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Toranmal – the hidden hillstation

The third in the series 🙂 This is what you do if you have one class each day just ahead of a hectic week. Toranmal (our pics here) had been in my mind ever since my neighbour told me about their trip last year. The famed Google does not give you much info for a “Indore to Toranmal” search. Every site assumes Toranmal is meant for people from Maharashtra. I am left with the Badwani (MP) and the Nandurbar (Maharashtra) district maps to make a best guess of the route. This would be my first cab trip here. We talk to a few cab operators here none of which were sure about the route. Finally we fix one operator to pick the 8 of us on campus at 4am on a Sunday. Two possible obstacles – 1. a World Cup semi 2. Saturday party fever. I choose to skip both whereas the rest choose to postpone their sleep to the time when we travel on the Qualis. We had asked the cabwallah to send us a driver who is well-versed with the route.

Alarmed at 3.30, I have a quick bath and am ready by 4am. The red-themed party is still going on in the wee hours of the morning. Our cab is there by 4.20 am and we are off by 4.30. What punctuality! 🙂 The driver did not know the route. Our best instincts at map reading had told us that our next stop had to be Badwani – the last district in MP. We thought of finding our way from there. We sped on NH3 past the Ghat sections after Mhow. We cross the Narmada at Khalghat. It has been a journey of leg pulling and great fun. One of my friends points to us the portion of the river which parts to form a map of India though I could not see it much. Soon after, we part off the NH to take the SH to the district HQ Badwani. The SHs are sometimes much better than the NHs, at least in MP. We reach Badwani at 7.30am, happy to cover a distance of 150km in 3 hours. Time to have the aloo parathas packed from our night canteen.

We get the shock of the day. The friendly folks there tell us we had come to the wrong place. There is no motorable road to Toranmal. We could walk to Toranmal for a distance of 20km. Khetia is the town to go and we would have another 150km to go through not so good roads. We retrace our route and go to Khetia (10am) – the last point in MP, going an extra distance of 50km. Soon after we cross the borders and we are in Shiv Sena territory. Further ahead on the Khetia to Shahada road, we see a road to the right and a signboard saying 40km to Toranmal. We are greatly relieved. On the sides of the road, we see banana fields and other crops. About 10km down, we hit the Shahada to Toranmal SH2. Kabu wonders if we have enough petrol in the Qualis. This brings fresh bouts of laughter in the cab. The last 25km stretch is entirely Ghat section including the picteresque ‘Saat Paira’ or the seven bends of the road. We are enthralled during the climb. The sight of mist-filled mountains allures our senses. Mid-way we see a stunning View Point.toranmal-viewpoint.JPG

We go further ahead, see the Kala Pani board not the waterfall and the Saat Paira board too. We make haste, having lost time in going around. The beautiful Yashwant Lake comes in our view very soon. Somehow, this place reminds me a lot of Munnar. Toranmal is much more unspoilt than Munnar. On the way we also see the temples of the place and the Lotus Pond. Local kids try to sell us lotus buds. Our next stop is the Sita Khai which has scenic valleys and cliffs. The strong guys have a go hearing their echoes here. sita-khai-pose.JPGWe see a stream and gather around it. We find our way to the decent Toranmal restaurant at one edge of the lake. We order our food. We had two guys who can speak Marathi and they converse at ease. As our food gets ready, we go to the highest View Point Khadki Point. This point has panoramic views of the valley and the board lists the Narmada among other places that can be seen from there. The donkey snap donkeys.JPG comes out well. The tribal huts look like cute match-boxes from up above.tribal-huts-from-khadki-point.JPG

We proceed to the restaurant and have our food. It is time to go boating at the lake. The only boats they have are pedal ones and our legs get some hard work. We get tired very soon and do not use our one-hour quota. yashwant-lake-with-the-driver.JPGWe had a target to start our return trip by 3.30pm. But this excessive pedal exercise advances our plans and we return by 2.45pm. On the way back, we stop at the Machindra Nath cave pathway. Learning that we have to walk about 1.5km to reach the cave, we turn back. As is often the case, our return journey is quick. We reach Sendhwa on NH3 which has an ICICI Bank branch (yippee). From there, Indore is about 150km away. The return trip takes just about 5.45 hours as against the 7 hours we spent on travel in the morning.

Info:
Toranmal toranmal-map.JPG is about 260km from Indore. From Sendhwa on NH3 (Bombay side) [150km], proceed to Khetia [60km] and Toranmal is about 50km away. Like every hill station, it has an ubiquitous lake (boating too), seasonal waterfalls, a cave, innumerable view points and delightful walking meadows. It remains hidden from the public view partly because it is so far from civilisation and there are other popular spots like Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, … There is no mobile network here yet. There are few hotels and fewer people. We regretted making such a short trip. Ideally we should spend at least a whole day walking around. The Maharashtra tourism website identifies it as a trekkers’ paradise. The weather, they say, is pleasant all year round though I feel the monsoons are the perfect times to adore the place. In short, a real getaway 🙂

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Categories: Indore getaway, Travel
  1. Anand Manjrekar
    6 April 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Pleased to read your report on the unfrequented hill station that we plan to visit in the near future. Hope the road from Dhule is in good condition. Regards,
    AM, Mumbai

  2. Abhishek Purohit
    28 May 2007 at 10:15 pm

    Amazing write-up. Good to see enthusiasts like you share your experience with others. Thanks i won’t go all the way to Badwani from Indore!

  3. 11 June 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Could you give the telephone nos of the hotels in toranmal?

  4. Bala & satish
    10 November 2007 at 10:19 am

    Hi,Could you please tell me how to book a hotel and also give me the tel nos in this beautiful place

  5. 20 November 2007 at 1:20 pm

    Hey guys,

    Sorry. I don’t have any hotel names or their phone numbers to recommend.

  6. anonymous
    5 September 2008 at 4:27 am

    alll rubbbbbish…………it sucks 2 da core!!

  7. Srikumar
    9 December 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Just came back from there. Thought it was brilliant. Though obviously the best time to visit would be during the monsoon. Added benefits, some ruckus over passing through a tribal area.

    Stayed at a place called Hotel Sheetal/Toranmal Hill Resort. The number is (02556)244151, 9422286375. But you or your post might reach earlier than your call. They have no landlines (thats what they claim). Power is from a windmill, no MSEB. BSNL surprises you with an occasional signal.Idea works near a cave.

    Take a week off. Grab that book you’ve always wanted to read. You’ll come back not reading a page, but still smiling.

  8. 25 December 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Very good site. Thanks!!!

  9. vishwas
    8 May 2009 at 1:00 am

    Hi,

    Not sure whether you are still around. This site gave me good insite into Toranmal which I plan to visit this summer. I came to know about it from your post only.

    Wanted to know, or from someone else who might have visited there, if it is fine place to visit with family. I will be going there with 13/3 year old daughters. How are things from safety and medical point of view.

  10. tejas
    23 May 2009 at 1:44 am

    thanks for the information given here .
    it helped me a lot .

  11. Anand
    11 September 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Toranmal, I do not know but i was searching it on Google map then another search in Google and finally found it. We all near about 10 student of COE Shahada visited Toranmal in 1999.

    It was a fantastic experience and that I still miss. There is a guest house of Irrigation Department people can book it from Shahada or Dhule.

  12. good information
    10 October 2009 at 11:38 am

    Very good information of toranmal.

  13. sanjay vaidya
    24 October 2009 at 4:06 am

    Good information. I intend to visit Toranmal on 30/10/09 and would like to write more on return.

  14. priya
    25 January 2010 at 3:45 am

    Hi…..i like reveiws of this place…but please can anyone tell me if it is safe for a summer camp for kids of age 10-15???? hows the food, hotel and medical facilites??

  15. roshan sonawane
    28 October 2010 at 3:58 am

    hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  16. 16 January 2011 at 12:49 pm

    god twon……….hotttt

  17. 16 January 2011 at 12:50 pm

    good

    • vishal
      9 October 2011 at 3:23 am

      toranmal is agreat place to visit. full of thrills.
      we are also developing a paraglyding centrre thr. it has 2 trekking points and 2 trail points. its a habitat of a very rare bird spotted forest owlet which was considered to be extinct. Some rare indian vultures can also be seen. however the facility here are not up to mark. we r developing it to international standards.

      vishal vmali
      forest officer shahada

      • Atul
        3 February 2012 at 12:20 pm

        Dear Mr Mali, nice to know you are taking efforts to bring Toranmal in lime light. Can you please share your views on email to me : atulsaboonsk@gmail.com
        Thanks

  18. renuka
    2 March 2012 at 12:35 am

    DEAR REALLY AMAZING TO READ ABOUT UR TRIP I WAS COMPLETELY LOST IN UR EXPERIENCE , I TOO WILL PLAN FOR IT
    THANK YOU.

  19. rohit kadu
    14 September 2014 at 7:27 am

    I do support the view in Toranmaal-A Hidden Hill Station. Infact a small boost is needed to improve halt arrangement and secuirity for tourist. Other wise every thing is beautiful there. Nature is still untampered, unlike other hill station. We had a single halt, morning mist in dark and dense woods was mind blowing. It stimulated our enthusiasm to move around other spots. It was great day.

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