Backpack and head to Belgaum on an overnight guided trekking trip, which shares two well-kept secrets in this part of Karnataka – Shimbola and Phanaswadi Waterfalls. Both waterfall treks take you through a trail of around 12km (to & fro) that would be for around 6 hours. Quaint, yet illustrious waterfalls, they have a perfect setting – the heart of the Western Ghats near Chorla. Shimbola Falls fed by Shimoli stream takes you through deep valleys, dense jungles, and mysterious surroundings. While trek to Phanaswadi Falls has some steep ascends and descends making you cross the borders of Karnataka and Maharashtra.
On the first day, you’ll be transferred from your hotel in Belgaum around 7am to the campsite in Kankumbi. Your waterfall trek of about 5 hours will start from Maan Village (8km) after breakfast. The trek is marked by boulder hopping, crossing offbeat trails, and roughing it out. At the end of three hours, when you’ve had your packed lunch on the way, you’re face-to-face with Phanaswadi Falls. A favourite among trekkers, a chill shower at the end of the falls is enticing and cleansing. Head back to Kankumbi, retire in your tented accommodation or lose yourself around a bonfire.
Next morning is a relaxed start. Around 10am, head back to Maan Village to explore the newest waterfall on the block – Shimbola Falls. This is a circular trek on a gradual terrain leading to a steep descend to the waterfall. Way back it’s an ascent. You can have packed lunch on the way or eat at the campsite. Head to Kankumbi, from where you will be transported to Belgaum after refreshments in the evenings.
Duration: 2 days
Difficulty level: Moderate