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Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary and Zarwani WaterFalls- A Weekend Getaway spot

  • Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Narmada district of Gujarat.
  • Sanctuary has vast undulating terrain, ever-pervading greenery, somberly silent rocks, gentle youthful streams, majestic waterfalls, breathtaking landscapes.
  • This forest is one of the best in the state, is spread over an area, includes a major watershed feeding two major reservoirs with the Rajpipla hills as backdrop
  • Sanctuary derives its name from a historic temple of Lord Shiva, which once existed in this region on the banks of river Narmada, now submerged.
  • The Drive- Ahmedabad to Vadodara – on the expressway approx 98 kms. Then from Vadodara-Dabhoi-Rajpipla-Gora Village- Shoolpaneshwar Sanctuary – 130 Kms.
  • Entry Fees- At the forest department check post you pay the entry fees of Rs. 200/ vehicle and enter.
  • The narrow pathway leads across various hillocks, the forest keeps getting denser. Drive through a small stream of water which leads you to the Zarwani falls.
  • Remain ‘incommunicado’ at least for a day. This waterfall is deep in a jungle, the mobiles are dead and there are no electricity lines overhead.
  • Guide- You will find local tribal people who also act as guides and will tell you where exactly to step inside the water, or else you might slip.
  • You can relax on the rocks across the stream of gushing pure water. The water is actually so clean that you can see through and spot small fishes at the bottom.
  • Travel Advisory- 1. To visit the falls, permission has to be availed from the Forest Office.
  • 2. The waterfall is to be trekked from the parking place. It is better to wear sports shoes, shorts and carry light luggage.
  • 3. Avoid slippery rocks while climbing near the waterfalls.
  • 4.Do not litter and avoid plastics.
  • 5.The electricity generated is with solar energy. It should be used responsibly.
  • 6.No smoking within the forest and waterfall area.
  • 7.Carry sufficient food and drinking water as there are virtually no eating joints within the forest area.

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