Andhra Pradesh is filled with natural beauty which leaves everyone in awe. One of the countless natural attractions are the numerous waterfalls in the state. Here is a list of the top 10 of those:
1. Talakona Waterfalls
This 270 feet(82m) tall natural attraction is in the Sri Venkateshwara National Park which is located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is the tallest in the entire state. Talakona (‘tala’ – head, ‘kona’ – hill) allegorically means “the head of the Seshachalam hills” as these mountains are believed to be the starting point of the Tirumala mountain ranges.
2. Chaparai Waterfalls
Situated in the verdant Araku Valley, this is flat and is a perfect water-side picnic spot for children. It is situated on the Gosthani River, which cuts through the famous Borra Caves.
3. Katiki Waterfalls
Also situated in the lush Araku Valley, this beauty takes a bit of trekking to reach. It is also situated on the Gosthani River. Situated 4 km from Borra Caves, it takes a 2 km trek to reach this place. Worth the effort, for the cool water rejuvenates every muscle!
4. Tadimada/Ananthagiri Waterfalls
Situated 30 km from Araku or 3 km from the Ananthagiri village, this is a 100 m tall drop. It is one to the best waterfalls in the region.
Located in the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary situated in the Chittoor district, this waterfall is perennial. But the beauty is enhanced in the monsoon season. The other name ‘Dumukuralla’ originated because of the sound resembling the falling of stones from above.
6. Tada/Ubbalamadugu Waterfalls
This place is located to the north of the city of Sri City located in the Chittoor district. Coming under the Buchinaidu kandriga and Varadaiahpalem mandals the falls are located 80 kilometres (50 mi) from Chennai and 35 kilometres (22 mi) from Srikalahasti. It is located in the Siddulaiah Kona forest.
7. Kapila Teertham Waterfalls
Also located in the Chittoor district, these falls are located near Tirupati. Mythology has it that Kapila Muni had performed penance to Lord Siva at this place and blessed with the Muni’s devotion, Lord Siva and Parvathi presented themselves at the temple adjacent to the falls. During ‘Kartika’ month on the occasion of its “mukkoti” on the ‘Purnima’ (full moon) day, all the teerthas situated in the three world’s merge into this Kapila Teertham at noon for ten ‘Ghatikas'(one ghatika is equivalent to 24 minutes). It is believed that persons bathing in it at that auspicious time will attain salvation from the cycle of birth and death (‘Brahmaloka’).
8. Kailasakona Waterfalls
These are a natural perennial waterfall in the valley of Nagari Hills in Chittoor District. The water originates from a split in the mass rock. The water here is crystal clear having considerable mineral values. There is a small temple of Lord Shiva and Parvati near the waterfall. It is said that the water here, has some medicinal powers and can heal ailments.
9. Nagalapuram Waterfalls
These falls are a frequented trekking location. Located in the Chittoor district, this place is a perfect getaway from the fast paced city life.
10. Ethipothala Waterfalls
This 70 feet(21 m) falls is in the Guntur district. Located on a tributary of the Krishna river, this waterfall is a combination of three streams namely Chandravanka Vagu, Nakkala Vagu and Tummala Vagu. In the Telugu language, the name means to ‘lift and pour’.