Kataldhara is the destination of a picturesque waterfall located amidst the Ulhas valley near Lonavala in Pune district of Maharashtra. It is situated at Rajmachi Point which is about 6.5 km away from Lonavala. The Kataldhara waterfall is famous among trekkers and adventure lovers for its awe-inspiring beauty and scintillating visuals. This waterfall is also known as “Horse Shoe Waterfall”. It is really a daunting task to reach the valley for those who have no previous trekking experience because the approach terrain is very narrow and sharp.
Kataldhara waterfall is not active throughout the year because the water flow is created by the rainwater which comes gushing down through the valley. The region gets unusually heavy rains which add to the spectacular sight of the valleys unfolded at the peak during monsoons. The water level in the waterfall increases fast as soon as the rains gather momentum. Water level can precisely become double in a matter of time. It is better not to take any undue risks by entering the swimming area when the rainstorm is heavy.
It is compulsory that you carry strong ropes and quality trekking gears to surmount the steep climb that comes across the route. It is highly recommended that you have an experienced member in your team who is aware of the location because it is very easy to get lost in the dense forest stretch as the route to the site is very tricky.
There is also a cave situated below the waterfall but it can’t be viewed when the waterfall is at its peak. At times, the cave is easily accessible. You can take rest here to give your muscles time to recover after the tiring journey.
You can also enjoy Water Rappelling at this site. If you want to explore the nature’s beauty at its very best, visit Kataldhara Waterfall and get totally enthralled.
Trek to Rajmachi Village, Dist. Pune,
Taluka: Maval District: Pune
State: Maharashtra Languages: Marathi, Hindi
Best Time to Visit: June-March Weather: 15°C to 42°C (Max.)
STD Code: 02114 Pin Code: 410405
Nearest airports are at Pune (77 km) and Mumbai (95 km) and are well connected to major cities of India and abroad.
Nearest railway station is at Lonavala, 8 km away from the falls and is well linked with major cities of India. It lies on Mumbai-Pune rail route.
There are number of buses, both private and state-run at fairly frequent intervals to Lonavala. The best way to reach here is by car or hiring a taxi. Take the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and leave it at the Lonavala bypass. Then, take the old Mumbai-Pune highway and look for Gurukul High School. From here, you have to head towards the valley and trek for about 2 km to reach the desired spot.
Pune – 77 km
Mumbai – 95 km
Kolhapur – 300 km
Hyderabad – 629 km