Tourist Attractions

Koyna Dam

Humbarli
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    Kayaking To Monsoon Trek: We Tell You Why Koyna Dam Is The Best Getaway Destination

    What Makes It Awesome?

    Koyna dam is one of the biggest in India, with the largest completed hydro-electric power plant in India. Since the river has such a huge capacity for generating electricity, it is also known as the ‘life line of Maharashtra’. The dam’s backwaters run for 80 kms from the dam wall to Tapola, creating one of the largest freshwater lakes in India. With the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary {also a World Heritage Site} and Sahyadri Tiger Reserve nearby, the surrounding area is lush with evergreen forests and fruit trees, bursting with diverse flora and fauna that make it a nature-lover’s paradise. Koyna is ideal for adventures like camping, trekking, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, and rappelling. If you’re looking to do something new and offbeat to do, pay a visit to Koyna. This oasis of serenity is compounded by the fact that mobile network and connectivity here is scarce, which means you can disconnect from technology to enjoy some peace and quiet in the lap of nature.

    The main point of interest here is obviously the dam – which you can’t visit due to security reasons, though the nearby Nehru Garden {2-3km drive from Koynanagar} offers a spectacular view of it from the hillside for a nominal entry fee of Rs. 25. Built in memory of India’s first Prime Minister – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru – here, you can also view a short film on the history and construction of Koyna Dam. We hear that the Garden is well-maintained, with lots of lush greenery and wide open spaces that make it the perfect place for a DIY picnic! From here, drive on to the Ozarde Waterfall – one of the largest falls {200m} in the Sahyadris, and a spectacular sight.

    The Koyna Lake Resort, run by MTDC, is popular among couples and families who prefer to stay overnight in Koyna. It’s rustic but clean, and offers meal packages along with stay. Other resort options nearby also offer different styles of accommodation, at very reasonable rates. There are many agro-tourism trips that people take to Koyna.

    If you have time, you must visit the wildlife sanctuary nearby for some wildlife watching, or trek to the magnificent Bhairavgad fort and Nageshwar Caves. Buy a ticket from the Forest Department for Rs. 30, and trek through some dense vegetation to get to the falls – it’ll be worth it. These falls may not be around for much longer, as the Govt. is planning another dam phase here, which may block them permanently. 

    How Do I Get There?

    Koyna Dam – Koynanagar – is a 4hr drive from Pune (approx 196 km) via NH48. It’s best to leave early in the morning on the day of (around 6am should do it). You’ll pass through Khandala, Satara, Umbraj, Malharpeth, and from Patan on to the Karad-Chiplun road, until you finally reach Koynanagar. Koyna Dam is also around 39km from Mahabaleshwar, if you’d rather start from there. There are plenty of smaller places to grab a bite at in and around Koynanagar, but we advise you to carry your own drinking water and some extra snacks for the drive.

    When In Koyna, Go Kayaking

    We’ve heard that Koyna’s backwaters are the best in the country for flat-water kayaking, along with other activities like water scooters, fishing, and angling that can all be arranged beforehand. Go boating at Shivsagar Lake on the dam, but since this is a ticketed activity, you may have to negotiate rates (make sure you see the actual boat before the handover of any money). The resorts you are staying at may or may not include these activities in their packages. We suggest you check beforehand. 

    Which Is The Best Time To Visit?

    The best time to visit the dam is during the monsoons as there is a lot of greenery. Come weekend and we suggest you just hop into your cars and get set go. Also, winters are a good time to visit as well.

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    Koyna Dam

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      Humbarli

      Humbarli, Maharashtra

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        Tourist Attractions

        Koyna Dam

        Humbarli
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