Just few years back, Devkund was completely unknown to the rest of world! You will not find a single person going there!! Now after recommendation by India’s number one trekking blog TrekBook India This breathtaking waterfall of Dekund almost at an hour distance from Pune city has became a most famous trekking spot for Mumbai & Pune trekkers.
How to reach Devkund from Pune & Mumbai?
You have options of going through ST Bus from Pali to Bhira dam. Another option is to drive down through Tamhini ghat. But as on July 2018, government has restricted access to Devkund waterfalls. The vehicles are stopped 2 kilometers before Bhira dam and you need to walk. Also you are not allowed to goto Devkund waterfalls (as on 11 July 2018)
Remember that this trek is of medium difficulty level and one need to take extreme care since last year there was death of 2-3 techies due to drowning in river crossing. So what I mean to say is do not underestimate this trek, it can be fatal if proper care is not taken. So make sure that your trek organizer has got certificate as per Government of Maharashtra GR which says that it is compulsory to have certificate from recognized mountaineering institute to conduct a trek, also further the GR says that trek organizer must ensure that there is one Doctor present along with the trek ! I am not sure how many trekking organizers are aware of this GR and respect it. Very few NGOs like FONA conducts trek with certified trek guides and doctors at reasonable price. (Being NGO its possible)
Mist & Waterfalls :
As soon as you touch the Tamhini ghat through Mulshi dam way, you will experience mist and numerous waterfalls around !! The way till Bhira dam via Tamhini Ghat is just awesome, I am sure you will love it … a lifelong experience indeed.
After reaching Bhira dam, you have space to park bus near the petrol pump. (in fact when you come back you can also request the pump owner to give space to change the cloths, as a courtesy he helps by allowing ladies to change cloths in small room)
After parking, you can check for any local guide and bargain for the group price, at the same time you can also book your lunch here ( I am assuming that you have reached Bhira at 8 am and then planning to come back by 2 pm for lunch) … if you already have trek guide with you then no issues at all !
Proceed to the Devkund trail, taking care that you have rope with you which will be helpful while crossing the rivers across and multiple streams.
WARNING :If you don’t know swimming then do not enter into the pond.
Best landmark for Devkund trek start point :
Tata power plant at Bhira or Bhira Dam
Near Bhira village/dam, Raigad district, Maharashtra (India)
This year 2018 onward there is an entry fee imposed for this trek, locals charge 100 Rs per person as entry fees for Devkund trek.
Walking time till Devkund :
2 hours, road is slippery, so take care to wear proper trekking shoes
Remember that you will need to cross few water streams, which become dangerous if raining begins, in few minutes the flow will increase to incredible levels, so be careful please.
Difficulty level – Medium
Best Time to visit:
After monsoon / Early winter
Warning : Do not visit it during peak monsoon, read news of last year 2017 about death after which the Devkund waterfalls was closed for 3 months
Do read useful article 15 Important Things to Carry for Trek in India
How to reach Devkund from Pune & Mumbai?
Pune to Devkund – Bhira dam distance is 100 kms
Mumbai to Devkund – Bhira dam distance is 124 kms
Lonavala to Devkund – Bhira dam distance: 52 km
Nashik to Devkund – Bhira dam distance is 150 kms
Directly drive down to Bhira village. Road is good for any car. Reach the TATA power plant near Bhira dam which is the major landmark to reach Devkund trek. [By car > Karjat – Khopoli – Pali – Bhira Dam]
From Mumbai to devkund waterfall by Tran & Bus:
Mumbai to Karjat to Khopoli by train > Khopoli to Pali ( ST bus ) > Pali to Bhira (STbus )
Pali to Bhira ST Bus timings are as follows :
Pali to Bhira
6.15, 8.45, 10.15, 13.45, 15, 16, 17.30, 18.40
Bhira to Pali
7.15, 8.20, 10.30, 14.45, 16, 18.15
From Pune to devkund waterfall by Tran & Bus:
Pune to Karjat by train > Karjat to Khopoli (train) > Khopoli to Pali ( ST bus ) > Pali to bhira (ST bus )
By Car > Swargate > Katraj > Taminighat > Patnus > Bhira Dam
By Railway :
Kolad station on Konkan railway is near most railway station.
Kolad railway station to Bhira dam distance is 46 kms.
Hire a private vehicles from the station till Bhira dam.
– Mangaon railway station on Konkan Railway, 30km away
– Lonavala railway station on Central Railway, 82km away
Entry Fee / Cost of trek from Mumbai:
No entry fees (however as per latest news trek to Devkund is banned)
60 Rs = Train cost, from CST to Khopoli (return ticket)
102 Rs = Bus cost from Khopoli – Pali (return ticket)
40 Rs = Bus cost from Pali to Bhira Village (Return ticket)
Total cost of Devkund trek is 202 Rs
Also you need to hire a local guide who will charge 100 Rs per person, so total trek cost would be around 302 Rs.
Accommodation/ Staying Options:
No accommodation available and camping is not recommended by us. [it comes under preserved forest as well as wild animals are there]
Food and hotels:
No food option near the waterfall.
Carry your own food and water with you.
Or ask the villagers and they will make arrangements based on paid basis. (Ask for Shelar mama)