Davi’s Falls is a waterfall located at Pokhara in Kaski District, Nepal.
The water forms an underground tunnel after reaching the bottom. This tunnel is approximately 500 feet (150 m) long and runs 100 feet (30 m) below ground level. On 31 July 1961, a Swiss couple Davi went swimming but the woman drowned in a pit because of the overflow. Her body was recovered 3 days later in river Phusre with great effort. Her father wished to name it “Davi’s falls” after her. Its Nepali name is Patale Chango, which means “underworld waterfall”.This is one of the most visited places in Nepal.
After exiting the tunnel, the water passes through a cave called Gupteshwor Mahadev or “cave beneath the ground”. The Phewa Lakedam is the water source. The cave also acts as a tourism site because it has complex designs and people even forget the way inside the cave.
The water that feeds the Devis Falls comes from the Fewa Lake, which follows a rocky stream and then rushes down to the waterfall. The water ultimately disappears after a hide-and-seek for 5 long kilometers.
As with most legends that are connected to sights in Nepal and around the world, the story related to the Falls has been retold so many times, that the correct tale has been lost. One of the versions tells of a trekker or hiker that went by the name of Devis. The unfortunate hiker was swept away suddenly by the water and carried down into the underground passages and caves that run below the waterfall. The other tells the story of a Mrs Devis, a Swiss tourist in Nepal, who was swimming in the Fewa Lake. The dam unexpectedly started to overflow. Devi’s husband helplessly looked on while the water swept his wife down the waterfall. This version took place on 31st July 1961 and the body of Mrs Devis was never recovered.
The best time to view this spectacular sight is during the monsoon season when there is a high rainfall. During this period, the water runs and plunges over rocks and through gorges, giving visitors a breathtaking show.