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Yolo Khopoli

The perfect sunset point: Kondagaon dam in Khopoli, Maharashtra

Situated approximately 21 meters above sea-level, surrounded by the Sahyadri mountain range, Kondgaon dam is located in Sundargarh district in Raigarh, Maharashtra. The dam was completed in 1978 for irrigation purposes. 

The dam is about one km away from Yolo Khopoli. And although it is just a 20 minutes trek from Yolo Khopoli to Kondgaon dam, one can chose to complete that distance by vehicle too. Visiting the place during the summers has the earth dry and the climate hot, although the trees on the way are in full bloom and some laden with fruits.

Get off from the vehicles at the entrance of the dam and walk a little to reach the large reservoir. On the way, you may encounter many cute, friendly pariah dogs, cows, bullock carts etc. It is as if the village is coming to life in the evening. The friendly locals greet travellers walking to the dam.

The trek is a little upward walk and then a descent to the dam. The water in the dam is pleasant, calm and still in the evenings. The dam is not too full during summers but in the monsoon it fills up and is very deep. Swimming and diving in it is not allowed.

A little further from the dam and reservoir is a small village. One can sit on the rocks around the dam enjoying their own company. The picturesque scenes of the mountains surrounding the dam, the sun setting and the flocks of birds flying back home, is a sight to behold.

Sitting next to the still water in absolute silence is very calming and relaxing. One can sing to some music making using sticks and a few stones. It’s an ideal spot to speak about life and the uncertainty about the future, to laugh and joke about some events in the past and how fortunate and grateful one is to be healthy and alive. As the evening starts to grow darker, make your way back  to Yolo Khopoli while the soft breeze accompanies into the night.

One can camp near the dam too but a campfire, tent, permission from the panchayat, torches, etc are needed.

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