A short Day trip from Vadodara to Hathnimata Temple & Waterfall

Yet another place near Vadodara, which is within 2-3 Hrs drive ! . Located near Pavaghar, a famous temple on top of a hill. Hathnimata temple, is a small Cave, which houses Hanuman Statue and a rock which resembles the shape of Elephant, hence the name was formed.

Reaching Hanthimaata Temple/Waterfall, requires about 2-3 Hrs of drive from Vadodara City. It’s about 75-78 Kms from Vadodara.

Best time to visit : During and just after Monsoon. (July-September) Try to reach as early as possible,as the area gets over crowded by afternoon.

Route Taken: Vadodara – Halol – Champaner – Pahvaghar – Hathnimata

From Vadodara to Halol, it;s a Toll road, can be covered within 45 Mins. After Halol, once you reach Champner, it’s a small town, and route leads to a narrow road (Left Turn).

Vadodara - Halol Toll Road

Vadodara – Halol Toll Road


Vadodara - Halol Toll Road

Vadodara – Halol Toll Road

After few Kms, road widens up again, and Starts the beautiful landscape ! While moving ahead, you will find a wide open area/ditch on foothills of Pahvaghar. this whole area fills with rain water, during Monsoon time. Which serves as reserve water for the near by places/Villages.

Area in background gets filled with water after heavy rainfall !!!

Area in background gets filled with water after heavy rainfall !!!

After that area, the road which leads to Hathnimata is veyr Narrow, and though small interconnected villages. After about 10 Kms, there is a small Junction, a sort of Intersection, from which you need to take Right turn for Hathnimata waterfall. You can buy water/snacks/cloths from there.

Village Route to waterfall

Village Route to waterfall

Jungle Roads !!!

Jungle Roads !!!

Lush Green area/Forest !!!

Lush Green area/Forest !!!

just before waterfalls!!!

just before waterfalls!!!

From there, the air is very very clean and it’s all Green around !!,You’ll find yourself in typical village area, which lush green paddy fields , huts, etc. but the road is very Narrow at this point, and one must be care full.

Just a word of caution, drive very slow, as it’s village area and lot of children cross the roads every now and then, And try not to use Horns !!! Let’s do our bit not to disturb the locals.

A small Parking area is available, but, recently have seen a small field being cleared for make shift parking area. the Locals charge 5-10 Rs. for that.

Park your vehicles, and move ahead for a short trek over the flowing waters and that will lead you to the Waterfall !!, It’s a good place for Kids and every one. Sply Kids, they would love to see small Fishes in clear waters.

Just near the waterfall, there is small cave, where you will find the temple. A Hanuman Idol has been placed, and a rock which resembles the shape of Elephant.

Selfie with Waterfall !!!

Selfie with Waterfall !!!

Temple cave under the fall  !!!

Temple cave under the fall !!!

But, once must be cautious, not to get over excited and do something foolish. As the area is highly unforgiving, you can get hurt very easily, as rocks are very sharp and slippery. Water was brown in color, as it had rained few days ago, but was not dirty or muddy !!!

Rapid Falls !!

Rapid Falls !!

Enjoying to fullest!!!

Enjoying to fullest!!!

Relax and enjoy the sound of nature and waterfall . Just Sit and Dip your feet in
water, and those small fishes will come near your feet and start nibbling your feets, for dead skins !! (Just like they do in fish spa)

Enjoy with Responsibility, and do no Litter the area. Just like Saputara, i found several spots, with Liquor bottles, Chips Packets, Poly bags, Baby Diapers, etc… I repeatedly fail to understand why people can’t be sensible. We get out of cities, and find these places, so that we can relax and forget about the Concrete jungles, we live in. But people are trying rigorously to make these isolated and nice places, just as dirtier as our cities. !!!

An Humble request to all readers, Please do not Litter the area, How tough is it for you to carry a small bag and collect all your Garbage and take it away with you ? Let’s do our efforts to keep the natural area, as natural as possible.

8 Comments

  • Nandan Jha says:

    Lets keep the no-littering message going.

    And it seems like a great day-outing for Vadodara. Thank you Sarvesh for sharing this.

  • swadesh says:

    Thanks Nandan,

    No matter where I go, I always find litter! And I urge my friends and family to ensure that they never leave behind a trail!

    Anyway, it’s surely a great day outing in Vadodara, as there is nothing much to do in Vadodara itself, but such few small places, are perfect for the short weekend drives. Will keep Exploring and writing about all the drives and places

  • Uday Baxi says:

    Dear Swadesh

    A very good post. It seems that you enjoyed a lot with your friends. The waterfall was excellent. And so was the route.

    Waiting for your next posts…

    Regards

    • swadesh says:

      Yes Uday, Route was very good and since the weather was cloudy, it got even better. The water is usually white in color, but it turned little brown, as it had rained in morning. But was not that Muddy, only seems from Color.

      Regards,
      Swadesh

  • Archana Ravichander says:

    Nice post Swadesh.
    The message conveyed at the end is a valuable one. Thanks for trying to instill sense of responsibility among the fellow readers!

    Best
    Archana

    • swadesh says:

      Thanks Archana :), I think it’s very important to share these things regarding litter, etc, as many people are now referring to various travel blog sites before their trip. If they get a message beforehand, it might encourage them to keep the area clean.
      After all , How hard is it to ensure not to litter. What we do today, our Kids will learn the same thing.
      I’m glad, that my father always used to carry an empty bag, and after every picnic, we all kids, used to pick up packets/chips bags/wrappers/plastic cups, etc. and put in that empty Bag. And then he used to throw that bag into the nearby trash can.

  • AJAY SHARMA says:

    Hi! Swadesh,
    Enjoyed your lovely post the fullest!!! Nice to hear those cautions and the noble message of ” No Littering”. It really cost nothing but a civic sense to avoid such nonsense. True, as your Dad did, every parent should practice preaching their kids.

    Keep traveling
    Ajay

  • swadesh says:

    Hello Ajay,

    Glad that you liked the Post ! I’ve just started writing, and will certainly improve with time .

    Thanks
    Swadesh

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