Talakona Waterfalls Timing: 6:00 AM to 7:30 PM
The Talakona waterfalls is in Sri Venkateswara National Park, Chittoor District of Andhra pradesh in India. With a 270 feet (82 m)-fall, Talakona is the highest waterfall in the Andhra pradesh state. Talakona is also known for the Lord Siddeswara Swamy Temple, which is located close to the waterfall.
Talakona is located in Nerabailu Village in Yerravaripalem Mandal of Chittoor District. It is located 36 kilo metres (22 mi) from Piler, 58 kilo metres (36 mi) from Tirupathi, 220 kilo metres (140 mi) from Chennai, and 105 kilo metres (65 mi) from Chittoor and 250 kilo metres (160 mi) from Banglore.
Chittoor is well connected by road and rail. There are buses from other parts of the state as well as the neighbouring states, which take you to Chittoor.
Talakona literally means head hill in Telugu (tala – head and kona – hill). However, Thalakona allegorically means “the head of the Seshachalam hills” as these mountains are believed to be the starting point of the Tirumala mountain ranges.
Talakona is a place in Yerravaripalem Mandal of Chittoor District near Tirupati about 49 km away. It is a resort well endowed with waterfalls, dense forests and wildlife. Mostly famous for its waterfalls, Talakona has the most wholesome and serene atmosphere. This area was declared as biosphere reserve during 1989-90 due to the presence of rich variety of flora and fauna.
The Talakona forests host certain rare and endangered species of animals like Slender Loris, Indian Giant Squirrel, Mouse Deer, Golden Gecko, Panther, Porcupine, Chital and Sambar. Endemic species like Red Sander, Cycas beddomeii and Enteda like giant plants are also found in this region. The forest is mostly covered with sandalwood trees with some valuable medicinal plants.
There is a beautiful waterfall falling deep into the valley from solid rock cliff on the upper reaches. According to the local residents, it is said that the origin of water is difficult to be traced out since an underground stream suddenly surfaces here and this water has healing properties since it passes through lot of herbs of medicinal values.
There is a 240 meter long canopy rope walk, about 35 to 40 feet height, giving a thrilling experience to the visitors while walking. There are mighty trees around with birds and monkeys accompanying during the canopy walk. There are number of trek routes in different categories giving an option for you to choose a route that fits you.
You also come across an ancient Siva temple which is flooded with devotees during Shivarathri festival. There are also deep caves scattered over the mountains where it is believed that sages meditate eternally. A stream line flows near canopy walk area where a bathing ghat is under construction.
The waterfalls is amidst beauty and greenery. The water of the Talakona is enriched with herbs and people believe that it has healing properties. Talakona was declared as Bio-Sphere Reserve during 1989-90 because of wide variety of plant species present in the region. A long and treacherous trekking route leads to the top of the hill, which can be reached by multiple paths. Talakona hills geographically is considered a part of Eastern Ghats.
Accommodation at Talakona Waterfalls :
At Talakona, Two different Guest houses are available, Forest Guest House and TTD Guest House.
Forest Guest House:
Forest Guest House is maintained by Forest dpt of andhra pradesh, here 6 Suites (rooms) and 2 Dormitories with attached toilets is available. The cost is also very nominal.
Suites costs around Rs 600/- per day
Dormitory costs around Rs 1000/- per day.
TTD Guest House:
TTD Guest House at Talakona has 12 rooms, each room has two beds with attached toilets. TTD Guest House cost is Rs 250/- per day. These guest houses are maintained by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.
Food at Talakona Waterfalls:
At the canteen you have all varieties of foods are available at affordable price. On request Non-Veg food are also prepared here.
- Best time to visit Talakona Waterfalls is between November and January.
Donots and Dos at Talakona Waterfalls:
Political / Union / Association meetings
Using high frequency sound systems / speakers
Using plastic meterials / covers
Using no parking places
Creating sound / Air / Water pollutions
Hunting of wild Animals
Poaching of wild Animals
Entry into Sanctuary / National Park without permission
Entry into Sanctuary / National park with vehicle without permission
Entry into Sanctuary / National park before sun rise and after sun set
Disturbing the flora and fauna.
Cooperate with the forest staff / CBET members
Advance booking of cottages
Using only parking places
Keeping of cottages and toilets clean
Enjoy Nature without any disturbance
Advance order of food arrangements
Conducting jungle trials with prior permission
Using paper bags / Covers
Using rope way walk
Educate the Children about environmental conservation and wildlife preservation
Entering CBET with valid ticket
Using watch towers and sit outs
Helping in plastic free zones
Talakona Water Falls,
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Talakona Waterfalls Route Video: