Vajrapoha Waterfalls : Diamond Droplets And Rainbow Screens
Vajrapoha waterfalls in Belgaum is a remote and less known waterfalls .River flowing through desnse forest tumbles down from a height of 150 feet into a deep gorge,creating a picturesque waterfalls.The water droplets appear like diamonds and create a rainbow as sunlight touches the veil of the water cascading down.
Trekking the art of strolling up the hills amidst jungles and through the woods is something that is a passion of every nature lover. Often I and my friends set out to a new uncharted locale for a romance with nature. This time our destination was Vajrapoha waterfalls.
Nestled amidst the verdant forests of Western Ghats, about 30 km fro Khanapur in Belgaum district is Vajra Poha Waterfalls One of the Picturesque Waterfalls of this district. this waterfall is still pristine and not choked. In the local language, Marathi Vajra means diamond and Poha means Beaten rice Avalakki. It is said that the sunlight falling on the veil of water droplets glow like diamonds and form a rainbow in midday accounting for a visual retreat.
Followed by an overnight journey by train, we reached Khanapur and boarded a jeep to jhamboti a small hamlet the last point beyond which vehicles do not go any further. From here, the distance to the falls is 12 km.Avoiding the road, we walked on the thick forest on either side, which provided us generous shade. The trail forks into two, we took the route to Chapoli. Walking another seven kilometers and a few steps downhill led us to cable point. The Overlooking green valley offers a panoramic view of the Mahadayi river flowing like a silver stream. down below. We could feel the cool breeze embrace us, even as we approached the place. We decided to spend the night there and pitched our tents beside the river. The eerie silence after the sunset and night befell gripped our ears. The serene quietness was only disturbed by the occasional chirping of birds, preparing for their bedtime.
The next morning filling our lungs with enough fresh air, we started trekking down the stream. This is a difficult task as there is no clear way to the waterfall. We had to follow the sound of water and walk slowly on the slippery rocks, sometimes through the water knee-deep. The path is adorned with ferns and wildflowers in all hues and colors. The forest is rich in flora and fauna, a wide range of wildlife can be found here. We could hear the chattering calls of Malabar Pied Hornbills - mangoota in Kannada, and few roosting and few feeding on nutmeg - myristica fruit I felt that since Dandeli is closeby, and the forest is rich, there is the good sighting of hornbills here. Near to stream on a dried bark of a tree I spotted a Spider on the trunk of the tree, it was none other than the Indian Tarantula Spider known as Hulisalinga in Kannada. A highly venomous spider black and white bands color with hair on it. It seemed ready to strike and by the time, the thought of capturing it, by my camera, it diappearred into the hole. After several twists and turns, the sound of the water began to intensify. We knew we were close to our destination. The forest opened out into a clearing and lo !. We were at the top, the orifice of the Waterfalls.
River Mahadayi is joined by two other streams Marchidha Nala and Pannera Nala, creating this magnificent waterfalls, before joining the Mondovi river in Goa. The river cascading at a great speed to a gorge below, taking a giant leap of over 150 feet is a sight to behold. The roar of the falls reaches deafening proportions. To savor the waterfalls in all its splendor, you have to take a steep path to the left and trek downhill making way through thorny bushes. The absence of a clear path to the waterfalls makes if a difficult task.
Although exhausted by the time we reached the bottom of the falls, we were excited at the sight of the pearly white water hurtling down from the height, surrounded by huge rocks boulders and grassy slopes. We jumped in the water and rejuvenated ourselves without disturbing the tranquility around. After devouring the lunch we had carried, we bid goodbye to the place.
We shot nothing but photographs. left nothing but footprints and carried back nothing but beautiful memories of Vajrapoha waterfalls in our hearts!
About facts and Trivia
How to Reach there
Board Rani Chennamma Express if you are traveling from Bangalore. Khanapur is the nearest Railhead. State Transport buses are well connected to Belgaum or Belagavi.
From Belgaum 35 km and Khanapur, 18 km Road transport and jeeps ply to Jhamboti frequently.
Best Season to Visit and Trek
After the Monsoon season from October to April. It is impossible to Visit if the water level is high.
Forest cover is the Camping site. If you are scared of wild animals, you can stay in FRH Jhamboti Permission to stay here can be obtained from the DFO Khanapur wildlife division.
What to Carry
Camping equipment if you are camping - Tents, sleeping bags, Rope to cross water crossing, abseiling, and for safety. First aid kit, Torch, whistle, Don't forget to carry your camera with spare batteries.
Written permission from DFO Jhamboti or Khanapur Wildlife division
District Belgaum; Karnataka