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).
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.
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.
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.
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 !!!
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.