Drive through Varandha Ghat

Varandha Ghat drive - waterfalls

Tamhini Ghat is the name which most people recollect if you were to ask for the best place to drive through for watching waterfalls during the monsoon. But this is mostly because of the famous mulshi dam in its vicinity. Not many are aware of Varandha ghat. A mention of this ghat usually is accompanied by comments like “not a place to go alone”, “lonely” etc. This is what makes Varandha ghat such a wonderful place to go to.

Varandha Ghat drive - waterfalls

There are lot of waterfalls in tamhini, but most of them are hidden within the thick forests on the sides of the road. In Varandha, the volume of water flow in the waterfalls are much higher. The kids along with us kept referring to them as “Milk Shake waterfalls with the dirtier ones becoming the chocolate shake waterfalls! They are also easily accessible with dozens of big ones just on the road. It was difficult to keep an eye on the road while driving with every turn bringing another waterfall into view.

How to go to Varandha Ghat from Pune: Go to Nh4 and towards the kapurhol crossing. When going from Pune, you would see the left turn for the road to Narayanpur Balaji Temple. Just 10-20 metres ahead, a small road goes to the right. You can easily miss this, so watch out for the exit after you come to the Narayanpur road. This is the road to Bhor. This is a narrow road which goes through Bhor Ghat and then a long flat section and then climbs into Varandha Ghat. If you cross Varandha ghat and get down on the other side, you would touch NH17, the Goa highway. The third point marked in the map below is the main view point.


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Some points about the drive through Varandha Ghat

  • Going from NH4, the last civilization is at Bhor. After that it is around 40-50 kms of wilderness. It is better to go in more than 1 vehicle as a puncture will leave you totally stranded.
  • There is no network coverage for most of the distance on the ghat. We were travelling 4 cars. One of them had gone a bit ahead while we were at a waterfall. The next time we could establish contact was at Bhor after 30 kms.
  • The road is narrow, though in a better condition as compared to Tamhini w.r.t potholes. But the sides of the road are jagged and you have to be careful if you go too close to the edge of the tarred section

Though there are dozens of points along the way to consume your entire time, the main view point is the Waghjai Mata mandir, where you will find many tea shops. The view (when there is no mist) is incomparable. You can see waterfalls as far as your eye can see. There is a huge valley and on the other side, there are steep cliffs. There are two huge waterfalls visible to the north east corner (as you see from the road). These are worthy enough to be named (i am sure that americans would have done so!). It was also extremely windy at this point because of the surrounding valleys. The swaying of the grass due to the wind was a sight to behold. Watch the video below. Nature at her best!

Varandha Ghat drive - waterfalls

Varandha Ghat drive - waterfalls

Varandha Ghat drive - waterfalls

Varandha Ghat drive - waterfalls

We spent a lot of time close to this view point, not exactly close to the tea shops, but just before the u-turn at the end. We came to Varandha from Nh17 and just as we turned, the whole vista spread out before us.

Varandha Ghat drive - waterfalls

Varandha Ghat drive - waterfalls

Varandha Ghat drive - waterfalls

if you have the time and interest, you can do a round trip from Pune – go through either Tamhini or varandha ghat and come back the other way. We went through Tamhini and came back through Varandha. It takes a toll on your body and vehicle, but it is worth it 🙂

Varandha Ghat drive - waterfalls

Varandha Ghat drive - waterfalls

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49 Responses

  1. Sarang Kulkarni says:

    Vardana Ghat is very awesome place to see waterfalls and natural beauty. I visited this place on 14th August 2017. Its very cool and cloudy place.

    You can’t enjoying this ghat if you drive at evening time, b.coz that is cloudy area and cant’t able to see roads after 7:30 PM.

    There is single road to drive , must be halt at side to pass car / busses .
    this ghat is too difficult drive at evening time in monsoon(Rainy) season.

    google map shows “shortcut way” to reach at pune from kokan. use alternative mahabaleshwar road to reach pune.
    don’t use this road at night. vardhana ghat distance near about 60km -70km approximate.

    finally got awesome experience in life, with drive car & pass vardhana ghat in time 5:00PM to 8:30PM.

    plz. enjoy vardhana ghat in day period.

  2. Vikash Sharma says:

    This was my third visit to varandhghat I visited in the year2013,2015 and on 12.08.2017 in the year 2013 we experienced the nature’s beauty the most while returning from the shivthirugal we experienced the clouds below the mountains though no air for our enova till NH4 In the last visit we experienced the same problem we took our snacks and meal with us otherwise It would be a big problem.the varandhghat is most beautiful connect with nature

  3. Mehaboob Patel says:

    Hi Rajaram,

    We are visitng to this place tomorrow. What else we can do through out our journey and which are the places to visit here. Please share your experience with us so that we can plan better.

  4. Raman says:

    Hi Rajaram, nice blog.
    I am planning to go through Verandah ghats in an XUV. I have not driven on ghats before, what do you suggest I take care of? Is it safe?
    Please reply on mail. Thanks for your time. 🙂

  5. replied on email.

  6. Mayur says:

    Hi Rajaram,

    Its a very nice piece of information about not very know road in sahyadri. Thanks a lot for sharing it.
    I am planning to go Velneshwar on 6th March. There are 2 3 route options for us but as I have already covered other so thinking to go via Varandha Ghat.
    We are two people going by one bike, so do you think it is ok to go by this route in March? (I know there will be no good scenery at this time of year, we just want to enjoy road and ghat)
    Also it would be good if you share the road condition after Varandha Ghat (ie. Mahad to Chiplun).

    Thanks again for information, looking forward for your reply.:)

    Mayur

  7. Rajaram S says:

    replied on mail

  8. Dhananjay says:

    Planning to go to Dapoli via Varandha ghat coming April. Haven’t been through this ghat before. Could you please tell me how difficult this ghat is for drive. Is it one way ghat or both way traffic. also roughly how long the ghat is ?

    Thanks

  9. Rajaram S says:

    replied on email

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