrilling to watch a participant rappel down through gushing water of the waterfall. Next time, I thought of experiencing this.

Dodhani Waterfall Rappelling

Dodhani Waterfall Rappelling

Top of Dodhani Waterfall

After enjoying at the waterfall, we went on to explore the top part of the Dodhani waterfall. There was no direct path accessible beside the waterfall. We backtrack to a point where a diversion to a waterfall was clearly visible. We hiked for 5 mins and were amazed to see the beauty of the waterfall.

View from trees

View from trees

Top View of Dodhani Waterfall

Top View of Dodhani Waterfall

Rain & Descending Dodhani Waterfall

Finally, it started raining heavily. I kept mobiles into the bag and covered properly. I wanted to click more pictures but it was time to enjoy nature. We started our return journey, within a few minutes we reached back to the mainstream. Due to rain, the force was doubled.

Last photography session

Last photography session

Happy Souls

Happy Souls

In the end, we were happy as it rained throughout our descending. We enjoyed even into the stream where it was safe to trade. While coming back we thanked villagers and returned home. Hope you enjoyed reading our Dodhani Waterfall visit blog. Do share your experience of Dodhani Waterfall visit, comment your feedback. I will be happy to hear back from you. If you like waterfalls, then read my another waterfall blog of DUDHSAGAR of Goa– A TREK ON TRACKS.

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Written by Yogendra Patil
Just an Indian Travel Blogger. I left my corporate job & IT business to explore locations and adventure activities. Now, my job is to travel to unique destinations. Sometimes I lead adventure trips of Small Steps Adventures. You can join SSA trips or you can virtually experience those tours through my Blogs. I am always ready to hear from you. Drop me a comment. Share your experiences. You can be in touch with me on Instagram @thewandereryogi.