If you are planning a trip to Mahabaleshwar and places around it, brace up as there is this beautiful place called Chinaman waterfalls. Your Mahabaleshwar trip will be incomplete if you don’t visit this place. This waterfall is a captivating one because it cascades from a height of 500 feet. It initially starts from two different points and then merges into one stream, falling into a deep valley. Just imagine you being at this place during the monsoon when the flow is at its peak.
With lush greenery surrounding the waterfalls, it makes a perfect holiday spot.
This is how you reach Chinaman Waterfalls:
❖ By rail
If you plan to go by rail, then the closest railway station to Mahabaleshwar is located at Wathar. However, most people prefer to go from Pune via Panchgani.
❖ By road
If you are taking a road trip to Chinaman waterfalls, it is only a four-five hour journey from Mumbai. Thanks to the newly constructed highway. Mahabaleshwar is well-connected to all the major cities of Maharashtra, there are many transport facilities by road. From private taxis to luxury, semi-luxury, and ordinary busses, a tourist can be at Chinaman waterfalls however he/she wants.
Once you reach Mahabaleshwar, you can either reach the waterfalls via Carviali Road, a 2.5 km ride or take the Tiger Path Road via Babington Point.
When at Mahabaleshwar, you need not worry about your stay because there are hundreds of hotels and rooms. You can easily find the best place by searching on the net out of the many places they offer. You can book safe hotel rooms with hygienic and sanitized environments like Dhaigude Residency or Leela Residency. The costs of stay are feasible, but as the waterfalls are located in a remote area, there are not many hotel rooms near the waterfalls.
Once you get settled in a hotel room, the next thought is about the things to see near the waterfalls.
Things to see when at Chinaman Waterfalls:
- Elephant’s Head Point and Kate’s point: This is a place at a distance of just 7 km from Mahabaleshwar Bus Stand. This place is called the elephant head point because of the natural formation of the shape of the mountain, which looks like an elephant’s head with a trunk. The kate’s point, which is at an altitude of 1290 m, and the elephant’s head point are both picturesque viewpoints from where you can see the whole city and surroundings.
- Arthur View Point: This is another viewpoint location at a distance of 13 km from Mahabaleshwar and is worth a visit. This place is famous for floating light objects. Due to low pressure, objects with less weight tend to come up when thrown down.
- Vajrai Falls: This falls made its place of the most popular tourist places in the monsoon in Maharashtra. This is about 41 km from Mahabaleshwar. A three-tier waterfall from a height of 853 feet is for sure a visit.
Some of the other places to see can be The Venna Lake, The Mahabaleshwar Temple, Elphinstone Point, Tapola, and many historic forts.
❖ Things to carry:
As Chinaman waterfalls lies in the region of Mahabaleshwar and has hills around, do not forget to take your cameras along so that you could click some beautiful moments. If you are planning to visit in monsoons then do carry the umbrella or raincoats to keep you safe.