Vandri Lake 2022 – Waterfall | Dam | Camping and More

“Vandri lake is a monsoon blessing to many like this one location seems to be an ideal one day picnic spot and a superb location for overnight camping inside woods (Dense Forest area).

The year 2022 monsoon be happy, As this attraction was closed till the 2021 monsoon due to Covid restrictions. Vandri is much near to Vasai Virar location and attractions like Dam, Waterfalls, and Camping makes it a perfect monsoon destination for bikers, cyclists and family friends too..”

Madpan View Point
Madpan View Point

The Lake

Trust me, Vandri lake is huge and not much found in Wiki so can be said as less explored. Compare it with any other lakes inside Mumbai or just check the map, A huge blue zone around the greenery is what can be seen. It’s an isolated lake deep inside mountains terrain, about 5 Km deep from National Highway 48.

This place is often frequented by locals, bikers, and groups of cyclists too. Most talk about the Sunrise attraction which is of course very beautiful when you are standing near a waterfall, Overlooking the dam towards the mountains from where the Sun rises slowly giving reflections to lake water and surroundings.

An important point to be noted here is that outsiders (Non-Local Villagers) are allowed post 7:00 Am inside the lake & dam area for the safety and security of everyone since the place is isolated and serene.

So lucky if you got a chance to click some selfies and landscape images of a rising sun early morning here. But there is more to the location attractions post Sunrise. 3 main attractions to explore around this lake are :

Dam and Waterfall

  • Dam and Waterfall

    Once you are inside on Vandri lake road (Off-Highway), at about 3.5 Km you will see a small Sign Board (White Colour, On the left) with a small lane heading inside on the left side. That is the pathway to reach the Waterfall, just about 500 meters before you reach the Madpan lake viewpoint.

    Trust me, You will really like the width and length of Vandri waterfall and that huge flowing pathway. Since the water overflows from the lake area and is not like other waterfalls that fall from mountains, The height is not to be thought of.

    Yet the water force, flowing stream, width, access, and safety to enjoy the freshwater is a thumbs up. Cross fingers for the year 2022 and this Monsoon Heaven.

    As said Vandri waterfall is very safe. A huge group of more than 100 people can enjoy themselves together at various spots inside the flowing stream. You will find small shades and local fishermen on either side and a few fishing nets around.

    Although safe, the currents and water flow are to be taken care of for kids and ladies who are not used to it. Park your car on the road adjacent and head towards the dam or waterfall location.

    At the entry point of the waterfall is a small shade where a villager couple has a shop to prepare Vada pav, Bhajiyas, and Tea. Hot and crispy made after your order and no need to say, how it feels like eating hot bhajiyas with chai at such locations surrounded by greenery, streams, and waterfalls.

    I think the pictures of waterfall, dam and lake on this page talks better, So let me end up here. See also : Best waterfalls near Mumbai

  • Madpan View Point

    Hardly 5 minutes ride ahead and you reach this scenic/picturesque location, Often referred to as the lake viewpoint. It is a small hilly slop adjacent to the lake with ample tree shades for those who come in summer too. You can park your bike, cycle, and car right in front of this lake and have a wide-open front view of the beautiful huge lake and the greenery around. When I visited, I saw a beautiful couple with their car parked and enjoying the very moment of nature around.

    Madpan point is also a preferred spot for film shoots as we saw a small crew with vanity etc already at the spot as the day has a perfect climate, not-so-heavy rains, and bright enough to shoot. Pin Drop silent is what you can expect at Madpan which brings the sound of nature, The chirping birds around, or else soothing music that goes along the location to make a perfect environment will also do.

  • The Scenic Dam Walkway

    Adjacent to the waterfall is a small rough walking path that takes you to the top, The main walkway location of Vandri lake dam. If you are here in monsoon, You or someone in your group will immediately give a ‘WOW reaction’ as soon reached on top.

    That soothing sound of the waterfall with water rushing down on the left side, a Huge lake right in front, and many green mountains all around make it irresistible to pull out cameras for selfies and to capture those beautiful moments around. Few photos and videos on this page will give you a glimpse. A perfect location for that ME time. CAUTION: Although safe, if you are with kids, you must make a point to hold their hands and give special attention at this location.

Address and Route

Vandri Lake Map
Vandri Lake Map

Many people think Vandri lake is located in Vasai or Virar area, But that is not the fact. It is near these locations at a distance of about 37 Km from Virar station and 22 Km from Virar Highway (Shirsad Naka) in the Palghar district. Although the map is my best friend now, To help with my personal experience I will detail some extras and the exact address of this multi-attraction monsoon destination with a Dam, Waterfall, and a very huge and serene lake to reach.

Route : MumbaiAndheriBorivaliBhayandar CreekVasaiVirarShirsad NakaCrossing Tansa River BridgeCrossing Khaniwade Toll PlazaNext 15 Km to Nakoda Dham Jain Temple (Dhekale Village)Keep left and take bridge subway to cross other sideYou are on now on Vandri Lake road4.2 Km to Vandri lake (Madpan view point).
Address: Vandri Lake, Jayshet, Palghar District, Off Mumbai Ahmedabad Highway, Right turn below the Flyover bridge from Nakoda Dham Jain Temple, Maharashtra 401404.
Time: To reach from Mumbai to Vandri lake: 82 Km taking about 2 hours with minor traffic as expected.
Car Parking: Ample space near Madpan Point and Dam Waterfall area also. Yes, the car can reach till Waterfall and lake area.
Things to note: Strictly keep premise clean, Fishing strictly prohibited (Only Local Villagers allowed to do Fishing here).
Vandri Lake Road Condition: Narrow Concrete road with hardly any potholes, Safe to drive.
Location Safety For Family: Village area is friendly. Lake and waterfall area is isolated and serene so recommended to move out before sunset. Overall, Safe for family and friends.

Overnight Camping

Little ahead on Vandri lake road at some 4 to 6 km, Once you cross the lake area are camping points ideal for overnight camping in a natural unguarded forest area with no electricity, hardly any mobile networks. Just you and wild nature with water streams, the dense forest around. It can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience available near Mumbai. Little information found about the same and available details is below. Possibly 2 of the organizers who arrange overnight camps here as detailed below :

  • Castra Into The Woods : Castra, Jayshet Village, Thakur pada, Vandri Lake Road, Dhekale, Maharashtra 401404
  • Renature Camping In The Woods : Jayshet Village, Thakur pada, Vandri Lake Road, Dhekale, Maharashtra 401404

Both of these camp locations are adjacent / near to each other a few kilometers ahead of the main lake area. In the dense forest with narrow concrete roads, you will find multiple water streams flowing in monsoon with water rushing down from mountains on one side of the road reaching the lake via those streams (See pictures). I personally entered the stream as the picture on this page and trust me it was a superb experience. Some seasonal fruits like Carissa spinarum (‘Karvanda’ in Hindi) etc can be seen inside this area.

More details will be added as soon as received.

Camping Pictures Courtesy : Amey Pimpale.

Other Places to See near Vasai Virar highway area : Vajreshwari and Ganeshpuri temples and Hot water springs, Tungareshwar and Chinchoti waterfalls, Bhajanlal for Dairy delicacies, Mahavir Dham Jain Temple, More about Vasai Virar attractions here and Monsoon hangout locations here.

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My love towards Mumbai city took me to passion blogging from hobby. Upon quitting job, now i am one of the online city & travel guide since 2007. Hope my efforts helps citizen, foreign nationals & tourists in some or other ways.

11 thoughts on “Vandri Lake 2022 – Waterfall | Dam | Camping and More

  • August 19, 2019 at 10:32 am
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    I visited vandri lake yesterday. It is really a good place. Since people are not much aware of it best part less crowded. I really liked the way you have address each and very thing about vandri lake. It is quite precise and give perfect knowledge about the place. Keep the good work. Stay blessed.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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    Very nice place, serene , untouched, not so crowded hence pure in feel. Though I visited only lake and dam area but surroundings must also be equally beautiful.. your description helps a lot. Thanks..

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  • September 7, 2021 at 9:58 am
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    Very Nicely described & justification done to such a scenic hidden place.
    For 1st time in life, I am writing comment on any blog.

    I would like to use some of the sentences in my amateur youtube video.
    I been there 3 times since last lockdown.
    Thanks.

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  • January 30, 2022 at 12:07 pm
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    Well ..all the great affort with sincere curiosity for feedabck…Thanks shukriya…keep doing great…

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