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|
|The big fall|
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
And they look beautiful. I envy the people in the pond right now!ReplyDelete
:), It was awesome to cool under those falls.Delete
Nice places, well presented!ReplyDelete
very beautiful scencesReplyDelete
Post monsoons the lace would be breathtaking.Delete
Nallamala is in my wishlist.... need to visit this monsoon!!ReplyDelete
Good photos and information. Thanks for sharing!!
Thanks Aravind. Head there soon.Delete
Beautiful place with lovely waterfalls.ReplyDelete
It indeed is a gorgeous place.Delete
Such soothing shots in this summer!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
Thanks Kusum. This place was also not short of suh tourists.Delete
Wonderful pictures ...ReplyDelete
Must be the beautiful place...your pictures and write up is also very good...ReplyDelete
if we trek inside, there's another beautiful fallsReplyDelete
Yeah, would love to visit that falls next time.Delete
Nallamala still not touched in many aspects..great job..!ReplyDelete
Good one, Niranjan. You brought the place to life for the reader.ReplyDelete
this look real great :)ReplyDelete
Glad that you liked it.Delete
a cascading fall which looks absolutely brilliant!!ReplyDelete
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!!
Yeah, indeed an exhilarating one!Delete
Lovely. Nature at its best.ReplyDelete
That waterfall does look unique. I'm sure it's a hidden treasure. :)_ReplyDelete
It absolutely is :).Delete
Nice ya! Much thanks full If I would get advice on going this place on this April, may thanks in advanceReplyDelete
I have been there, and trekked up the path with friends.ReplyDelete
The trek is amazing!! halfway up the trek, if you look back, you see trees and forest to the limit of vision. Nothing else, just trees all around! It is a spectacular view.
Then once you reach the top and walk around a little more you actually come to another waterfall. This second fall is the feeder waterfall to the main waterfall. But this time you are at the top of the fall looking down into a huge hole in the ground, at the bottom of which there is a lake. The water then leaves from one side of this lake and supplies water to the main waterfall. The whole experience is one of my top memories (and I have travelled many places in india and US).
Nice to know about that. That seems like one awesome experience.Delete