Jawhar Tourism

Jawhar Tourism

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Jawhar Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Thane
Jawhar or Jawahar is a hill station situated in the Thane district of Maharashtra. Known as 'Mahabaleshwar of Thane district', Jawhar is famous for its scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage.

Jawhar is located at a distance of about 80 km from Nasik and 180 km from Mumbai. Jawhar shot to fame as it is the home to the Worli tribes, one of the tribal kingdoms in Maharashtra.

The past of Jawhar of Maharashtra is deeply rooted in tradition. The tribal way of living had in fact, fascinated the renowned Maratha hero Chathrapathi Shivaji and he chose to camp at Jawhar during his travels to Surat. Jawhar later became a princely state ruled by the Munke dynasty under the British Raj.

Jawhar has a thriving tourism industry today that has encouraged the infrastructure development in the area. There are a few water reservoirs and dams in Jawhar that are located at scenic places.  The serene surroundings of these water reservoirs and dams have become a major tourist destination.     

Though Jawhar is an important tourist destination, it retains its rustic habitat. The tribal surroundings of Jawhar are largely left untouched when compared to other tribal habitats. The natural beauty of the area remains unaffected by the developments in the modern world.  

There are several tourist attractions in and around Jawhar. The prominent among them are the ancient temples, Jai Vilas Palace, Bhupatghad Fort, the water falls of Dadar-Kopra and Palusa, the Hanuman and Sunset Points, Shirpamal, etc.

The Tribal Heritage tour is a popular activity among tourists who visit Jawhar. Jai Vilas also known as the Raj Bari, the ancestral home of the tribal kings, has become the gateway to explore the tribal way of living. Exploration of the hill station and trekking in the hills of Jawhar are other activities. From Jawhar, excursions can be made to nearby locations, Lonavla and Khandala, for picnics and trekking.

The Worli paintings of the Worli tribes of Jawhar has become world famous and has become the characteristic landmark of this place.  The Worli paints, made by rice paste, were initially used only to decorate their residences. The theme of Worli paintings is basically the rural life of the Worli tribe. The Worli paintings on canvas and paper have now become popular souvenirs of Jawhar.

Jawhar is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Silvassa and Palghar.

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Travellers from Mumbai, Surat

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Jawhar Traveller Reviews

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Haresh Raisinghani

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 18 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  17203 readers

"Highly underdeveloped"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2016
The place was touted be developed as the only hill station developed after independence, but as happens with other government programs, the place could not be developed as such. The area being declared tribal, private player's hand were also tightened. All the ingredients, good weather, forest covers, hills & rivers, approachability being available, the area has great potential to be developed as hill station, if only government wakes up.
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Asmita Pradhan

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Place is so peaceful and weekend getaway"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 11, 2015
It's roughly about 120 km away from Mumbai. You can either drive from Mumbai or take State Transport which runs from Thane to Jawhar. If you are driving, there are three possible routes which you can take but Thane-Bhiwandi-Wada or Dahanu Road- Jawhar would be good than taking other roads.

The pretty straight roads to curves and the scenes is breathtaking. The entire road is so much green.

Not much to do here except visit few points like Sunset Point, Hanuman Point and there's a waterfall on the way to Silavassa. But this place is so peaceful, it's a perfect weekend getaway for Mumbaikars. Not really a place where you would want to stay back for the night rather start early and reach home by late evening. A perfect long drive for those who love Highway.
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Radhika Ma

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"Rural Mania - holiday with a difference"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 15, 2015
I had heard about Rural Mania from a friend who visited with them during the monsoon. This year, I decided to pay them a visit in Jawhar. The whole experience has been fantastic. This was not just a holiday for me, because I was actually involved in some of the activities that Rural Mania is doing in this village called Kelichapada (about 6 km outside Jawhar). During the 5 hr we spend in the village on Saturday afternoon, we did a clothes distribution drive, we played with the school kids, visited the mango orchard (see pictures). This was a very fulfilling experience.

The evening was spent on the deck of the beautiful Rural Mania cottage where we were staying. Listening to music, chatting with others in the group and generally in a relaxed mood (see pictures).

The next morning was spent at this amazing waterfall called Kal Mandavi. This is a very secluded place, and you can reach this place only with the help of a local guide. But once you reach there, it is beyond belief. There are 5 waterfalls converging into a pond, all gushing water. You can stand below the waterfalls and just enjoy the water flowing off your body, jump & swim into the pond (all with the help of local guide, of course). We came back from the waterfall after spending 3 hour, thoroughly soaked in water and famished and there was another surprise waiting for us in the village. Delicious lunch prepared by the villagers (see pictures).

This is one trip which I will remember for a long time. This was a combination of social work and fun. The village experience was enriching as well as humbling and the waterfall experience was amazing. Planning to go to Jawhar with Rural Mania again in a few weeks time!!
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Nilesh Mahambre

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  • Nilesh Mahambre
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"Visit Jawhar for peace and tranquillity"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 7, 2015
We had a very relaxed weekend at Rural Mania in Jawhar. Very nice accommodation, close to the lake, very reasonable price. The best part was no TV and very limited mobile connectivity, which made for a nice conversation with friends. There are some nice waterfalls to visit even during the summer months, about 20 minutes drive from the cottage. You can eat nice home cooked meals at the villagers house. The best part was no traffic on the roads, unlike on the way to Lonavala or Matheran!!
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Malathi Rai

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"Amazing weekend getaway"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2015
Have visited Jawhar multiple times. Stayed at a beautiful cottage- Rural Mania. This initiative combines rural development of Kelichapada village with rural tourism. The cottage is aesthetically furnished, with wide open spaces outside and a beautiful, clean lake just 10 minutes walk away. !

Must visit. No crowds. Kalmandvi waterfalls is amazing. Leaves you spell-bound with the beauty of nature.
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Riyaz Vohra

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"Perfect escape from the city hustle bustle into an unexplored town"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 18, 2015
Jawhar is located close to Wada and well connected from Mumbai and other main cities. We visited this place in August when the rain spell has weakened and so was greeted with lush greenery all around. Multiple points to go around and a good waterfall nearby. Most important not much crowd and traffic which made it even more attractive.
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Sakthivel Durairaj

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  • Sakthivel Durairaj
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"A peaceful place to relax"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 3, 2012
Good location. Silent, peaceful place.
No movement after dark. A few good hotels.
Ideal place for rest and relaxing.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Few good hotels, Nice places to see around. No shopping at all.

Activities & things to do: not at all.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Dont go to sun set point resort. poorly maintained place.
No movement after dark. Reach before it is dark.
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Girish Ujal

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  • Girish Ujal
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 3, 2012
Overall the destination is awesome. wonderful nature.. must vistin place for nature lover. many places to explore, specially dabosa waterfall, and a DAM nearby that area..

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: For Food. the dhaba (name cant recall) it is situated on Highway .. this i first dhaba when you reached in jawahwar

Activities & things to do: Dabhosa waterfall and water activity

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: NA
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Vidyut Ingole

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"Hill station"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 31, 2012
It is a wonderfull hilstation just 60 km from thane,Mumbai. Good place to hang out in weekends.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Waterfalls are great attraction.

Activities & things to do: Rope climbing.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Go till virar or boisar and you will get a cab there.
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Hatim Kachwala

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  • Hatim Kachwala
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 5, 2012
Jawhar is a beautiful tiny hillstation in Thane District . It is 140 Km from Thane .
Nice place for weekend .

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There is an only resturant on the highway near to PWD guest house which is reasonable and good food.

Activities & things to do: Hanuman Point , Sunrise Point , palace an a dabussa water fall which is 10 km from Jawhar.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: There are two ways to go to jawhar .Thane Bhiwandi Wada via Vikramgad and other is from Wada to Jawhar via Khodala Mokhada to Jawhar ..This way is little longer but very beautiful Rivers and valleys . You are surrounded by mountains.
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