Hundru Falls and The Mystery behind Subarnarekha River

Jharkhand is the land of natural beauty but unfortunately, it is one of the most underrated places in terms of tourism. It is a pain when a region has so much to offer to the bucket of tourists but is yet undiscovered. Jharkhand is an underdeveloped state and this is one of the main reasons why it has been neglected over the years. Hundru falls plateau is in the edge of Ranchi plateau. Let’s discover the beautiful Jharkhand and fall in love with the state. ( Read about Chandil Dam, Jharkhand – A dam in the bushland )

“Jharkhand – A New Experience”

We bring you the Hundru Falls, the third post in our Summer Series – The waterfalls in India.

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 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 Hundru Falls is an example of a Knick point caused by rejuvenation. Knickpoint, 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.


How to visit Hundru falls, Picnic Spot near Jharkhand

Hundru falls is one of the most visited and loved places of the people of Ranchi and Jamshedpur. During the rainy season, the falls turn into a giant monster but during winters it proffers one of the best picnic spots.

The waterfall creates a natural pool at the base, as it falls from a great height, where people can enjoy swimming. To watch the water falling from a height of 322 feet while standing with your legs dipped in the pool is a sight to behold. The hard truth is one has to walk down more than 700 steps to reach the pool but the sound of the waterfalls while walking down the steps makes you feel energetic; it works as the magnet that pulls you towards itself.

Things to do at Hundru Falls

I must say, this place is highly photogenic; you can click some amazing snaps here. I have a lot of memories attached to this place. Almost every winter we used to go for a family picnic when I was in school, it used to be so much fun.

The Mystery behind Subarnarekha/Swarnarekha River

“Subarnarekha” or “Swarnarekha” which means the “line of gold” is the river that gave birth to the huge Hundru falls. The interesting fact about this river is that gold particles are present in its river bed and thus is often referred to as “the river of gold“. The mystery behind the presence of gold particles in the river is still unsolved. Geologists believe that the gold particles get mixed in the river water while it flows throw many rocks and stones but still has not been proved. 

Few of the tribal people in the villages of Tamar and Saranda does the work of finding gold particles and sell the particles to the local goldsmith. It is the only source of family income for many tribal families. It may sound great and an easy way of income but no it is not. A person takes an entire day to find one or two particles of gold. In a month an individual can find not more than 70 to 80 particles for which they earn only 6 to 8 thousand rupees.

Hundru falls distance from Kolkata

The distance of Hundru falls from Kolkata is 373KM via NH19 and 382KM via NH19 and NH320.

How to Reach Hundru Falls from Ranchi

You can reach the waterfalls from Ranchi via Purulia road, Hundru falls distance from Ranchi is around 50km so it takes maximum 2 hours to reach.

So this was all about Hundru falls and the mysterious “Subarnarekha” or “Swarnarekha” river.

P.S: Be very careful while visiting the falls in monsoon and do not get down in the pool. Be Safe. 🙂

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Monalisa Bose Roy

A travel blogger cum financial expert with a vision to encourage tourism in Eastern India. Bose was born and brought up in the steel city of Jamshedpur, located in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Being born in the Eastern region, Bose has visited a lot of lesser-known places in the region. By her writing, she tries to spread awareness about those undiscovered gems of Eastern India.

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