Monsoon 2023, Ready to attract tourist places to visit and special rainy day attractions of the beautiful and scenic Jawhar Hill Station, A tehsil in Palghar district located far north of Mumbai suburban. This hill station is not much explored like other famous ones, but it is gaining popularity as one of the best Monsoon destinations in the Palghar district in Maharashtra state.
So if you are thinking of visiting Jawhar this monsoon and want to know things like, Is it worth visiting? or What are the tourist spots or monsoon specialty and other details like the Best time to visit, Family safety details, Car Parking, Distance from Mumbai and Gujarat, Major attractions, Staying options like Hotels and Resorts, and how to reach them by road and train? Stay tuned until the end of this page.
- Jawhar Places to See in Monsoon
- Attractions Map Route and Road Distance
- Dabhosa Waterfall
- Kalmandavi Waterfall
- Hiradpada Waterfall
- Khadkhad Dam and Camping Site
- Hanuman Point
- Sunset Point
- Jawhar Palace (Jai Vilas)
- Shirpamal, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Smarak
- Jai Sagar Dam and Lake
- Reaching Jawhar Hill Station
- Other Monsoon Attraction Places to Visit in 2023 Near Jawhar & Mumbai
Jawhar Places to See in Monsoon
My personal visit and experience of Jawhar Hill Station led me to say that this place near Mumbai is a must-visit during the monsoon. If you want some breathing space that is less crowded compared to Lonavala, Spend a day or two here, which is rejuvenating.
Since it is not that famous and less explored compared to Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, etc., Many questions are natural and will be better answered in this article via photos, videos, and updated details. Of course, this is my personal experience after visiting this hill station.
Philosophically, I can define Jawhar Hills as having only three colours that make it a preferred monsoon destination near Mumbai. Blue Sky, Lush Green all around, Every Corner, Every Hill, and Brownish Black, The Road, and Huge Tree Branch, That’s it.
Mesmerising experience of a village hill station that is not very far from Mumbai city, which I am sure many would have missed to date as they didn’t know how beautiful this place is.
Of the major attractions inside Jawhar village, three major waterfalls are on the top list of places to see. In fact, Jawhar is called the Hill Station of Waterfalls near Mumbai, during and post-monsoon too. Let us start with what comes to mind first when we talk about attracting places during rainy months.
As said, three Major waterfalls pull up all the crowds and keep this offbeat location and hillock of such an interior village crowded. In fact, One of the waterfalls, Kalmandavi, is recommended to be visited post-monsoon, as detailed below. Hopefully Soon, Jawhar Hill Station will be officially declared as one of the known monsoon attractions and weekend destinations near Mumbai (Maharashtra State) by the tourism department.
If you love exploring long, flat lakes that have a wide green zone accessible to humans, Jai Sagar Lake, as seen adjacent to the main road, is for you. Khadkhad Dam is another one-time place to see. Hanuman Point and Jai Vilas Palace are adjacent to each other as soon as you enter Jawhar from Vikramgad Road (Manor), Wada, or Silvassa Road (Gujarat). Want that feeling of driving on a zigzag, sloppy, tiny road with all the green around? Welcome to Jawhar.
These are all monsoon attractions like waterfalls, Scenic valley views at Hanuman Point, Sunset Point, dams, and rivers. But my personal experience and love of this place were the Serenity, The Road drive inside the green Hillocks (No Concrete), and Those Small villages, which felt like nature had come down to bless me with all the freshness.
Check The Jawhar Road Drive Video
Now, Let us start step by step with places to see. I will try to guide you with my experience and what you need to know first and next, considering the various attractions of this hill station. This will help make some better time-saving plans on what to explore and what not to explore when with family or friends, especially an older or more adventurous group of friends.
Attractions Map Route and Road Distance
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The below map will help you find all the sightseeing places to see once you enter Jawhar Hill Station. If this is your first monsoon trip here, You will really need this map often.
As you cross Vikramgad and the Ghat area and reach Jawhar’s market area, Jai Vilas Palace and Hanuman Point are two attractions nearby each other. These 2 places are all-season, but recommended for Monsoon and Winter only. From the market area, all other monsoon attractions, such as Khadkhad Dam, Lake, and Waterfall, are at some distance, which takes about a half-hour drive each.
So, I have considered ‘Hanuman Temple Point’ as the center point area below the map to understand other location distances. A map will show the route, time taken, and distance to Dabhosa, Kalmandavi and Hiradpada Waterfalls, Khadkhad Dam, and Jai Sagar Lake. I have unmarked the Road distance from Mumbai to Jawhar, as that may be a little confusing on this subject.
For many, Jawhar means Dabhosa waterfall visit is a must every year during rain, which is what usually it starts with. Actually, that is the fact, as indeed it is one of the biggest and best locations that can be reached with family and friends of all ages. A nice parking area that has a viewpoint to enjoy the beauty of nature and the beasting fall can be a place to see on your planning list.
But if you are planning to reach the waterfall, An important thing to note is not to try exploring it with the elderly, kids, or anyone who is not physically fit for this patch of downhill trek. Although experienced trekkers will enjoy the same, Be cautioned about the slippery area and pointed stones, which can be really dangerous.
Since the slope is a muddy hillock, During heavy rains, the mud washes away and the trek becomes difficult for the inexperienced. Otherwise, it is a mesmerizing experience.
Dabhosa Fast Facts
- Can one reach the base of the waterfall area? Yes, During heavy rains, i.e., Peak monsoon in July and August, The Flow is very high and risky. Still, you can. Just that you cannot swim or explore inside the water pond area. The Downhill trek is not recommended for kids of any age or any kind of physically challenged person.
- Car and Bike Parking: The Viewpoint at the top, from where everyone can enjoy the waterfall, is safe for all age groups. Ample vehicle parking is available.
- Road Conditions: Overall road conditions in Jawhar from regular mapped routes are good for both cars and bikes. Be cautious if taking any offered or less explored routes on hilly slopes, especially by car.
- Nearby Attractions to Dabhosa: On the way to and from this attraction, Jai Sagar Lake and Khadkhad Dam can be explored. Hiradpada waterfall is also in the same direction, But the route and distance differ.
- Best time to visit: Of course, monsoon. But if you plan to get inside the Waterfall and Rocky Pond area of Dabhosa waterfall, post-monsoon after October is recommended when the flow trickles.
- Mobile Network, Fuel, Food, and Water: Low network; Carry Food and Water from the village market. Keep the tank filled as much as possible.
Once you reach the waterfall, I am sure you will forget all the risks and hurdles of that trek area and fall in love with it. Enjoy this lovely video.
Read More: About Dabhosa Waterfall.
This is that one waterfall, Not to be visited during peak monsoon days. Explore it post- or pre-monsoon (Few of the only Summer waterfall).
Kalmandavi, the second largest waterfall in Jawhar, is a multi-level waterfall located deep inside the valley of this Hill station and is not recommended to be explored with family, kids, or the elderly. Read the fast facts below and jump to the detailed articles, which have photos and videos of the location, So you can plan accordingly.
Kalmandavi Fast Facts
- Best time to visit: Early or Late monsoon after October because the flow and risk are too high during monsoon days, i.e., from July to September.
- Recommended for Kids, elders, etc. : Strictly NO. One needs to trek downhill via a rough patch for 20 to 30 minutes to reach this valley waterfall. Bikers can still reach the nearest point with a shorter trek, but cars need to be parked away.
- Risk factor: The Depth is about 100 meters, So do not try jumping in unless you are a good swimmer. There have been few accidents recorded in history. Just enjoy the view, Take good photos and videos, and come back safe.
- Nearby attractions: There are no attractions around; I need to get back to the Jawahar market area at Hanuman Point to enjoy another attraction.
- Food, Water, Fuel, etc.: Carry plenty of these things with you in advance.
- Police restrictions: Usually not, But for people’s safety during heavy rains, yes.
Read More: Kalmandavi Waterfall.
Drone shots by Bhauzz are worth watching. Below is the video.
The aerial view of the Hiradpada village waterfall shows you the strength and beauty of nature, Especially that of water. Kindly note that Hiradpada waterfall is an AERIAL VIEW ONLY waterfall sightseeing location in Jawhar at a distance of 15 Kilometers from the Village market area, which takes about 30 minutes to reach.
Enjoy this waterfall from the hillock mudflat point that has a view deck installed. Get some beautiful photographs and aerial videos of the Hiradpada waterfall and the lush greenery from the top.
Note: Many who visit this place for the first time do not know that there are a total of two viewpoints to enjoy this waterfall. The one with the view deck and parking area and the other one, which I missed being on the left side of the same area, Just before you enter the parking area, or at this point, A small pathway is on the left. A small downhill slope that has some old concrete ladders has another viewpoint that actually gives a better view of this waterfall. Check out this video by ‘Kunal Bharsat’ to enjoy and learn about the same.
Read More: About Second view point & other details about Hiradpada Waterfall.
So now you know what is special about Jawhar and if it is worth visiting. Yes, the waterfall And more attractions, as detailed below.
Khadkhad Dam and Camping Site
30 Minutes from the Jawhar market area is Khadkhad village, which has this huge Dam and a camping site that is a little inside the village area. Below is the latest video of the Overflowing Khadkhad Dam and the feel of the location around it, just to get an idea of what it looks like to be there. It is worth spending a few minutes at Khadkhad Bridge (cars and Bikes reach this point) to enjoy the Sound and Force of the water.
Caution: The main route to this Dam is via Khadkhad village. From the dam area, if you try to map back to Jawhar, It will show you a route that starts from another side of the bridge you came from. It is a very rough, patched, isolated hillock area with the worst road conditions that make it feel like no one has visited this place for years. Large stones and a risky hillock connect Dharampur village.
Once you reach Dharampur, You will see some life and the slightly better concrete road that connects the Jawhar-Nashik highway. The place is also isolated and not worth exploring by car. Bikers will have no issues. Still, try avoiding it, even if it is a shortcut route to Jawhar town. I tried the route by car and thought of highlighting the experience.
Lake Camping: The overnight camping location is nearby to dam inside Khadkhad village. The site Address and contact number are Jawhar Camping, Khadkhad Village Dhaparpada, Khadkhad Road, Jawhar, Maharashtra 401603. Contact – 7559402729. I have personally not verified this contact, So please excuse me if that does not connect.
Enter Jawhar, and one of the two main attractions adjacent to each other is Jai Vilas Palace (Rajwada of the King) and this Scenic Viewpoint location called ‘Hanuman Point. The name comes from the ‘Katya Maruti Hanuman Temple, located right inside the location.
This is a scenic viewpoint that is ideal to be visited during the monsoon and winter. The monsoon gives a very beautiful valley view, with everything turning green between June and October. Winter brings in the smog, or fog, as one says, which makes this a perfect sightseeing location for Jawhar Hill Station.
On the left is a beautiful selfie point, ‘Love Jawhar, which also has a tiny butterfly drawn on one of the walls as a kid’s photograph and selfie point. A Kid can stand right between the wings and get one of the best butterfly pictures of themselves.
On the extreme right of this viewpoint, one can see the very famous ‘Jahwar Palace’, named ‘Jai Vilas, located on a similar Hillock as this one, the ‘Hanuman Point. The view is worth the visit. Spend some time relaxing on the installed seating tables facing the valley of green Jawhar with its tiny roads. Some food stalls, Pani puri, and fast food are available here.
Aerial Photo Courtesy: Vasaikar Uttam.
Just 2 Km from Jawhar market is this ‘Sunset Point’, which takes no more than 7 to 10 minutes. During the monsoon, Enjoy the valley view, and in other seasons like Winter and Summer, One can enjoy the beautiful sunset from here. I have not visited this place, so I cannot share more about it.
Jawhar Palace (Jai Vilas)
‘Jai Vilas Palace, also called Jawhar Rajwada or is a historic neoclassicalsstructured palace built by King Yashwantrao Martandraoji Mukane’s royal family. He was the last Hindu Koli King of Jawhar Tehsil. One can see his statue at the main road junction while entering Hanuman Point. If you want to know everything about this king and some very old historic facts about Jawhar, Shivaji Raje, etc., Refer to the historics of making family dynasty.
Since then, This palace has become one of the main attractions in the Jawhar and Palghar districts. Located on a hilltop, This rajwada is surrounded by tall trees facing the depth of the valley, which can be seen from a Hanuman point.
During heavy rains, vehicles are restricted to the main road, and the pathway to reach the palace is wet and muddy. Take extreme care if you are with the elderly or someone similar. You will surely enjoy the simple-looking but very old palace if you love to explore historic locations.
Shirpamal, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Smarak
Shirpamal is the place where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj met the King of Jawhar, Shri Yashwantrao Martandraoji Mukane, for some important decisions on invading Surat. It is a historic monument in the Palghar district, located on one of the highest hillocks on Jawhar Nashik Road. Watch the beautiful Drone shot and aerial view video that explain it better. This place is at a distance of 6 km from Jawhar market, which takes not more than 15 minutes by road.
Jai Sagar Dam and Lake
It is a beautiful lake seen on the way from the Market area towards Khadkhad Dam or Dabosa and Hiradpada waterfalls. The view itself attracts the bypassers, as the flat surface around the lake gets green with tiny little grasses.
A bike can even get inside the lake area. Still, be cautioned about wet mud and stones on the pathway. I personally didn’t explore much around this lake, and I really don’t know why it is called a Dam. Maybe on another side, there is a dam built.
Reaching Jawhar Hill Station
How to Reach Jawhar by Train: Since Jawhar is an interior village tehsil located in Palghar district, There is no direct train station available here. Igatpuri is the nearest railway station (On the Central Railway Route of Mumbai), which is 70 km by road from this Hill station. So if you want to reach this place from Mumbai, head on the central railway route and get down at Igatpuri railway station.
From Mumbai suburban and Palghar districts, Vasai Virar area, the Virar railway station is 96 Km from Jawhar. If you are planning to come here via Gujarat, Dahanu Road railway station is at 68 Km. I have detailed these 3 nearest railway stations as per the best availability of road transportation once you reach them. MSRTC buses can be seen from certain locations. Private cabs, Ola, and Uber are the best options near these stations.
By Road: With the help of the map, One can reach here by private vehicle. If you are from Mumbai and planning, the Best traffic-free route with good road conditions is from Manor, which is a few kilometers ahead of the Virar highway towards Gujarat. From Manor, the route is very straight to Jawhar Hill Station. An alternate route from the Virar Highway is from Vajreshwari to Wada (On Bhiwandi Wada Road) on National Highway 848, which connects Vikramgad near Jawhar.
Alternatively, Mumbai citizens can take the Thane-BBhiwandi route and stay on National Highway 848, which connects to Vikramgad.
From Nashik, take Nashik to the Trimbak Road (National Highway 848) and from Igatpuri, Mokhada-Khodala Road towards Jawhar.
By Air: The nearest airports are Nashik and Alternate Mumbai Airports. Once you reach the airport, Follow the road or railway route to reach this hill station.
Other Monsoon Attraction Places to Visit in 2023 Near Jawhar & Mumbai
- Igatpuri Hill Station During Monsoon
- Vandri Lake & Waterfall during Monsoon
- Malshej Ghat, See also Malshej Ghat Pictures
- Best Waterfall Near Mumbai
- Mumbai Monsoon
- Bhandardara during Monsoon
- Monsoon Videos
- Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani, Also see Things to know about this hill station.
- Matheran, See also Matheran Pictures.
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