IN & AROUND BHANDARDARA

Randha Falls (Seasonal)

Near Bhandardara dam (around 5 km).
There is a Ghorpada Devi Temple to visit on the way to the falls as well. Parking fees of 20 is charged for cars.

Temple has constructed walkways, photoshoot spots which makes viewing the falls safer than before.There are huge beehives on the other side.

Umbrella Falls (Seasonal)

Umbrella falls at the corner of the dam.
There is a little foot bridge that connects the Pravara River that one can use to cross and enjoy a closer look at the falls and the dam.

There is a few view point a few meters before (if travelling from Mumbai side, else after if travelling from pune side) the actual walkway to the falls, from where you can get a good view of the falls and the dam.

This waterfall is visible only when water is released from the Bhandardara dam.

Bhandardara Dam/Wilson Dam

The sunset boat ride at Arthur Lake is very enjoyable. The rides are open even as late as 7pm, & charge around 200 bucks for an hrs ride.

Arthur Lake

Also popularly known as Bhandardara Lake; came into existence when Wilson dam was built across Pravara River. Set like a huge jewel amidst dense canopied forests of the Sahyadri hills at a height of 750 meters, this clear and placid lake is one of the country’s largest lakes. The water level continues to be maintained by the river water and rainfall. Boating activities are also conducted on this lake.

Amruteshwar Temple

Amruteshwar temple is around 15 kms from Shendi village, where most of the resorts are located.

The drive to this temple is very interesting, as the drive has many types of terrain.

Pay forest dept toll to reach there. Rs.100/- per vehicle + Rs. 30/- Per person (Entry fee collected by Wildlife Sanctuary).

Cater for enough time as the entire “parikrama” of the lake has many other interesting spots and photo-shoot opportunities. This parikrama is about 40 kms.
The sky at night is very clear and you can see millions of stars twinkling. Ideal place for night camping and star gazing.

Agasti Rishi Ashram

Situated on the bank of the Pravara River, this legendary dwelling finds a place in the scripts of the Ramayana. Different mythical stories are associated with Rishi Agasti. According to the one, Agasti Rishi gave lord Rama a miraculous arrow by which he killed Ravana. 

Legend also has it that the Rishi meditated here for a year, living only on water and air.

Mount Kalsubai

A trekker’s paradise; towering over Bhandardara like a watchful sentinel at almost 5500 feet above the sea, it is the highest peak in Maharashtra. The peak is said to take its name from a Koli girl named Kalsu.

Kalsu, according to the story, was fond of wandering in the forest. One day she came to a village at the foot of the hill and took service with a Koli family on condition that she should not be asked to clean pots or to sweep. One day, one of the family ordered Kalsu to clean some pots and clear away some Utter. Immediately after being forced to do this, she climbed the hill and stayed on its top till her death.

The peak has a small temple dedicated to Devi Kalsu on the bit of platform only a few yards in circumference, with an old well in its backyard. Many Kolis worship her as their household goddess.

Explore Bhandardara

Ratangad Trek

Bhandardara History

Bhandardara has a glorious past, which stretches to the prehistoric period. The reference of nearby hills, temples, caves & people also comes into Hindu mythology.

In & Around Bhandardara

There are many popular places you can visit while in Bhandardara.

Flora and Fauna in Bhandardara

Bio-geographers have long recognized the distinctive plant and animal communities of this region. Many of these faunal and floral elements are not found anywhere else except in northeastern parts.

People and Culture

Unforgettable Whiff Of Countryside!