Adilabad is the Land of Waterfalls and is blessed with best of the nature. It is located in Sahyadri mountain range and networked with canals and forests. It has total 14 famous waterfalls and only six are listed below. The other falls are hard to reach.
Kuntala Waterfall is situated in the middle of the Sahyadri mountain range near Neredikonda village. Kuntala Falls is the highest waterfall in Telangana state with the height of 200 feet. Kuntala falls formed by Kadem River and cascades down through two steps from a rocky platform. It is one of the famous one day outings and a good weekend getaway from Hyderabad city. There is a motorable road till the entry point of waterfalls from where about 408 steps have to be climbed down to reach the bottom of the falls.
The Kuntala fall is situated in a serene location with wonderful views of the nature surrounding thick forest. The road between Neredikonda and Kuntala is filled with thick vegetation and the drive offers wonderful experience.
According to the popular and prevalent local belief Kuntala Waterfall got its name after Shakuntala, the beloved wife of King Dushyanth. The pair fell in love with each other and were mesmerized by the scenic beauty of the surroundings. The locals also believe that Shakuntala used to take bath in the waterfall.
This is a small waterfall formed by Wankidi Khalya creek, Which is on the to Kuntala near Nirmal town. It is on the left side of the new highway at Bandam Regadi and Kortikal(B) villages. This waterfall is best place for picnic and family outings. Tourist going to Kuntala can spend some time here and enjoy these natural waterfalls.
Pochera Falls is a beautiful waterfall on Kadam River. The falls are located at a distance of 10 Kms from Neredikonda village. The water flows through rocky bed over several steps to finally descend into a big pool from a height of about 40 feet in 2 steps. The surroundings of the falls are maintained well along with a park by Tourism department. Motorable road is available till the falls.
The waterfall is situated in a beautiful location with breathtaking nature. The surrounding are well maintained and it can be a good picnic spot along with Kuntala Falls.
Gayatri waterfall is a very less known place situated on a small River, a tributary of Godavari River. Along with Kuntala and Pochera Falls, Gayatri falls is another fascinating waterfalls in Adilabad district. This is a a magnificent waterfall and attracts large number of tourists in monsoon season.
Gayatri waterfall is also called as Gadidha Gundam or Mukti Gundam by the villagers. It is located at a very secluded place inside deep forest near Tarnam Khurd Village. This stunning waterfall is cascading down from a height of 100 ft into the valley to create a magnificent sight. There is a pool at the bottom of the falls and visitors can reach pool and swim. The rocks are very slippery should be careful while swimming in the pool.
How to reach Gayathri Falls:
From Neredigonda village on NH 7, Kupti village comes after 6 km (on the same highway) where you will find sign board for Tarnam village on the right side. Turn right from here and drive for 2 Km on mud road to reach Tarnam Khurd village. One can go by vehicle only till Tarnam. From here 5 km trek is required to reach the falls. It is advisable to take a local from Tarnam Khurd village as a guide to reach this place.
Kanakai is a place for 3 nice waterfalls on Kadem river located at a distance of 2 km from Girnur Village of Bazarhatnoor Mandal. This is also a good trekking destination. Bandrev waterfall and Cheekati Gundam are located in a single trial with Kanakai waterfalls and are visited together.
The Kanakai waterfall, also called as Kanakadurga waterfalls because there is a Kanaka Durga temple located near the waterfall. Large number of devotees from nearby villages visit the temple during festivals. The waterfall is cascading down from a height of 30 ft. There is a big pool at the bottom of the fall. Swimming at the falls is a great experience for the visitors. When you climb up to the top of the falls, you can get the panoramic view of the falls and the surrounding area.
The three falls at Kanakai can be reached only by trekking. First is a small one where water flows through rocky formations forming small but wide waterfall with an average height of 10 feet, second one is the main falls (Bandrev waterfall) about 1 km from the first one where water cascades down into a big pool from a height of about 30 feet with a width of about 100 feet. This is the place where a stream is merged into the Kadem river. Third one is called Cheekati Gundam which is few hundred meters away from the second one. It is similar to the first one with dense forest and dark surroundings. The whole area is covered with thick vegetation and sharp rock formations.
How to reach Kanakai Falls:
From Ichoda, you have take left and drive towards Bazarhatnoor via Adegaon Khurd, Pipri and reach Girnur. After driving for 1 km from Girnur village, there is a sign board pointing towards a mud road on the left that leads to the temple and waterfalls. Vehicles can go further 1 km from here (not accessible in peak monsoons) and the waterfall is further half km from there (10 minutes walk). It is advisable to hire a villager as guide from Girnur village.
Sahasrakund Waterfall is an amazing waterfall on the Penganga River, a tributary to Godavari River at Murli village. This fall is located at a distance of 4.5 km from Islapur village (Maharashtra), 60 km from Nirmal. The water drops from a height of 50 feet to form the breathtaking waterfalls. The rock pattern in surroundings of the falls is also interesting, as the black rock appears like a metal. The water force is quite high during monsoons and not advised to get into the water.
There are two temples near the falls on both sides of the river. A long ramp facilitates good views of the waterfalls. There is a watch tower nearby that gives breathtaking views of the waterfall attract many visitors during peak rains. The view of the waterfall is wonderful from the other side of the river. There is a bridge across the river little further away from the falls (1 km). Sometimes the road to the bridge becomes inaccessible for four wheelers, but it can be walked down. It is advised not to get into the water due to the heavy flow and sharp rocks.
How to reach Sahasrakund Falls:
From Nirmal, the waterfall can be reached via Dhani, Swarna & Islahpur. The road from Nirmal is average and can get worse during heavy rains. Public transportation is limited to this place from Nirmal (one bus that runs four times a day). There is also a railway station (Sahastrakund Railway Station) which is half km from Islahpur and 5 km from the waterfall. This station is connected with Hyderabad, Nagpur, Nanded and Adilabad.