An eminent tourist attraction, Khadakwasla Dam is a pleasant sight to behold. Built with state-of-the-art engineering, it is located on the outskirts of Pune. The dam is constructed on River Mutha which is the source of water supply in Pune and its suburban regions. Khadakwasla forms a reservoir, called Khadakwasla Lake which is a perfect spot for a pleasant getaway. The reservoir occupies around 22,000 square kilometres area and runs 35 metres deep. As the stream runs down the cliff, it resembles a heavy rush of water flowing effortlessly down the dam.
In the nearby region, the well-known National Defence Academy and Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS) are situated. You’ll find Sinhagad Fort and Karla Caves which are known as one of the ancient places to explore artefacts from a thousand years ago.
A prominent attraction in Pune, Khadakwasla Dam remains crowded with nature lovers, and adventure enthusiasts. If tourists love the idea of enjoying a relaxing sunny day under the canopy of a tree then there’s no better place to visit than the Khadakwasla Dam. Make sure to see sunset and sunrise, and visit the Sinhagad Fort. Monsoon is the best time of the year to visit the dam, but December-February is also a great time to go.
HISTORY OF THE KHADAKWASLA DAM
In 1869, the detailed work on the dam was started by the Captain Fife RE of the British Army as a respite to severe droughts. The man made lake close to the dam, Khadakwasla Lake is therefore called Lake Fife.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Khadakwasla Dam is during the monsoon season. Monsoon here is the peak season, and with good reason: mists and breezes from the falls can make the area feel cooler. It will allow tourists to take full advantage of the weather and attractions.
Spring and fall welcome fewer tourists because of the variation in temperature. Winter sees freezing temperatures which may make this area cooler than Pune. However, summers are usually avoided, due to the increased temperature of Maharashtra.
How to reach
By road – Khadakwasla dam is around 20 kilometres away from the centre of Pune. The road connectivity is in a better position and it’s quite convenient for tourists to visit Khadakwasla Dam. Ola and Uber cabs can be a decent option in comparison with self-owned vehicles. You can easily book a day trip.
By rail – If one wishes to take a train for Pune, that’s also a perfect option. Pune is connected to every major city of India – Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Kolkata, Chennai etc. After reaching Pune, you would have to cover a distance of approximately 18.5 kilometres to reach Khadakwasla dam by bus or cab. Most of the tourists hail a cab and travel to Khadakwasla Kudje Road to reach the dam or take a bus to Khadakwasla bus stands.
By bus –To reach Khadakwasla Dam by bus, you can take a bus from anywhere in the city. The closest bus station would be Khadakwasla Dharan bus stop and Khadakwasla Gaon bus stop. Amidst the canopy trees, the bus route ensures a majestic ride.
Timings – Khadakwasla dam opens around 10:00 AM and closes around 6:00 PM. Also, many tourists would suggest visiting during sunrise or sunset.
Entry Fee – No entry fee.
Height – Khadakwasla Dam is an undoubtedly impressive dam with an astounding width of 250 m (820.2 ft) and a drop of 31.71 m (around 104 ft). The water plunges deeper than that, as the Khadakwasla River’s depth is another 36 m (around 118 ft) on average.
Location – The dam is almost 20 kilometres away from the centre of the city of Pune in Maharashtra. A few kilometres away the twin dams of Panshet and Varasgaon are situated. In the southern direction, the mighty Sinhagad Fort is located.