Bhira Dam is in Roha taluka near the western coast of India in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. The dam is located on the river Kundalika and is also known as the Tata Powerhouse dam. The dam is famous for hydroelectricity generation, but at the same time, it is much popular as a tourist destination.
Raigad district, Maharashtra, India.
Bhira dam, popularly known as Tata Powerhouse dam, is located in a small picturesque village with a marvellous waterfall near Kolad. The Dam, constructed in 1927 by the Tata Power Company, is believed to be one of the giant hydroelectric projects in India. The water from this dam is used for irrigation purposes by the nearby villages. The power generated from this unit has been a greatest supportto the many industrial activities in the Mumbai Pune region.
Bhira is in the mountainous region of Sahyadri in Western Maharashtra. It is 132 KM southeast of Mumbai and 104 KM to the west of Pune.
The climate at this place is hot and humid with abundance of rainfall, the Konkan belt experiences High Rainfall which ranges around 2500 mm to 4500 mm. The temperature reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius during this season.
Summers are hot and humid, and the temperature touches 40 degrees Celsius.
Winters have a comparatively milder climate (around 28 degrees Celsius), and the weather remains Cool and Dry.
Things to do
Bhira is well known for its beauty, especially in the monsoon season the Sahyadri ranges get covered with clouds and the lush greenery attracts the tourers from Mumbai and Pune to this place.
The place is famous for boating, trekking, photography and picnics. Some seasonal waterfalls also form around the dam region.
Nearest tourist places
- Devkund waterfall: Situated 1.2 KM away from the dam, Devkund Waterfalls is a mesmerizing waterfall surrounded by green fields and high cliffs. Tourists can enjoy the picturesque scenery as well as the trek.
- Tamhini ghat: Situated 23.7 KM south of Bhira dam, this place is famous for its scenic beauty and cascading waterfalls. It is a popular weekend getaway for trekkers as well as nature lovers.
- Kolad: Situated 29.4 KM west of Bhira. Kolad is very popular for adventure sports such as river rafting as well as bungee jumping. It is also popularly known as Rishikesh of Maharashtra for its rapids and river rafting.
- Plus-valley trek: Located 31.3 KM away from Bhira, the medium level trekking trail is known for its breath-taking scenery. It Is near Tamhini ghat.
- Raigad fort: Situated 51.7 KM to the south of Bhira, the fort was constructed under the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1674. It has served as the capital of swarajya. At this fort, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was crowned.
Special food speciality and hotel
Though not many restaurants are available here, tourists must carry their own food with them. A couple of hotels in the vicinity will offer food only if you order them in advance.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station
Accommodation is available in the form of Hotels, cottages, homestays and riverside camping.
Numerous hospitals are around Kolad.
The nearest post office is at a distance of 1 KM.
The nearest police station is at a distance of 1.4 KM.
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit
While the summers here are a little humid as compared to the other seasons, the monsoons are the best time to visit.
During the rainy season the entire region comes to life, one can witness numerous waterfalls and rivers flowing at higher velocities
During the winter season, one can enjoy the scenic beauty of the region with dipping temperatures.
Language spoken in area
English, Hindi and Marathi.