April 15, 2013

Talakona Waterfalls- A Hidden Secret...!!


Most part of the drive from Bangalore was through state highways, dusty side ways, tiny villages, dried up lake beds, brown fields, dying sunflowers, leafless trees, red earth, big boulders, cattle and other interesting landscapes. Summer had set in and the Rayalseema region of Andhra Pradesh was showing signs of a harsh one ahead. We were heading to Nallamala Hills, a part of the Eastern ghats which looked green in patches. Talakona waterfalls situated in the Sheshachalam range of the Nallamala hills was the destination. Nestled deep inside the forest within Shri Venkateshwara wildlife reserve, the falls drop from a height of 270 feet and is the highest waterfalls in Andhra Pradesh. The place is also quite well known for its rich flora and fauna. Tirupathi, a famous pilgrim place is very close to these falls.

This eco project of Andhra Pradesh Tourism invites you with a nice little temple at the foothills of the falls. There are numerous monkeys loitering around who are ready to flick your things if not careful. There is a small pond near the entrance and being a sunday, the place was crowded with kids and families splashing around. From there a narrow walkway led us to the falls and we had a first glimpse of Talakona after 15 minutes.


Children merry making at the pond

Pathway to the falls
The first glimpse
As we approached the falls, the sound of water thrashing on to the rocks was quite audible. The first glimpse made me sigh as I felt water was less and would be just trickles all over. I was however wrong when the whole falls came into sight. Yes, the water was not at its fullest, but the sight of the cascading falls was breathtaking. There was enough water and there was more than enough tourists, all excited to get under those cool waters. The falls has one big fall and then it cascades over many rocks as it flows down into the forest valley. The magnificent fall of the waters was a real stunner. It was crowded at the bottom of the falls and we were thinking whether to get under them or not when we spotted people taking bath at a higher tier, under the first big fall.

The big fall

Cascading waters

We trekked further up and the sound of  water thrashing and people howling became so obvious as we neared it. Thankfully it was less crowded there. The rocks near the falls were quite slippery and you just have a chain rope to cling on while you walk to the base of the falls. It was not a trickle that was falling down as it seemed from far. It was a thunderous experience to stand under those gushing waters and enjoy the feel of being thrashed by the force of them. I could hardly look up and when I did for a second, all that I could see were droplets falling through the sun rays.  Absolutely an overwhelming experience!

The big fall

It was getting painful after a while as the force of the water was getting stronger and our bodies found it tough to take. We all turned red by the time we came out of it. After a precarious walk over the slippery rocks we walked back. This place would be flooded during the monsoon and that would be a totally different experience. I am not sure whether one can get under the falls at the higher tier during the rains as chances of getting washed away with the waters are quite high. During the monsoons or immediately after that, the best place to get yourself a waterfall bath would be under the cascading falls. There is also a trek route all the way to the top of the falls. The views from there are supposedly exhilarating. It is advised to take guides along when trekking all the way up.



Signing Note- An enthralling falls set inside an engulfing forest...!!

Route- Bengaluru- Hoskote- Chintamani- Madanapalle- Vayalpadu- Pileru- Bakharapeta- Talakona

Distance- 240 Kms

52 comments:

  1. And they look beautiful. I envy the people in the pond right now!

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    1. :), It was awesome to cool under those falls.

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  2. Nice places, well presented!


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  3. Amazing place and unheard of ! gr8 captures as ever ! :)

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    1. Thank you. It is not well known on the tourist circuit.

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    1. Post monsoons the lace would be breathtaking.

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  5. Nallamala is in my wishlist.... need to visit this monsoon!!
    Good photos and information. Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. Beautiful place with lovely waterfalls.

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  7. Such soothing shots in this summer!

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  8. That is one beautiful waterfalls and pictures too are great! In India whichever beautiful waterfalls I have visited, the beauty gets marred by the huge crowd of howling drunk humans in their underwear in the ponds. I really hate that part!

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    1. Thanks Kusum. This place was also not short of suh tourists.

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  9. RND These waterfalls are wonderful. Thanks for showing me one of the unknown places

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  10. Must be the beautiful place...your pictures and write up is also very good...

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  11. if we trek inside, there's another beautiful falls

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    1. Yeah, would love to visit that falls next time.

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  12. A great trip through the pics..thanks for sharing

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  13. Loved the post and the pics... reading through the post almost gave me the feel of the magical water drops falling on my face illuminated by the sun rays... must have been a wonderful trip... keep sharing :)

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  14. Nallamala still not touched in many aspects..great job..!

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  15. Good one, Niranjan. You brought the place to life for the reader.

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  16. a cascading fall which looks absolutely brilliant!!

    i have been near some really forceful falls and can understand when you say the fall on forcing your bodies!! its an exhilarating yet a mildly fearful moment!!

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  17. Great Blog and Seriously Saying, this is the really Beautiful place with lovely waterfalls.

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  18. That waterfall does look unique. I'm sure it's a hidden treasure. :)_

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  19. will august be a good time to visit this area??

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    1. August should be a good time to visit the place. Monsoon and post monsoon are the best times.

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  20. Nice ya! Much thanks full If I would get advice on going this place on this April, may thanks in advance

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