Adventure, challenges, roar, and calmness. Are these the things that are missing in your life? Here’s a list of the 5 best waterfall hikes to do in India that are rewarding!
Unlike the usual waterfalls where you just go and capture some moments, India has some of the best waterfalls that demand a little hiking. One such factor is our enthusiasm and happiness. Yes! You heard it correctly! When you are around waterfalls, the positivity released by the waterfalls directly touches your heart and soul. If you want to engulf yourself in the beauty of the best waterfall hikes in India then consider this blog post as your genie.
The fact that makes this Dudhsagar waterfall worth a visit is that water gushes down through the lush green rainforest; it looks like milk is falling from a big goblet. When the milky waters touch the surface it creates foamy clouds which is a visual retreat to the eyes.
- Starting Point: Kulem, Castle Rock, and Mollem
- Trekking distance: 12 kilometers (approx.)
- Time Taken to Reach: 3-4 hours (approx) depending on the capacity a person has
- Highlight: The dew that rises from the falls creates a rainbow that is worth watching.
- Best Time to Visit: Monsoon or post-monsoon period (from September till February)
With the lush green forests in the background and white milky frost hitting the base, Athirapally Waterfalls will pump up your Instagram game. The trek to Athirapally Waterfalls is not everyone’s cup of tea because of the difficulty level. If you are traveling with your family, make sure to walk to the lower end of the falls. On the other side, youngsters can be seen hiking to the top of the falls.
- Starting Point of Parking space or the entrance
- And it will take less distance if you are not going from the parking area.
- Time Taken to Reach on Trek: 20 minutes (approx)
- Highlight: This waterfall in Kerala is also known as the Bahubali Waterfalls because it was featured in the movie Bahubali. Also, Aishwariya Rai danced in front of the beautiful Athirapally Waterfalls in the song “Barso Re”.
- Best Time to Visit: Early summer (April to May, and post-monsoon till winter (September to February)
And once you reach the place, take a look at the views of the valleys and let the refreshing breeze rejuvenate your body and your mind. Shikhar Fall flourishes several birds and butterfly species because of the rich fauna. There are hawkers and stalls for snacks at the summit. What else do you want now?
- Trekking Distance to the Falls: 1.5 kilometers (approx.) from base camp Kairwaan Village
- Time Taken to Reach: 45 minutes to 1 hour (approx)
- Highlight: You will pass through exquisite tea estates that are very photogenic.
- Starting Point: Kairwaan Village
- Best Time to Visit: Early summer (March to May), post-monsoon till winter (September to February)
If you want to fall in the beauty of the waterfalls in one single look, you have to reach its upper part. There is one such temple on the foothills of the falls; its name is Lord Siddeshwara Temple. Many trekking trails run through the deep dense forest which makes Talakona Waterfall worth a visit. An entry fee is a must required to view the Shiva Temple.
- Highlight: It is one of the highest forest waterfall treks in Andhra Pradesh that passes through the rainforest.
- Time Taken: 2 kilometers (approx.) from the parking area
- Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
- Entry Fee: 15 INR (approx.) for a two-wheeler and 100 INR (approx.) for a four-wheeler
If you want to spend some time in crystal clear water, and beautiful scenery and are looking for an escape amidst the lush meadows greenery, and falls with easy trekking opportunities then you must bookmark Devkund Waterfalls in your Mumbai or Pune travel checklist. The trek to Devkund Waterfall is relatively easy for beginners and passes through forests with rivers flowing parallel. Travel enthusiasts for sure can’t get over the lush greenery and the cascading sounds.
- Trekking distance: 5 kilometers (approx.)
- Time Taken to Reach: 2-3 hours (approx) depending on the capacity a person has
- Highlight: Sunlight passes through the mist and a rainbow is formed here which is a retreat to tourists’ eyes.
- Starting Point: Bhira Village where you enjoy camping as well
- Best Time to Visit: Monsoon and post-monsoon phase (from September till February)