Tungareshwar temple is the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is situated in the midst of the Tungareshwar hills, besides the Tungareshwar river which has numerous waterfalls in the months of monsoon. It’s a wonderful place to be in during the rainy season (June-September).
Tungareshwar hills (Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary) have been declared a protected area since the year 2003. It lies just north of the SGNP boundary(north of Nagla block). The Shiva temple and the numerous waterfalls on the river can be reached from Vasai station easily.
How to reach Tungareshwar?
Go to Vasai station East. Look for rickshaw stand, the share rickshaw charges you Rs 20 per head. Will drop you in front of the Tungareshwar mandir dwar. From here the temple is 4 km trek.
Alternately if one has own vehicle then take the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, take the Tungareshwar phata which is very near to Vasai phata, from here you can go right up to the temple. The road is a dirt road though wide enough, in monsoon the stream crosses the road at couple of places.
Food : One can carry own stuff or there are stall near the temple and also at the start of the phata.
Best time to visit : Monsoon. June – September. As there are numerous waterfalls one can enjoy during the time.
There are 3 waterfall which I encountered till the temple, the first one is in middle of the trek, the second one is the largest for which one has to travel besides the stream, the third one is located ahead of the temple complex.
Tungareshwar temple can get crowded on Sundays, public holidays and in the month of Shravan.
Cost : Should cost less than Rs 200 per head, if using public transport.