Google generally provides a well marked route. However in the past , did end up in a situation where it led us to a non-existent road, and we ended up in a slushy farm. Its always good to double check, if you are travelling through smaller towns/villages.A guy at a small village near Gokak, suggested us to take an alternate route (Dhupdal Dam road) that would provide a better view of the falls. The road appeared rough with very less traffic , and we wondered if we did the right thing to divert from the map route. But, after some time, we were rewarded with a magnificent view of the falls. You can hear the the sound of the Ghatprabha river gushing down the gorge from a distance. The route we took , luckily brought us to a different, less popular approach side of the waterfall. With no one around, we had the entire waterfall to ourselves.
Driving across 3 states – Maharashtra, Karnataka and GoaAfter the trip to Lonar Lake and Aurangabad, this was our first trip post summer season.Below are the trip Itinerary:Day 1: Start from Mumbai – Karnataka (Gokak Waterfalls) – Goa (Arambol Beach via Gadhinglanj)Days 2: Arambol Beach – Amboli Falls – Kolhapur (Rankala Lake) - MumbaiWe started from Mumbai at 10 Pm in the night. This has become our usual timing to leave for any road trip. It was a windy and a rainy night travelling from Mumbai to Karnataka. This was our first trip towards the southern part of the country and we were all geared up and excited to explore the new horizons of this beautiful world.We were driving through the Mumbai-Bangalore Highway and it was an exquisite experience to drive on this road. Around 2 AM we left off from pune toward our destination.At the dawn, we had crossed satara and the view was ecstatic due to the smooth and curvy highway roads. It was greenery on both of sides of the road which made the sight more pleasant, thanks to rainy season.Day 1:We had our first halt at a petrol pump near Kolhapur to complete our morning chores and set off for Karnataka.We entered Karnataka through Nipani which is around 35 kms from Kolhapur. It is always a different feeling to enter a new state. You get to see and observe various change in the tradition like difference in the looks of the people, their attire, the language, architectural structures, etc.Driving through Nipani we reached to the first spot of our trip - Gokak Waterfalls. It was not raining much in that period and hence there was not much water falling down the cliff, still it was a scenic place to visit. The view from the cliff is very enchanting. There is a bridge over the waterfall which connects to the temple on the other side.Unaware of the surprises, we left off from Gokak and started driving for Badami Caves. We had a heartbreak after driving for 50 kms from Gokak when we saw that the road is blocked and got to know that there is a bandh in Karnataka due to some water issues. After a lot of brain storming we decided to change our destination and started heading towards Amboli Falls through Gadhinglanj.The climate and the greenery was so ecstatic that it made us forget the sadness of not getting to visit the Badami Caves.After driving for around 3 hrs we reached Amboli Falls at around 7 PM and it was dark by then. The climate was very good, however we could not enjoy the scenic beauty of the watrerfull due to darkness. We started our descent towards sawant wadi in the dark.There was a very less visibility due to darkness and the mist and it was very difficult to drive in the ghats, however it was a lifetime experience to drive in such a challenging situation. The roads were very narrow and the valley on the other side of the road made it more adventurous to drive. A mixed feeling of fear and adventure had a lasting impression on us.Goa is around 70 kms from Amboli falls and we started heading towards Arambol Beach in Goa. After having an adventurous descent from Amboli Ghat we reached Arambol at around 10 in the night. July being the off season for Goa, the roads were deserted with hardly any shops and shacks were open. Luckily we found a hotel to spend the night.