Hyderabad: With festival holidays extending into the weekend, it is the right time to plan a long drive. And Kuntala waterfalls in Adilabad which are now in full glory thanks to the recent rains, is one such destination.
Kuntala is the highest waterfall in Telangana, cascading from a height of 50 meters (150 feet). The waterfall originates from a confluence of several ponds that lead to the river Kadem and it cascades down as two separate waterfalls adjacent to each other.
The waterfalls, which is located in the dense teak forests near Neredikonda village, are about 60 km from Nirmal as well as Adilabad. Nirmal is about 220 km from Hyderabad (NH44).
The destination is beautiful and so is the journey to it. The road looks beautiful due to the lush greenery on either side interrupted by some rock formations. You can give in to the temptation of halting to a side to click the beautiful landscapes. The drive from Hyderabad is smooth even as road works are near the first toll gate at Manoharabad.
While there are multiple routes, those travelling on the Hyderabad-Adilabad road, should take the underpass on the left and then take a U-Turn to hit Neredikonda. From there, it is a 15-km drive on a single road, which has been battered on corners at a few stretches.
One can feel the humidity rising in the forest area. The place is shutterbugs’ delight with light prying through the tall teak trees. As monkey troops are on the prowl it is best to not carry any food packets in hand. But you will need water as you descend and ascend the steps.
Those with a spring in their feet can take the kaccha route to reach the cordoned waterfall. There are many picture-perfect locations and it will be difficult to not click them. The cascading waters look like a huge white balloon with the sun getting behind. The stream continues to burble along its route bubbling over rocks and dried branches and appears green at the foot. Locals say the waterfall will be in full glory for a few weeks more. Later, it will be live but with a lower volume and force.
There is a vantage point on the other side of the road offering a top view of the dense forests and a live stream, which got activated due to the recent rains. There will be haze all around. It gets pretty dark at dusk even as fog envelops the area.
Dhabas here dish out some piping hot vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes on order. The menu is not huge but will look appealing after the energy-sapping trek. Some of the stalls have made ‘jhulas’ using teak tree trunks.
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