Thoseghar Falls in Satara, Maharashtra

1 Oct

Monsoon season in India provides everyone respite from the blistering heat and the entire landscape a much-needed makeover.  And for a very limited time frame, certain parts of Western India transform into a lush green landscape with beautiful azure lakes and seasonal waterfalls bursting forth through the hills.

We visited Satara in the monsoon season and saw a similar seasonal fall, called the Thoseghar waterfall. This Fall is the most famous in this area and is about a 20 Km drive from the Satara city. Set amidst a picturesque landscape of paddy fields and hills all around, it’s actually quite a beautiful sight.

The beautiful tree lined walkway to the Falls

The beautiful tree lined walkway to the Falls

We reached the waterfall by late afternoon and had the perfect lighting for photography.  Do note, that you cannot take your vehicle directly to the falls, and have to park it outside. From the parking area there is a short 7 – 10 minute easy walk to the Falls. There is also a very nominal ticket and they are very particular about littering in this area and around the Falls. I was so glad that they are seriously enforcing these rules and have been able to maintain cleanliness here.

Post a short walk we reached a newly constructed platform that provided a beautiful view of the fall. There are two streams of water falling on one side and a small fall opposite it. Though I have seen much bigger falls in Kerala, I liked this one for its sheer height, as the main fall in 250m high.

Thoseghar Falls

Thoseghar Falls

The small fall opposite the Thoseghar Fall

The small fall opposite the Thoseghar Fall

However, more than the falls, I loved the views around it. All along the hills here were dotted with windmills that were rotating and making a beautiful sight.

The windmills all around

The windmills all around

The entire hills around here were covered with the Karvi plants. These plants bloom only once in several years and transform the entire area into a violet landscape. They last flowered in 2008 and are expected to flower after every 9 years. I would definitely love to see this area then.

Hills covered with Karvi plants

Hills covered with Karvi plants

We had a great time photographing these sights and after a while walked back to the main entrance. All along the way we saw numerous other interesting plants and flowers like the small bitter amla fruit, the flower for curing snake bites, another variety of Karvi, etc.

Once outside the gate we had to have a quick tea break. So we had some tea from the local shop and the most amazingly fresh and juicy corn with it. I know, it’s quite a strange combination but the corn was freshly roasted and was super yum,  just too tasty to resist.

The super yum corn

The super yum corn

We then spent some time taking pictures of these small flowers all around here against the backdrop of the lush green paddy fields and then proceeded to see the windmills of Chalkewadi.

Small violet flowers

Small violet flowers

Overall quite a nice place for a quick visit along with Kaas.

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19 Responses to “Thoseghar Falls in Satara, Maharashtra”

  1. anoopjoseperunilam October 1, 2013 at 23:34 #

    good one !

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  2. Niranjan October 2, 2013 at 12:09 #

    Gorgeous waterfalls! Hope the water will not dry up anytime soon. Am there in two weeks time. 🙂

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    • Niranjan October 2, 2013 at 12:09 #

      Btw, excellent captures of the falls!

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    • getsetandgo October 2, 2013 at 21:31 #

      Hey, I think it should last for another 2 weeks as its still raining there. Have a good trip 🙂

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  3. My Unfinished Life (@MyUnfinishedlyf) October 2, 2013 at 13:45 #

    western ghats are definitely magical in rains!!!

    beautiful falls and lovely photographs!!

    http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

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    • getsetandgo October 2, 2013 at 21:33 #

      Thanks. This was my first tryst with the Western Ghats and I loved them too 🙂

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  4. Chef Drew October 3, 2013 at 00:25 #

    Great photos!

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  5. Paresh Kale October 3, 2013 at 13:17 #

    It surrounds with beautiful flowers of hundreds of species in Rainy season. Great place indeed for weekend !

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    • getsetandgo October 3, 2013 at 21:04 #

      We had been to Kaas and saw the beautiful flowers too 🙂

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  6. onetribe2010 October 5, 2013 at 10:28 #

    Amazing time to be in Satara with its abundance of beauty and rich history

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    • getsetandgo October 6, 2013 at 00:48 #

      Thats true. AT present monsoons have completely transformed the place 🙂

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  7. njoyeverymoment October 5, 2013 at 23:46 #

    Wow ….. Have to add this one to my weekend getaway 😊😊

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    • getsetandgo October 6, 2013 at 00:50 #

      Do try and visit it till the effects of rain are still there 🙂

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  8. Amy October 6, 2013 at 17:41 #

    Incredible shot of the waterfalls!

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    • getsetandgo October 16, 2013 at 12:41 #

      Thanks and this is one of my favorite shots too 🙂

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