The Hundru Falls is a waterfall located in Ranchi district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It is the 34th highest waterfall in India. It’s one of the most famous tourist place near Ranchi in Jharkhand.
The Hundru Falls is created on the course of the Subarnarekha River, where it falls from a height of 98 metres (322 ft) creating one of the highest water falls in the state. The spectacular scene of water falling from such a great height has been described as a sight to behold. The different formations of rock due to the erosion by the constantly falling of water have added to the beauty of the place.
The Hundru Falls at one of the edges of the Ranchi plateau is one of the several scarp falls in the region. During rainy season it takes a formidable form but in the dry season it turns into an exciting picnic spot. At the base of the Hundru Falls, there is a pool, which serves as a bathing place.
The Hundru Falls is an example of a Knick point caused by rejuvenation. Knick point, also called a nick point or simply nick, represents breaks in slopes in the longitudinal profile of a river caused by rejuvenation. The break in channel gradient allows water to fall vertically giving rise to a waterfall.
The Hundru Falls is one of the favorite picnic spots during summer season. Subarnarakha River is basically a monsoon river which turns wild during this season. But during summers, its streams remain calm and enchanting. It provides relief from heat as many visitors prefer to bath under this murmuring water fall. The continuous fall of water makes big pool at the base which is mostly used to take bath by visitors.
The view of water fall during monsoon reminds one of Niagara Falls, where loads of water cascades from such elevation. The sound of water fall is so loud that people can’t hear each other. It is not possible to reach the base of fall, hence only mesmerizing and picturesque view are offered by this site. But, the smoky ambiance created in the backdrop of cascading water and green advent leaves every visitor amazed.
Best time to visit Hundru Falls
The best time to visit this waterfall is in summer or at the end of the monsoon. As during rainy season the place takes a terrible look due to the disruption of its surroundings by the rain water. Due to the rain water, the rocks also become slippery and can cause accidents.
There is also a Shortcut and simple four-lane road from Ranchi via Ormanjhi via Sikidiri to Hundru Falls. From this road the distance is about 39 kilometres (24 mi) which is about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) short from the normal road.
There is also a Suvarna Rekha Hydral Project located down the falls which is also a good place for Tourists.