The definition of a short vacation differs for every traveler. Some want to get themselves pampered at a luxurious resort, others look for adrenaline rush, and a few are happy exploring the prominent places at the nearby weekend getaways. Besides this, there’s another interesting category of travelers who love visiting waterfalls – one of the most captivating natural wonders on this planet. The sight of water falling from a height is beautiful, to say the least. If you happen to fall in the fourth category that openly accepts being attracted to waterfalls, we suggest that you must explore waterfalls in and around Mahabaleshwar. Far from the maddening crowd, these falls are located at serene locations where you can feel an instant connect with the nature. Are you already hearing the sound of water and feeling the cool breeze? Without much ado, let’s take you to an unspoiled world of natural beauty. Here is our list of five mesmerizing waterfalls in and close to Mahabaleshwar.

1. Dhobi Waterfall, Mahabaleshwar

Dhobi Waterfall, Mahabaleshwar

Dhobi Waterfall | #1 of 5 Waterfalls in Mahabaleshwar

Facing the famous Elphinstone Point, Dhobi Waterfall is set amidst a lush green valley. The fall is surrounded by rocks on all the sides that have turned green because of continuous water falling on them. The water falls into a deep valley and further merges with the Koyna River. The waterfall is named so as it was once a prominent washing place. Its surreal location and proximity to Mahabaleshwar town have made it a popular picnic spot. 

  • Location: Old Mahabaleshwar-Petit Road

2. Chinaman’s Falls

Chinaman’s Falls

Chinaman’s Falls | #2 of 5 Waterfalls in Mahabaleshwar

One of the most popular falls in Maharashtra, Chinaman’s Falls got its name because of Chinese who looked after the place in the bygone days. The waterfall is the perfect place to spend quality time amidst the wild. The water from two different points cascades down from the height of 500 meters and merges into a stream. Though you can visit the fall throughout the year, we recommend a visit during monsoon as the place looks more captivating and exotic.

  • Location: Tapola Road

3. Lingmala Waterfall

Lingmala Waterfall

Lingmala Waterfall | #3 of 5 Waterfalls in Mahabaleshwar

Lingmala Waterfall is the perfect example of the most unspoiled form of natural beauty. Formed by the Venna River, the waterfall is situated at an altitude of 1278 meters. The river, in fact, makes two waterfalls – the main and mini waterfall. The sound and sight of water falling from the height of 500 meters is one of the aspects that visitors love about the main fall. The mini waterfall is about 30 minutes’ walk from the main fall, and is an ideal place to swim and relax in calm waters. If you are a photographer or a nature lover, make sure to visit this awe-inspiring waterfall.

  • Location: Panchgani – Mahabaleshwar Rd

4. Bhilar Waterfall

A relatively less explored tourist spot, Bhilar Waterfall comes to its form only during monsoon. The waterfall originates from the Kundalika River and cascades down from the height of almost 350 meters. The spot is surrounded by dense flora, hence, a treat to the eyes.

  • Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 16.2 km
  • Location: Panchgani – Mahabaleshwar Rd

5. Vajrai Waterfall

Vajrai Waterfall

Vajrai Waterfall | #5 of 5 Waterfalls in Mahabaleshwar

One of the most spectacular waterfalls in Maharashtra, Vajrai Waterfall is a three-tier fall near the Kas Flower Valley. The 560 meters high fall originates from the Urmodi River and is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India. The lush green surroundings and tranquillity of the place attract peace seekers. One has to trek a little to reach the base of the fall. Swimming is prohibited at the waterfall because of the deep ponds.

  • Distance from Mahabaleshwar: 41.4 km
  • Location: Kas-Bamnoli Road, Kas

Mahabaleshwar truly is a hidden gem. The waterfalls in and around Mahabaleshwar are ideal to spend good time with loved ones. Whether you are a local or are visiting the city, make sure to have a trip to one of these waterfalls.