Patale Chhango, also known as Hell’s Falls, has gone by numerous names over the years. This attraction, which is located close the Pokhara airport, has become one of Nepal’s most famous tourist destinations. Devi’s Falls is also known as David’s Falls, Devin Falls, and Davis Falls. The name may change, but the beauty stays the same. The tale of the Devi’s Falls lends a sense of mystery and adventure to this site, which is famed for its beauty and tranquillity. Davis Fall, a stunning waterfall in Pokhara, is a spectacular waterfall that, when it reaches its bottom, produces a 500-foot-long subterranean tunnel. Patale Chango, which means “subterranean waterfall” in Nepalese, is the name given to the fall. The waterfall is surrounded by lush vegetation and is fed by the Phewa Lake Dam. Devi’s waterfall, a Pokhara icon, is a must-see for everyone visiting Nepal. As you watch this gigantic fall struggle with rocks to break free, take in the beauty of nature.
Due to its natural phenomena, Devi’s Waterfall/ Davis Waterfall is unlike any other waterfall in the country. It denotes the point at which the Pardi Khola stream vanishes underground, leaving no trace of its existence. The splashes of water on the boulders provide a spectacular sight when the monsoons are at their peak. The freshwater that supplies the Devi’s Falls originates from the Fewa (Phewa) Lake, which flows down a stony creek before disappearing at the base of the cascade. It may seem impossible, yet the underground passageways are connected to the pit beneath the waterfall.
The waterfall, aside from a few splashes here and there, does not appear to be very fascinating or even pleasing at first glance. It is best to visit during the monsoon season to truly appreciate its beauty. The water breaks through the stony slopes and disappears into an underground tunnel at this period. The screaming of the waterfalls drowns out human sounds, and the dashing of the water necessitates the use of either a raincoat or an umbrella. Tourists aren’t deterred from walking close to the sea because of the high water levels, but if you walk too close, you risk drowning.
Reason behind the name being Davis falls: On July 31, 1961, a Swiss couple named Davi paid a visit to this magical spot. They had no idea that their journey was going to take a terrible turn. The overflow forced the woman into a sinkhole, where she perished while bathing in its waters. After three days, her body was found. The fall was given the name Davi’s Fall at her father’s suggestion. Some even claim that it wasn’t only the woman that drowned, but her husband as well. Devi’s Falls is the name given to the fall by locals, and it is by this name that it is most often recognized.
How to get there to Davis Falls: The waterfall is located on the road leading to Butwal, just before the Tashi Ling Tibetan Camp. To get to the falls, you may either rent a cab or take a bus from Phewa Lakeside. You may also hire a bike or a scooty to go to the destination to make your trip a bit more adventurous and to fully appreciate the town’s charm.
Best time to visit the Davis Falls: The monsoon season, when there is a lot of rain, and the summer season are the greatest seasons to see this beautiful spectacle. During certain times, the water rushes over cliffs and into gorges, putting on a spectacular show for tourists.
People have exploited this natural sight as a suicide site in the past, therefore the government has walled the entire region with metal wires to prevent further occurrences. It is also recommended that you keep your eyes alert and your legs a few feet away from the cliffs. From a safe distance, admire the waterfall’s splendor. The environment and fauna that surrounds Devi’s Falls is as beautiful as the cascade itself, and tourists will have plenty of photo possibilities here. Visitors to the Pokhara region are encouraged to visit Patale Chhango to learn about the falls’ folklore and to spend a relaxing afternoon beside the foamy water. Have a wonderful and peaceful time around the Davis Fall and enjoy the god’s grandeur here.
-By: Saru Niraula for Land Nepal