A WONDER OF NATURE : PERENNICL “UMALA” FOUNTAIN NADHAVADE
This foundation is situated at village Nadhavade Sardawadi along Talere-Vaibhavwadi road. It is in fact the water source of river named Gothna. There is a grand temple of Mahadev near which a forceful stream of water burst out. According to the opinion of environmental experts such bursts out of water is due to some volcano is ancient times. The flow of the water stream turns into Gothana – river that flows in South to North direction. Actually there is a confluence of three small rivulets near three temples of Shri Brahmadeo, Shri Mahadeo and Shri Nagdeo. Besides there are some other small brooklets in the vicinity of main Umala there brooklets form the river Gothana that flows ahead to form the Napane fall which flows ahead through villages like Sherpe, Tithavali and Kharepatan. The same river called Sukha river becomes ahead the Creek of Waghotan Vijaydurg where confluence of the creek and the Arabian Sea takes place.
THE THRILLING KARUL GHAT
(The Mountain-pass in Sahyadri)
It was during the period from 1957/58 to 1966/67 that the Sahyadri Mountain – pass called as Karual Ghar was constructed and inaugurated on 26th Jan. 1967. This Ghat has many semi – circular curves and slopes with high mountain cliffs on one side and the deep breath-taking valley on the other. During Monson the whole atmosphere is full of shady green foliage of wild trees, non-stop pouring of rains and the thick, blue mist all around. As it were a thrilling and enchanting dream. There’s pleasant display of silver surfy showers of waterfalls at the mountain-side and the thick, wet blue covering of mist floating upwards from the depth of the valley is indeed a nectar to eye. There is a small temple of Shiva at the entrance of the Ghat, while at the U-turn near the entry into Sindhudurg District, is a rare Echo-point from where you can hear your call resounding thrice back. This Ghat starts at village Karul at the foot of the Sahyadris (in Sindhudurg District ) and ends at Gaganbavda, a taluka place in Kolhapur District. So it is also called Gaganbavda Ghat. Similarly, there is another mountain-pass leading to village Bhuibavda in the Northern ranges of the Sahyadris, which is also as worth-seeing as Karul Ghat.
Ainari is a remote village at the foot of the Sahyadri Mountain, in Vaibhavwadi Taluka. There’s a cave here in hill, supposed to belong to the period of the Pandavas. (five heroes of the epic Mahabhrat) According to folk belief, the cave was cared inside the hill by the Pandavas when they were in exile. The approach road (5km) from the village, through hilly area, is very rough & hazardous. It’s a challenge for tourists to crawl the 15ft distance from the entrance to the interior of the cave. Once you get into it you are wonder struck to see its well-cut structure, carved into a large, soil rocky cliff at considerable height of the mountain. At the entrance, you come across water-tanks with autonomous spring of water. The interior consists of bath-rooms, stone buckets, stone beads buckets, stone beds in each room as well as a worship room with phallic image of length 40ft and width 30ft with round shaped support pillars of stone and an artistically carved door. Every room has neat, clean cut windows a hollow space for keeping torch light (mashal) the cave is partly blocked by trapping of earthen particles of rock. More ever there are the separate water tanks at some distance from the cave. Adventurous tourists must make it a point to visit the Ainari cave a thrilling rare site.
The wonderful waterfall at village Napane in Vaibhavwadi Taluka is not only an enchantment for the surrounding area, but also a view-point of honour of the whole district. It flows perennially at the distance of 6km of Kolhapur – Talere state highway. It is a suitable sight for summer tourism. The fall is originated from underground spot of the Gothane-river at village Nadhavade, where this river source is in the form of a stream flowing constantly (called ‘Umala’). There are many other small falls, safe for bathing which according to medicinal experts is a sort of medical remedy for skin diseases. This fall is believed to be a holy spiritual sight, as the famous Saint Gagangiri Maharaj had formerly observed penance at the foot of the fall. So in near future a grand Datta Temple as well as Gagangiri Ashram will be constructed in the vicinity of the Napane fall. This fall offers opportunity for studious observers. The tourists from Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Pune and many other places school and college students on excursions visit this fall. Govt. has proposed here Boating-project, hanging bridge and Children’s Park etc. At present, there is facility of snacks and dinner as well as lodging.
GAGANGAD : HIGHEST HILL FORT AT GAGANBAVADA
This fort was built during the period from 1178 to 1209 AD on the highest peak of the Sahyadri Mountain. As there are water walls here the fort is also called Bavada Fort. It is on the western plateau of Gaganbavada Town. It was built by a king named Second Bhoja, belonging to Pulkeshi Dynasty. (Formerly it was a watching centre between Konkan and Desha upland countryside) during anicent period.) Here lived a great Spiritual Master Gahininth belonging to a religious creed called Natha-pantha.
He observed penance and ascetic practices here. There is the shrine of Gahininath upon the highest cliff of Gagangad. It is call “Gaibi-peer”, that is visited by devotees. Hindus as well as Muslims alike. Later on a spiritually enlightened youth, just 15 to 18 years of age, started coming here frequently and observed ascetic practices here. He was called “Bala Yogi” He was nobody else but a famous spiritual Sage Gagangiri Maharaj who later on lived here permanently and renovated the fort. He also transformed his cave into a grand temple of Datta. Thousands of his devotees come here to evoke the blessings of Gagangiri Maharaj. Daily sacred lunch (Maha prasad) is served to the devotees. On the annual day of Dattajaynti a grand fair is held at Gagangad. There is also a spacions building named ‘ Bhakta Niwas’ near the Datta temple.
Distance : from Gaganbavada S.T.stand 2km, from Kudal to Gaganbavda (via Talere) 85km from Kolhapur to Gaganbavada 58km