The Jawhar hill station came into my travel bucket list quite recently. This relatively less explored hill station is located in the small village of Jawhar. The Jawhar hill station is surely an off-beat place to visit from Mumbai or Nasik. The city of Jawhar lies in the Palghar district and is often known as the city of waterfalls. Jawhar is pleasant throughout the year, although the best time to visit would be in the monsoons or post-monsoon season. Jawhar hill station is covered with lush green mountains and waterfalls making it one of the best offbeat weekend getaways in Maharashtra.
I decided to take a road trip to Jawhar this weekend without any itinerary nor searching for any unexplored locations around the region. This was a road trip after 2 months. Jawhar hill station is less developed, so the options to stay for the night are minimal and expensive. Hence I decided to visit it in a single day.
The hill station is around 120 km from Mumbai & Thane, and approx. 80 km from Nasik. It took me around 3 hours to visit Jawhar from Mumbai. The roads in Jawhar are good and maintained in recent years. Along with its beautiful surroundings and waterfalls, the city of Jawhar is famous for its Warli paintings which are the landmark of this place.
Jawhar hill station is a perfect weekend getaway, you will get to see famous palaces, enchanting landscapes, dams, lakes, majestic waterfalls, heritages, and much more. Let’s get down to all the beautiful places to visit at Jawhar hill station.
12 Best Places to Visit in Jawhar Hill Station
1 – Dhabosa Waterfall
I can say that the Dhabosa waterfall is by far the best attraction of the Jawhar hill station. Well of course you have the historic Jai Vilas palace being the main landmark, but for me, it was the Dhabosa falls that took away all the tiredness from driving for 3 hours.
The gushing waterfall at Dhabosa is at its full peak in the monsoon season. You can watch the Dhabosa waterfall from the parking area or you can also visit the waterfalls at its foot-hill led by stairs made up by the locals. Although, I was not able to make it down due to a recent landslide that covered up the stairs with debris. It was not worth the risk and even the local officials had closed the entry. There is no entry fee to visit the Dhabosa waterfall. It is definitely a must-visit place in Jawhar, Maharashtra.
2 – Jai Vilas Palace / Jawhar Fort
The Jai Vilas Palace or the Jawhar Fort is the landmark location of Jawhar. You will have to walk for 600 meters from the main road through the rough roads and surrounding trees to reach the Jai Vilas Palace. The locals that the palace occupied around 50 rooms and the terrace offers a 360 view of the whole city of Jawhar.
Unfortunately for me, the pathway towards the palace was closed by the Jawhar police in awake of the pandemic and I could not visit the Jawhar fort.
3 – Hiradpada Waterfall
Hiradpada is one of the villages that lie in Jawhar. This village is famous for its waterfall and hence its name ‘ Hiradpada Waterfall’. Most of the tourists visit this fall who love to trek. You will have to walk for about 200-300 meters through the hiradapada village to reach the waterfalls. The best time to visit Hiradpada waterfall is post-monsoon. It is quite risky to visit the falls during the monsoon season due to the water flow and slippery pathways.
4 – Khadkad Dam
The khadkad dam is a place you should visit to have a dip or just spend some evening time chilling off. The roads to Khadkad dam are very patchy but I was able to take my car up to the dam. The villagers are quite friendly and would help you if you get lost along the way.
The architecture of the Khadkad dam is unique which impressed me. The water flow when released is well managed. It is surely a place to visit in Jawhar.
5 – Hanuman Point
An old Hanuman mandir of extraordinary strict significance gives it its name, Hanuman Point. From the top, you will be able to see Jai Vilas Palace from a distance. A lovely green 500ft profound valley known as Devkobacha Kada unfailingly takes the attention of the travelers. It is a good place to view sunsets with valleys and hills surrounding the point.
6 – Kalmandavi Waterfall
The amazing Kalmandavi waterfall was unknown to me. It was suggested to me by a local 10-year old boy while on my back home. The Kalmandavi waterfall is around 7-8 km away from the city of Jawhar. Hence, I tried out to visit this place before sunset. The waterfall is a beautiful 100m deep cascading fall and it flows throughout the year. You will have to walk for a few meters to reach the Klmandavi waterfalls.
I Managed to visit these places on my single-day road trip. If you want to explore more, there are many places yet to be visited in Jawhar. It is recommended to stay for a night if you want to visit all the places mentioned in this blog.
More places to visit in Jawhar
- Jawhar old palace
- Shirpamal – The place where Shivaji Maharaj was felicitated by the local king of Jawhar.
- Saint Peters Church
- Mahalakshmi Temple
- Bhopatgad Fort