Paradise on the outskirts of Mumbai: Chinchoti waterfall, Naigaon
With the monsoon commencing in Mumbai and the neighbouring areas it is perfect weather for treks around the city. A place which is a must trek to in order to enjoy the splendor of nature is Chinchoti waterfall which is near Naigaon and Vasai east on the Western line. There are both buses and auto rickshaws to Kaman Phata which is near the village of Chinchoti. The village is also located near NH 8.
The trek to Chinchoti takes one through fresh water streams, green forests and a hilly terrain. There is no fixed route and it takes around an hour and a half to two hours to trek to the main waterfall. During the monsoon, the main waterfall is about 100 to 150 feet high and flows with strong currents.
The waterfall draws big crowds of picnickers on weekends but there is no food options available. It is best to carry supplies while heading to Chinchoti. There are birds, insects and animals which one may encounter while getting to the waterfall. Respect nature while in the midst of it and avoid making noise.
The waterfall has rocky parts and it is best to avoid venturing too deep as there have been incidents of people getting injured and even dying in the waterfalls. Do not stay back after 5.30 pm as it is a jungle area and there are some wild animals seen which are dangerous.
The best time to visit Chinchoti is during the monsoon months from June to September when the waterfalls are in full flow. There are a number of small waterfalls along the way which can also be used to laze by for those who do not want to climb all the way to the top.
The streams that flow are also a good source of break spots where one can just sit and laze by. There are yellow markings on the stones and the trees along the way which help to guide one to the falls and back to the village. Be sure to follow those to avoid getting lost in the wild.
It is best to start early in morning to spend time near and enjoy the water fall and surrounding nature. Leave to head back by around 4-5 pm to avoid getting caught in the forest at sundown. The walk through the forest is majestic and good shoes are advised to avoid injury and falls.
Chinchoti is a fun and easy to do trek with the heavenly waterfall as a reward for those who take up the challenge of walking to it.
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