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Kataldhar Waterfall Trek 2024

Kataldhar Waterfall

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About Kataldhar Waterfall Trek 

Kataldhar is located in Ulhas Valley near Lonavala on the route towards Udhewadi Village, the base village for Rajmachi Fort. The trek starts from Fanasrai Village, and there is only one route to reach Kataldhar Waterfall. Waterfalls are seasonal, available only during the monsoon season, and their level completely depends on the rain. It drains very quickly and can go dry if the rain stops for a few weeks. Kune Waterfall and Kataldhar Waterfall feed the Ulhas River, which flows to Thane and Vasai Creek.

The trek will lead us through dense forests and a slippery route. One has to be careful while descending and climbing from Kataldhar waterfall. Kataldhar can be seen from Shirvardhan Fort. Kataldhar Waterfall is an unknown hidden gem. A trek should not be attempted without a guide or experts, as the forest is dense and it is easy to lose your way. Caves have formed beneath the waterfall, which is only visible if the flow of the waterfall is moderate. Kataldhar Waterfall Rafting is conducted here when the flow of the waterfall is moderate. Kataldhar Waterfall is prone to flash floods; you have to be on high alert all the time and not venture too deep.

Highlights

  • Waterfall Height: 350-foot waterfall with a 100-foot overhang
  • Base village (start point of trek): Fanasrai Village
  • Region: Ulhas Valley, Lonavala
  • Kataldhar Waterfall Trek Distance: 9 km
  • Kataldhar Waterfall Trek Difficulty: Medium to Hard
  • Kataldhar Waterfall Trek: Endurance Medium
  • Trekking Route: Dense Forest Trail
  • Kataldhar photos: available in the photo gallery
  • Trekker Fitness and Endurance: Medium and BMI under 30
  • Time required for the Waterfall hike: 3 hours one way
  • Kataldhar Waterfall Trek Location: Rajmachi, Lonavala, Maharashtra
  • Best Time for Kataldhar Waterfall Trek: Monsoon Season
  • nearest railway station to Kataldhar waterfall is Lonavala.
  • Kataldhar distance from Pune: 70 km
  • Kataldhar distance from Mumbai: 95 km 
  • Kataldhar waterfall distance from Lonavala: 12 km
  • Washroom available at Base Village

From Mumbai

Day 1

09:15 am - Reach and Breakfast at Fanasrai Village

10:00 am - Start Journey towards the waterfall.

12:00 am - Reach Kataldhar waterfall.

01:00 pm - Start Return journey.

03:00 pm - Reach base village and have Lunch.

04:00 pm - Start return journey towards Mumbai.

10:00 pm - Approx. arrival at Mumbai.


From Pune

Day 1

  • 05:00 pm - Meet at McDonald's, Deccan.
  • 05:15 am - Move towards Kataldhar waterfall.
  • 05:30 am - Pick up at Chandani chowk.
  • 05:45 am - Pick up at Wakad Bridge / Rajyog Hotel.
  • 06:00 am - Pick up at Hinjewadi Chowk.

09:15 am - Reach and Breakfast at Fanasrai Village

10:00 am - Start Journey towards the waterfall.

12:00 am - Reach Kataldhar waterfall.

01:00 pm - Start Return journey.

03:00 pm - Reach base village and have Lunch.

04:00 pm - Start return journey towards Pune.

08:00 pm - Approx. arrival at Pune.

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Shibani Goutam
Shibani Goutam

I have planned many trips before with various travel agents and I must say you are one of the best Trek planner/Trek leads I have had the pleasure to interact with. We thank you very much for all your work and dedication to make this trip happen! Thanks to Satish and nikhil to complete the trek before sun burn .

Saloni Patil
Saloni Patil

Had my best time in Sandhan Valley trek even our guides were friendly, fantastic, showcasing expertise.I must highlight the remarkable quality of the meals provided during our trek.Highly recommended! your company and guide to anyone seeking an unforgettable outdoor experience.

Akshay Badiya
Akshay Badiya

I recently embarked on a trek with treks and trails, and the experience exceeded my expectations. The trek leaders were not only knowledgeable but also exceptionally friendly, creating a welcoming atmosphere throughout the journey. Their expertise shone through, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable trek.

Puneet Kadapatti
Puneet Kadapatti

Did Kalsubai Trek with the TNT team(Sunny/Sagar and Neha)
Met them on the Kasara Train and the moment we all gathered I had a Vibe this treks gonna be Awesome,

Utkarsh Kumbhare
Utkarsh Kumbhare

The trek leaders have good experience and are very helpful during trek with all the necessary details that one need to know.
I would suggest to carry minimum luggage as possible as the trek is demanding with high endurance so keeping the luggage at minimum only essentials like water, energy bars and drinks, will help you once the 75% bar of the trek is done😅....also would be nice if you practice cardio beforehand atleast 15-20 days if you don't go to gym, it will really aid you.
Overall a very good experience with treks and trails.


Inclusions

  • Tea and 1 Veg Breakfast
  • Pune to Pune travel by private non-Ac vehicle (Bus from Pune)
  • Mumbai to Mumbai travel by private Ac vehicle (Bus from Mumbai)
  • Trek Leader Expertise
  • E-certificate 

Exclusions

  • Please carry one time lunch
  • Entry fee for foreign nationals
  • Any insurance required
  • Anything not mentioned in cost includes

THINGS TO CARRY

  • 2/3 Liters of water
  • Proper face mask or shield
  • Sanitizer
  • Trekking Shoes provide more grip and comfort on the trek
  • One Day Backpack 20 to 30 litres
  • Sun Cap and Sunscreen
  • Personal First aid and Personal Medicine
  • Some Dry fruits / Dry Snacks / Energy Bars
  • Glucon D / ORS / Tang / Gatorade sachets
  • Good Torch must with an extra battery
  • Identity Proof
  • Please wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pant this will protect from Summer Sun / Thorns / Insects / Prickles
  • Rains are expected, so pack your bags accordingly to save them from getting wet
  • Double pack your valuables/phones in plastic bags
  • Rainwear / Poncho / Waterproof jacket etc. if you don’t want to get wet


HOW TO REACH

How to reach Kataldhar Waterfall from Mumbai?

To reach Kataldhar Waterfall from Mumbai, you can drive through the Mumbai-Pune Expressway to Lonavala, then take the route via Khopoli and Pali to reach Fanasrai Village, where the trek to the waterfall begins. Alternatively, you can take a local train from Mumbai to Lonavala, and from there, hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach Fanasrai Village and start the trek to Kataldhar Waterfall with the assistance of a guide or trekking experts.

How to reach Kataldhar Waterfall from Pune?

To reach Kataldhar Waterfall from Pune, you can either drive to Lonavala and then proceed towards Udhewadi Village, which serves as the base for the Rajmachi Fort trek. From there, continue to Fanasrai Village, where the trek to Kataldhar Waterfall begins. Alternatively, you can take a local train from Pune to Lonavala and then hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach Udhewadi Village and Fanasrai Village to start the trek.

It's important to be cautious during the monsoon season due to potential slippery conditions and to check the status of the waterfall and weather before planning your trip.


Policy and Terms

  • 75% refund if notified via phone conversation 8 or more days prior to the event date.
  • 50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 4 to 7 days prior to the event date.
  • No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days prior to the event date
  • No show No Refund.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.
  • If Trek gets canceled, we will refund "Trek Amount" only.
  • If the event is canceled due to any natural calamity, political unrest or other such reasons beyond our control the same cancellation policy will apply.

Terms and Conditions

TREKS AND TRAILS EVENTS RULES

  • Kindly carry one Identity proof, at least for the trek with your address.
  • We all are going for an adventurous and exciting trekking expedition; please Do Not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR.
  • The leader's decision will be final, and all the members should abide by it.
  • We do not destroy or dirty the archaeological, historical monuments, or natural habitats on the trek.
  • Swimming is not allowed in the lake or water tank on the forts. Locals use that water for drinking.
  • Putting your feet in water tanks or on the canon is not allowed on our treks.
  • Any addiction is strictly prohibited, e.g. drinking, smoking, chewing tobacco anyone caught doing it will have to exit the trek without a refund and travel back on own expense.
  • People caught smoking or drinking alcohol will be asked to exit the event on an immediate basis.
  • Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewellery, etc. If carried, then we Do Not take any liability for the same.
  • Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking, or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events, you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner.
  • We should strictly follow the code of conduct to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or outside.
  • Listening to music on earphones or Bluetooth speakers is not allowed while trekking.
  • Bluetooth speaker not allowed inside the homestay or camping tents.
  • Drinking/smoking,/eating is not allowed inside the tents.
  • If you damage the tent, break the tent poles, you will have to pay us for the whole new tent on MRP.
  • If you are late for the bus pickup and are not reachable on the phone during your bus pickup, the trek leader will leave without you, and we will provide no refund.
  • Please check things to carry and wear trekking shoes on our treks. 

Frequest Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you an adventurer who loves trekking? Completing a trek can be a life-changing experience that leaves you with unforgettable memories. To commemorate your achievement, TreksandTrails provides e-certificates to all participants who successfully complete their trek. These e-certificates include your name, the name of the trek you completed, the date of completion, and a digital signature from TreksandTrails. They are a perfect way to showcase your accomplishment to the world and share your trekking journey with your loved ones. By receiving an e-certificate from TreksandTrails, you can proudly display your achievement on your social media platforms and inspire others to embark on their own adventures.  

Here are some FAQs about our e-certificates:

Q: What is an e-certificate for trekkers and hikers?

A: An e-certificate is a digital certificate awarded to participants upon completion of a trek or hike. It serves as proof of participation and achievement.

Q: How do I receive an e-certificate from TreksandTrails?

A: Upon completion of your trek or hike with TreksandTrails, you will be sent an email with a link to your e-certificate. You can download it from the link and save it on your device or share it on social media platforms.

Q: Can I share my e-certificate on social media platforms?

A: Yes, you can share your e-certificate on all social media platforms. The e-certificate is designed to be easily shareable, so you can show off your achievement to your friends and family.

Eligibility Criteria for a Trekking Certificate:

To be eligible for a trekking certificate, individuals must demonstrate adherence to safety rules, teamwork, and cooperation.

Participants must achieve the following requirements for earning a trekking certificate: completion of the trek; physical fitness; teamwork and cooperation; knowledge of safety rules; environmental awareness; a positive attitude; great attendance; and punctuality. We appreciate their commitment to the sport of trekking and acknowledge their achievements.

e-certificate TNT

1. How difficult is the Kataldhar Waterfall trek?

The Kataldhar trek can be challenging because the forest is very dense, and in some areas, sunlight doesn't reach the ground. The forest is damp and dark, with trails that can be confusing, increasing the chances of getting lost. Overall, it is considered a moderate to difficult trek.

2. What is the best time to visit Kataldhar Waterfall?

The monsoon season, which lasts from June up to September, is the best time to visit Kataldhar Waterfall because this is the time of year when the waterfall is at its peak.

3. What is the height of the Kataldhar waterfall trek?

The Kataldhar waterfall trek takes you to a stunning 350-foot waterfall with a 100-foot overhang. The trek offers a captivating experience as you witness the water cascading down and immerse yourself in the serene surroundings. Reaching the top rewards you with a breathtaking view of the waterfall and the surrounding landscape. This adventure allows you to connect with nature, appreciate its beauty, and create lasting memories of an awe-inspiring journey.

4. Kataldhar waterfall trek distance and location

The distance of the Kataldhar Waterfall Trek is approximately 3–4 kilometres and is located in Rajmachi, Lonavala, Maharashtra.

5. Are there any safety tips to keep in mind while trekking to Kataldhar Waterfall?

During the monsoon season, it's best to wear proper trekking shoes, bring enough water, and be careful when walking on slippery paths.

6. Kataldhar waterfall distance from Mumbai and Pune

The Kataldhar Waterfall is about 95 kilometres away from Mumbai and about 70 kilometres away from Pune. It is in Rajmachi, Lonavala, Maharashtra, and offers nature lovers a refreshing trekking experience. The waterfall is close to both major cities, which makes it easy to visit for a day or for a weekend. Whether you live in Mumbai or Pune, going to Kataldhar Waterfall is a great way to get away from the busy city and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the Western Ghats.

7. Are there any accommodations or camping options near the trek?
Yes, there are accommodations and camping options available near the Kataldhar Waterfall Trek in Rajmachi, Lonavala.

8. Are there any other attractions or activities near Kataldhar Waterfall that I can explore?

Yes, you can do more than just the Kataldhar Waterfall trek. Here are some of them:

Rajmachi Fort is nearby and is a great place to learn about history and architecture. It has great views of the valleys around it and is a popular place for hikers and people who are interested in history.

The Kondhane Caves are a group of old Buddhist caves near Kataldhar Waterfall. They have intricate carvings and show some of the rich cultural history of the area.

Bhairavnath Temple is a religious site of great importance. It is in the village of Rajmachi. It brings in devotees and provides a peaceful place to pray and think.

Visapur Fort is another important historical site in the area. It is close by. It has beautiful views and lets you look at old buildings and ruins.

Tungarli Lake is a beautiful lake surrounded by lots of greenery. It's a great place to take a stroll or have a picnic. It's a peaceful place to get away from the busy city.

Trek to Lohagad Fort: If you want more trekking adventures, you can consider trekking to Lohagad Fort, which is close by. It is a well-known fort because of its historical importance and beautiful views.

9. How to trek with kids during a trek?

Trekking with kids can be a fantastic family adventure! Here are some tips to make it a great experience: Choose trails suitable for their age and abilities. Pack plenty of snacks, water, and their favorite treats to keep their energy up. Encourage them to explore and appreciate nature along the way. Take regular breaks for rest and games. Ensure they have comfortable shoes and dress in layers for the changing weather. Embrace the adventure together and create lasting memories. Have fun!

10. Which trek do you recommend for kids around Mumbai?

For kid-friendly treks near Mumbai, there are several options to choose from. Sondai, Karnala, and Lohagad offer scenic trails with moderate difficulty suitable for children. Prabalmachi, Matheran, and Korigad provide a mix of nature and historical exploration. Jambulmal and One Tree Hill are ideal for shorter treks with beautiful views. Dodhani Village in Matheran is another excellent choice for a family-friendly trek. Each of these destinations offers a unique experience and a chance for kids to connect with nature while enjoying the outdoors.

Kids trek near Mumbai - click here

11. Is it safe to go on a trek during monsoon in Maharashtra?

Trekking in Maharashtra during the monsoon season can be safe if proper precautions are taken. It is critical to choose well-maintained trails, listen to experienced guides, and stay up to date on weather conditions. Avoid going into unsafe regions or attempting dangerous river crossings. Always prioritise safety and be ready for slippery terrain and unpredictable weather.

12. How to protect your gadgets in monsoon trek

To protect your gadgets during a monsoon trek, take essential precautions. Invest in waterproof covers or cases for your gadgets and use a dry bag or waterproof pouch to store them when not in use. Ziplock bags can provide additional protection. Place silica gel packs in your bags to absorb moisture. Use umbrellas or rain covers to shield your gadgets from rain. Avoid submerging them in water and consider backing up your data regularly. Carry power banks or extra batteries for backup power. Being cautious will help ensure the safety of your gadgets in wet conditions.

13. What should I pack for a monsoon trek in Maharashtra?

Pack essential items such as a waterproof backpack, rainproof jacket, quick-drying clothing, extra pairs of socks, trekking shoes with good grip, insect repellent, a waterproof cover for electronic devices, and a first aid kit. Carry enough water and energy snacks as well.

14. Are leeches a problem during monsoon treks in Maharashtra?

Yes, leeches can be encountered during monsoon treks in Maharashtra, especially in forested areas. To protect yourself, wear long socks, tuck your pants into your socks, and apply insect repellent on your legs. Carry a salt or lime solution to detach leeches if they attach to your skin.

15. What are some popular monsoon treks in Maharashtra?

Some popular monsoon treks in Maharashtra include HarishchandragadRajmachiAndharbanKalsubaiBhimashankarTikona FortTorna FortRatangadNaneghat, and Visapur Fort. These treks offer scenic beauty and a unique experience during the monsoon season.

16. Why should you join Treks and Trails? Are you looking for a safe trekking experience?

We are an experienced, all-inclusive trekking company with curated routes and safe treks for solo women travelers. We offer group discounts and have been featured in all the leading newspapers. Join us on our next Mumbai to Mumbai Trek!

You'll be able to explore remote villages, meet new people, and enjoy the beauty of India's countryside without any worries about safety or security. Our team is here to make your journey as enjoyable as possible so you can focus on what matters most - enjoying yourself!

 

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