The Pandavkada waterfall is visible only during the monsoons and that too when it rains heavily for some days at a stretch. Situated in the picturesque node of Kharghar in Navi Mumbai, this free flowing waterfall plunges down from a height of about 107 meters into a greenish pool. The lush green hills around add an attractive backdrop to the falls.As per folklore, the five pandavas of Mahabharat had visited this waterfall for a bath and hence the name Pandavkada. The waterfall is visible on your left once you reach the Kharghar golf course via Utsav Chowk.
This place is not maintained as a tourist destination. We spent some time trying to figure out a path to enter the plains which led to the falls. A part of this land in the foreground is occupied by the golf course which is fenced and no one other than the golfers and residents of the village near the waterfall are allowed to use the pathway through the golf course. Between the golf course and the new Kharghar Gurdwara further down the road, there is an opening in the boundary wall through which we could reach the plains which is covered with tall grasses and tiny flowers at this time of the year. To reach the waterfall, one needs to trek for about a kilometer through this plain land,cross a stream a couple of times and traverse rocky terrains.Often you are left to find your own pathway.The trek is easy, but meant only for those who are fit enough. The plains part of the trek can be covered in a two wheeler. But if you have a four wheeler, you will need to leave it at the parking lot outside Central Park on the opposite side of the main road.
There was a cool breeze blowing as we trekked through the soothing greenery.All vestiges of urban civilization receded at a distance and we gradually approached the strikingly beautiful plunge waterfall hurtling down from the green hills. After the trek, getting sprayed by tiny water droplets feels soothing. You can carry snacks for picnicking, but care not to litter the place.
Visit to the falls is not encouraged by the forest department due to some unfortunate deaths few years ago . Entering the pool at the base of the waterfall is not advisable. You are practically in the wilderness. This adds to the charm of the place, but it also means no help is available if anything untoward happens.
For me it proved to be lovely morning adventure to indulge my passion for photography. This beautiful place should be developed for tourists with proper facilities so that many more can enjoy its pristine beauty.
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