Andhra Pradesh is the biggest and most populous state in South India. It is also known as the Rice Granary of India. Being ruled by several dynasties, the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Satavahanas, the Chalukyas and the Vijayanagar, Andhra Pradesh is a land of rich historical and cultural heritage. Apart from the historical monuments and pilgrimage centers, the Kohinoor of India is also blessed with many beautiful waterfalls that attract tourists all over the world.
List of 8 Most Famous Waterfalls in Andhra Pradesh
1. Kuntala Falls
The river Kanda flowing through the dense forests of Sahyadri mountain range is cascaded as the Kuntala falls. It is about 45 meters tall and is situated on the Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh.The waterfall got its name after Shakuntala, the beloved wife of King Dushyant. It is believed that Shakunthala used to bath by the falls and fell in love with the King. The beauty of Kuntala falls is beyond words when the river Kanda filled with heavy rain water during monsoon. The air surrounding the waterfall is covered with mist and the water below is seen as gentle foam. The mild breeze smells us the scent of the dense herbs. Near to the waterfall is the Lord Someshwara Swamy temple and we can reach there by passing through a spectacular hill slit. During the festival of Mahashivratri, the temple is filled with worshippers from different parts of the country.
2. Talakona Waterfalls
Also known as Sri Venkateshwara Park, beautifully cascaded down from a height of 270 feet. Talakona is famous for its scenery of green vegetation and is in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is 49 KM from Tirupathi, one of the most famous pilgrim centers in India. Due to the presence of a wide variety of flora and fauna this place was declared as Biosphere Reserve. The local people are believed that the water has healing properties. In Telugu “Tala”means head and “Kona” means hill, so Talakona is the head hill. Lord Siddeshwara Swamy temple is located very close to the waterfall.
3. Ethipothala Falls
One of the rising tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh is 70 feet tall and is on the Chandravanka River, a tributary of river Krishna. It is 11 KM near to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. There is a viewpoint in the adjacent hillock. The lagoon formed by the waterfall is a crocodile breeding center. Ethipothala in Telugu means “lift and pour”. Trekking and camping facilities are available. There are direct bus services from Hyderabad, Warangal and Vijayawada to the waterfall. The Buddhist sites, Ranganatha and Dattatreya temples are some other local attractions.
4. Kaigal Waterfalls
Because of the sound of waterfall that resembles the fall of stones from above Kaigal waterfall is also called Dumukurallu waterfalls, is 2.5 KM from the Kaigal village is on the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Surrounded by the Koundinya wildlife sanctuary, the only elephant sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh, Kaigal village is situated on the Kuppam-Palamaner Highway. The waterfall is about 40ft tall and comes down from a big rock above and form beautiful ponds below. The best season to visit is the monsoon which is between June and October.
5. Kailasakona Waterfalls
Kailasakona waterfalls are beautiful natural water falls present in Nagari hills of Chittoor district. The waterfall is originated from a split of a big rock and has very clear water with lot of medicinal powers. The mineral values of this sacred waterfall can heal ailments. The nearest major place of Kailasakona waterfalls is Tirupati and a lot of local bus services available to from there to this waterfall. We can drive up to the foot of Kailasakona waterfalls. The best time to visit Kailasakona waterfall is November to January.
6. Mallela Theertham Waterfalls
This waterfall is located in the dense and thick Nallamala forest in Andhra Pradesh. The Srisailam Tiger Reserve is a part of the forest and the waterfall is about 58 KM from Srisailam. During rainy season the muddy road make it difficult to drive and the best season to visit is between October to February.
7. Pochera Waterfalls
In the midst of Sahyadri mountain range, different streams of water from the Godavari River reunites and splashes down from a height of 20 meters to form the Pochera falls. It is a monsoon fed waterfall and is in the Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh. Pochera falls is about 12 to 14 KM near to the Kuntala falls and 246 KM from Hyderabad.
8. Tada Falls
This beautiful waterfall is also called Ubbalamadugu falls or Kambakam falls is located in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. Tada is on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and it is 80 KM from Chennai. Varadayyapalem is the nearest village to the falls. Since there is no proper road, trekking is the best way to reach the falls. Ideal time for visiting the falls is between October to February.