Dodhani waterfall is located on 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.
Awesome road journey
I started my bike ride from Panvel early in the morning. Dodhani waterfall is just 20 KM from Panvel City. I put the GPS location on and started my ride on 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.
It was single lane road till the end. Till the Panvel city border, 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 on bike. But today, it was a new journey, new road, and new place that too in lovely July.
Temple, River & Dam
On the way, we saw Gadeshwar temple situated on the bank of Gadi river. River originates from the Gadeshwar dam. As the dam is built on a strategic location, reservoir gets water from surrounding hills of Matheran, Chanderi and Peb fort. We were more excited to explore Gadeshwar dam and surrounding region.
With the beautiful ride while crossing dam, we were enjoying cool breeze. Luckily, there was no rain till the base village Dodhani. After 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 sometime, we thought to take halt and click some snaps as well.
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 hurry because we also wanted to enjoy the rain and get drenched into the 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 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.
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 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 first small stream which was in full swing. I guessed that there will be such a more streams and hence didn’t motivate myself to click a picture.
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 it’s height but that was not the waterfall we were looking for today. Kadyawarcha Ganpati and back side 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.
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 to a big stream where we need to cross and continue our hike from the other side of the stream. We saw 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 but the force was great. Rain on hill top must be the reason behind the force. But, to me it was manageable and asked my wife to cross along with me.
After sometime, 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.
Picturesque Dodhani Waterfall
We reached to the base of waterfall and were amazed to see many droplets shower around. We enjoyed the droplets shower and click many pictures.
We saw a group of people with all technical set up. It was waterfall rappelling setup. We asked one of the participants that who had arranged Dodhani Waterfall Rappelling event.It was really thrilling to watch a participant to rappel down through gushing water of the waterfall. Next time, I thought of experiencing this.
Top of Dodhani Waterfall
After enjoying at the waterfall, we went on to explore 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 a beauty of waterfall.
Rain & Descending Dodhani Waterfall
Finally, it started raining heavily. I kept mobiles into bag and covered properly. I wanted to click more pictures but it was time to enjoy the nature. We started our return journey, within few minutes we reached back to the main stream. Due to rain, the force was doubled.
At the end, we were happy as it rained throughout our descending. We enjoyed even into stream where it was safe to trade. While coming back we thanked to 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 listen back from you. If you like waterfalls, then read my another waterfall blog of DUDHSAGAR – A TREK ON TRACKS.
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