In the dark shade of Andharban ...

Updated: Aug 15

Andharban Forest as its name suggests is a "Dark" and "Dense" forest in Sahyadri ranges in the Indian state of Maharashtra. This is a popular trekking trail known in the Maharashtra trekking circles. This trail during the monsoon and post-monsoon provides various hidden waterfalls and water streams that run along the Tahmini Ghats and supports variety of flora and fauna. Unlike other vertical fort treks/climbs this is long walk into the dark and dense forest cover and for this reason is one of the many unique trails in Sahyadri range.


This is the photo Blog of HillTrotter's trek journey, deep into the woods of Andharban Forest in Sahyadri Range of Maharashtra.

Andharban forest is spread across a large area, quite next to the famous Tahmini ghat, which is one of the exit point for Central Maharashtra into Konkan region (Coastline). And for this reason the Tahmini Ghat is one of the strategic ghat section for Marathas, then Britishers and even to this day for the commuters and traffic between Central Maharashtra and Konkan especially Kolad region.

We at HillTrotters have been planning this trek from sometime and post-monsoon is what we had our final dates confirmed and traveled along with a known Trekking group to ease our planning and to avoid hassle of planning our travel from and to Mumbai city to Trek start point.


The plan was to reach the village close to Andharban trek trail start point (Next to MCKS Ashram Road) early in the morning. Have breakfast and start the trek as early in the morning as possible to get the blissful morning views of the forest coming to life.

Morning breakfast was at "Sulochana" homestay, next to Swaraj Homestay which is a well known at the Andharban Trek Trail start point. Closest point which on Google Maps would be near Andharban Agro Tourism.


Afternoon lunch was served at a small shack at Hirdi Village (Hotel Samrat) and this place is right in the middle of Andharban forest. It was very humbling experience to enjoy the hearty meal at this place as we could see the hardy life the villagers lead on a daily basis just to get to the nearest road head that would take them to nearest town for their daily jobs or needs.

The Andharban trail is vast one, which will take a day long trek from the start point ending at Mulshi dam, but you can always improvise and choose your final end point. We got down at the Lonavala side close to the road head leading towards Amby Valley.

There are many end points which you can choose when on Andharban trails depending on you plans, one such end point is Mulshi dam and you can also get to Devkund waterfalls from the Mulshi dam point which is sure favourite among all trekkers here.

The total trek distance was around 24 kms long and we had covered it in around 8-9 hours, the amount of time spent walking in such deep dark forest and at time open field getting mesmerizing views of Tahmini Ghat is a blissful experience to say the least.

Our local guide to Andharban Trail:

Sanjay (+91 96737 33269)

Best time to Trek:

Post monsoon around September end to December end would be a great time to trek to Andharban forest trail as the weather would be really pleasant.

How to Reach:

If you are coming from Mumbai, then you can travel via Lonavala and then turn towards aamby valley and then Bamburde village towards Pimpri Dam point. This is the trail head for Andharban trek.

If you are coming from Pune, then you can travel via Lavale -> Mulshi -> Vadgaon and then reach the Pimpri Dam point.


Photo Gallery:




For more detailed information or itinerary on Travel plans in Maharashtra or anywhere within India or Trekking in western ghats or other awesome places in India, please contact HillTrotters@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page "HillTrotters", also subscribe to us on YouTube channel with "HillTrotters Travelogues".


Please contact HillTrotters@gmail.com for any suggestions or travel related queries.


With Thanks,

HillTrotters Team

22 views
IMG_20190929_163620 (1)
IMG_20190929_144622 (1)
IMG_20190929_162616 (1)
IMG_20190929_154506 (1)
IMG_20190929_143558 (1)
IMG_20190929_142322 (1)
IMG_20190929_121715 (1)
IMG_20190929_110022 (1)
IMG_20190929_103942
IMG_20190929_102650 (1)
IMG_20190929_105703 (1)
IMG_20190929_095743 (1)
IMG_20190929_093149 (1)
IMG_20190929_091907 (1)
IMG_20190929_075453 (1)
IMG_20190929_092234 (1)
IMG_20160604_141813898
IMG_20160604_140249718
IMG_20160604_135952722
DSC_0016
DSC_0063
IMG_20160604_114256629_HDR
DSC_0041
IMG_20160604_114220729
IMG_20160604_111302119
IMG_20170617_104531
IMG_20160605_084332808
IMG_20160604_151617327_HDR
14707994_1740509346212303_83873723541846
IMG_20160604_142043074
IMG_20160604_144522349
DSC_0016
DSC_0041
IMG_20160604_141813898
DSC_0063
IMG_20160604_135952722
IMG_20160604_140249718
IMG_20160604_114256629_HDR
IMG_20160604_111307517
IMG_20160604_114220729
IMG_20160604_095909960
35551547_2022218968041338_57227391381557
16252185_1781823358747568_10336487637739
14570593_1740509299545641_91286554793902
14608903_1740509272878977_32762338688480
14711565_1740509532878951_75117024024399
14633261_1740509509545620_11098230865566
14707994_1740509346212303_83873723541846
14708211_1740654446197793_72151342930842
IMG_9441
IMG_9443
IMG_9435
IMG_9425
DSC_0370
DSC_0362
Screenshot_2015-11-01-22-09-01_edited
Screenshot_2015-11-01-22-09-01
South-Circle_1_edited
South-Circle_1
IMG_20181110_173626
IMG_20181110_160959
IMG_20181110_144036_HHT
IMG_20181110_143929
IMG_20181110_121700
IMG_20181110_115256
IMG_20181110_100351
IMG_20181110_092332
IMG_20181110_092505
IMG_20181209_101715
PANO_20181209_101528
IMG_20181209_091057_HDR
PANO_20181209_101406
PANO_20181209_090919
IMG_20181208_150449
IMG_20181208_181652
IMG_20181208_131654
IMG_20181208_144542
IMG_20181208_095535
IMG_20181208_130938
IMG_20181208_102124
IMG_20181208_095133
IMG_20181103_141613
IMG_20181103_141505
IMG_20181103_141441
IMG_20181103_121511
IMG_20181103_123901
IMG_20181103_141425
IMG_2940
IMG_2839
Untitled
Screenshot_2015-11-01-22-09-01_edited
Screenshot_2015-11-01-22-09-01
South-Circle_1_edited
South-Circle_1
DSC_0179
DSC_0054
DSC_0011
DSC_0095
DSC_0086
DSC_0108
DSC_0189
DSC_0111
DSC_0009
IMG_20181110_173626
IMG_20181110_160959
IMG_20181110_144036_HHT
IMG_20181110_143929
IMG_20181110_121700
IMG_20181110_115256
IMG_20181110_100351
IMG_20181110_092332
IMG_20181110_092505
25-12-18-1149
IMG_20181209_101715
PANO_20181209_101528
IMG_20181209_091057_HDR
PANO_20181209_101406
PANO_20181209_090919
IMG_20181208_150449
IMG_20181208_181652
IMG_20181208_131654
IMG_20181208_144542
IMG_20181208_095535
IMG_20181208_130938
IMG_20181208_102124
IMG_20181208_095133
IMG_20181103_141613
IMG_20181103_141505
IMG_20181103_141441
IMG_20181103_121511
IMG_20181103_123901
IMG_20181103_141425
IMG_20180504_135922
IMG_20180504_132737
IMG_20180504_130155
IMG_20180503_142802
IMG_20180503_143110
IMG_20180503_124045
IMG_20180504_123606
IMG_20180505_070657
IMG_20180505_092808
IMG_20180505_071952
20-6-18-1813
20-6-18-1812
20-6-18-1812
20-6-18-1812
DSC_0366
DSC_0357
DSC_0358
DSC_0403
DSC_0318
DSC_0327
DSC_0340
DSC_0256
DSC_0289
DSC_0281
DSC_0248
DSC_0242
DSC_0211
DSC_0167
DSC_0226
DSC_0227
25-1-18-3853
25-1-18-3853
25-1-18-3853
25-1-18-3853
25-1-18-3853
25-1-18-3853
25-1-18-3853
25-1-18-3853
25-1-18-3853
IMG_2940
IMG_2839
DSC_0604
DSC_0634
DSC_0588
IMG_3957
DSC_0562
DSC_0141
DSC_0130
16002813_1776078642655373_29949457317340
14713744_1740509532878951_75117024024399
15994668_1776078629322041_51231684235007
15994976_1776078935988677_69183671549892
15994638_1776078779322026_31304216887444
15994917_1776078762655361_53461473738067
15994598_1776078885988682_23357601417274
15895439_1776078642655373_29949457317340
15994777_1776078825988688_24561669009234
15972753_1776079005988670_20167734921039
15896139_1776079035988667_51849355201101
21016066_1875284839401419_43201868665350
16252185_1781823358747568_10336487637739
21015840_1876322535964316_15787167829333
21013968_1875284866068083_90395282874518
19396810_1847110735552163_14544213889140
21055076_1876322529297650_33441377407034
21014082_1875285332734703_16318720776493
21125533_1878006495795920_37177253411540
16252185_1781823358747568_10336487637739
dsc_0186
15994668_1776078629322041_51231684235007
15994917_1776078762655361_53461473738067
15994638_1776078779322026_31304216887444
15994598_1776078885988682_23357601417274
15994777_1776078825988688_24561669009234
15994976_1776078935988677_69183671549892
15896139_1776079035988667_51849355201101
15972753_1776079005988670_20167734921039
21015840_1876322535964316_1578716782933390932_o
dsc_0186
14713744_1740509532878951_7511702402439916796_n
DSC_0634
21125533_1878006495795920_3717725341154033723_o
DSC_0562
16252185_1781823358747568_1033648763773908953_o
DSC_0130
DSC_0588
DSC_0604
16002813_1776078642655373_2994945731734079818_n
About Us

We are a group of passionate adventure freelance travelers currently settled in Bangalore/Mumbai. We help plan Treks, Bike rides or long travels by providing travel plan ideas or help plan the itinerary and we would like to share our experience and expertise with other budding travelers.

 

© 2020 by HillTrotters Travelers. Proudly created with Wix.com