“Vandri lake is a monsoon blessing to many as this one location seems to be an ideal one day picnic spot and a superb location for overnight camping inside woods (Dense Forest area).
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..”
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. Its an isolated lake deep inside mountains terrain, about 5 Km deep from National Highway 48.
This place is often frequented by locals, bikers and group of cyclists too. Most talks about the Sunrise attraction which is of course very beautiful when you are standing near a waterfall, Over looking the dam towards the mountains from where 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 safety and security of everyone since the place is isolated and serene.
So lucky if you got a change 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
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 left) with a small lane heading inside on left side. That is the pathway to reach the Waterfall, just about 500 meters before you reach the Madpan lake view point.=
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 not like other waterfalls that falls from mountains, The height is not to be thought of.
Yet the water force, flowing stream, width, access and safety to enjoy the fresh water is a thumbs up.
As said Vandri waterfall is very safe. A huge group of more than 100 people can enjoy together at various spots inside the flowing stream. You will find small shades and local fisherman on either side and few fishing nets around.
Although safe, the currents and water flow is to be taken care for kids and ladies who are not used to it. Park your car on road adjacent and head towards dam or waterfall location.
At the entry point of waterfall is a small shade where villager couple has a shop to prepare Vada pav, Bhajiyas and Tea. Hot and crispy made after you 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 view point. It is a small hilly slop adjacent to the lake with ample tree shades for those who comes in summer too. You can park your bike, cycles and car right in front of this lake and have a wide open front view of 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 the 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 is the sound of nature, The chirping birds around or else a 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 waterfall with water rushing down on left side, Huge lake right in front and many green mountains all around makes one irresistible to pull out cameras for selfies and to capture those beautiful moments around. Few photos and video 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
Many people think Vandri lake is located in Vasai or Virar area, But that is not the fact. It is near to these locations at distance of about 37 Km from Virar station and 22 Km from Virar Highway (Shirsad naka) in palghar district. Although map is the best friend now, To help with my personal expereince i will detail some extra’s and exact address of this multi attraction monsoon destination with 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, 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.
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 natural unguarded forest area with no electricity, hardly any mobile networks. Just you and wild nature with water streams, dense forest around. It can be a once in life time experience available near Mumbai. Little information found about same and available details are 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 this camp locations are adjacent / near to each other at few kilometres ahead of the main lake area. In 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 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 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.