Trek to Shankar Falls & Wilson Hills, Valsad
Come monsoons the Western and Southerns parts of India are blooming with greenery and colors of Nature. Every weekend can be made into a weekend getaway and explore the scenic landscapes spread across the western ghats. This weekend we drove to Wilson Hills. A small hill near the city of Valsad in Gujarat. It can easily be termed as Lonavala of Gujarat. Beautiful small hill with the adrenalin rush of 10-12 sharp hair pin turns to reach it. Awesome views as you rise up. Small waterfalls peeping up across the road you travel. It was no short of a dream sequence right from a Bollywood movie. Green Meadows, Cattle grazing, Faming, and to top it up we explored an hidden waterfall called Shanker Falls which give you an opportunity to explore an awesome trek of about 1-1.5km.
Enjoy the journey, Destination is just a milestone.
We started from Surat and reached Wilson Hills in around 2 hours drive. It can be reached in around 4 hours from Mumbai and Vadodara too. On the way to Wilson Hills we were amazed by various points which gave a clear view of the valley and the river flowing below. Clouds all around and light drizzle added to landscape.Reaching the top of the hill we found that as quoted above the journey was really the highlight of the place as the destination didn’t had much. Though the weather and view were great and any nature lover, wanderer, traveler would just loose him/herself in the beauty of it, but for regular travelers there is not much at the top. A restaurant ensures some good munching and a small tomb for some pics. Next came a wonderful surprise, when traveled ahead to visit a waterfall named “Shankar Doodh” The falls are huge falling from the mountain making huge roar and the best part is they are not accessible directly from the road. Park your vehicles and get ready for some trekking. Trekking through small streams and falls, green meadows, flowing river and lush green farms just make your day. We didn’t expected this and were really grateful to have come across the little by luck. After trekking for some 1000 meters you reach the bottom of the falls and the view is serene. Spend sometime there and head back. The only negative we found was a decent place to stay will only be available around 45mins drive away. We are exploring and may be will update something good next time. We are sure the place will force you to change plan and stay for a day at least. Monsoons stay a bit longer, there is so much to explore.