Sometimes, the same vigorousness of city life that keeps you in high spirits can get on your nerves and push you over the edge. All you would want to do then is to run away from the cacophony, and find solace in Mother Nature’s lap. Blessed with abundant serenity and beauty, she can pamper and rejuvenate you.
With the mainstream tourist spots getting just as crowded as any other city hub these days, chances of you finding a perfect getaway are not many. But worry not; our Telangana is blessed with many such wonders, tucked away in hidden luscious green spots, far from the clutches of the city’s chaos.
Take up an expedition to explore and discover the many waterfalls in the State, which will not only serve as a treat to the eyes, but also gift you with opportunities to delve deeper into the mysteries of the nature. Let the place cast a perennial enchantment on you, as you trek your way to picturesque sceneries and relish the pure, chilled water.
You might know the more popular ones like Bogatha Waterfall in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, or Kuntala Waterfall in Adilabad district – but tread further into the less travelled trails and you’ll have pleasant surprises awaiting you.
This is one of those pristine beauties of Nature which is hidden away from the human dwelling. To reach this place, one should be willing to take the risk of travelling through deep forests. Mukti Gundam waterfall happens to be a treat of Kadem River, which is a tributary of River Godavari.
How to reach: Located close to the National Highway that connects Hyderabad to Adilabad, it’s a bit easier to access it from Nirmal. Of course, you need to walk for 5 kms to reach Mukti Gundam waterfall.
Situated in the middle of the Sahyadri mountain range near Neradigonda village in Adilabad is the Kuntala waterfall. Considered to be the highest waterfall in the State of Telangana with a height of 147 feet, these waterfalls are in the dense forests occupied by the Gonds. Kuntalu means ponds in both Telugu and Gondi languages, and hence the name — as the waterfall is the result of a merger of many ponds.
Another myth behind the name of the waterfall is the belief that Shakuntala and King Dushyanta fell in love with each other at the site of the waterfall and so it’s named after Shakuntala.
How to reach: Adilabad is the nearest station around 58 kms away to reach via train or bus. From there, one can either take public transport or hire a vehicle to reach the gushing waters of Kuntala.
Bogatha waterfall, also known as Chikupally Falls, is situated amidst thick forests of Kaleswaram and Bhadrachalam in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district and merges with River Godavari. It’s a sight to behold as the cascading water drops from a height of over 30 feet in several parallel streams, and is collected into a large pool at the bottom. Swimmers can rejoice as swimming here is considered safe. It is a favourite picnic spot for the inhabitants of the nearby villages and heavenly experience for tourists.
How to reach: Warangal is the nearest station around 140 kms to reach via bus or train. From there, one can reach Chikupally village via Eturnagaram. One has to walk down at least 2 kms to reach this place as it’s located amidst thick vegetation.
The magnificent Gundala waterfall that drops from a height of 10 feet attracts the tourists with its picturesque landscape. This massive waterfall is slowly turning to be a major tourist spot of the district and nature lovers from all over India are now making a beeline to visit the hitherto not-so-popular waterfall. Tourists also visit the ancient temple of Peddayya, a God worshipped by the farming community and Adivasis, located at Ootla hamlet, on the way to Gundala.
How to reach: Mancherial is the nearest station around 60 kms from the falls. Gundala lies 20 km from Dandepalli, situated on the Luxettipet-Jannaram road, around 40 km from Mancherial district. The road to reach the location offers a thrilling drive with a winding ghat road for over 10 km.
Surrounded amidst lush greenery Pedda Gundam Waterfalls is an ideal weekend getaway for those who are all for a peaceful place which is an amalgamation of nature’s best inventions.
This waterfall is slowly turning out to be the most favourite one amongst people from surrounding areas for several reasons. Apart from a beautiful view, its proximity to nearby villages, other waterfalls and easy-to-reach routes make it the best spot amidst flora. Located in Kokasmannar, Ichoda mandal, Adilabad district, the best time to visit this waterfall is from September to December and also during monsoon and post-monsoon.
How to reach: From Hyderabad, the distance of Pedda Gundam waterfall is 276 kms. One can reach this place from Pochera Waterfalls by travelling the distance 18.1 kms. It can also be reached from Kuntala Waterfalls and both the waterfalls are just 27 kms apart.
At a distance of 51 kms from Warangal, Bheemuni Paadam is a one-of-a-kind waterfall located in Telangana. Regarded as one of the best tourist places in Warangal district, the rock formation in the shape of Bheema’s foot print is the reason behind it being called Bheemuni Paadam (Bheema’s foot print).
The water drops down from a height of about 70 feet and the flow is especially heavy in monsoon season. A 10 km-long cave beside the falls is the other site to visit here. Best time to visit the waterfalls is during monsoon. A large number of tourists throng the place during weekends and on holidays because of its accessibility from Hyderabad.
How to reach: The nearest station is Warangal. Located between Manoharabad and Narsma, the distance by road from Warangal is 51 kms and takes about 4 hours to reach. Commuters from Hyderabas usually go by their own vehicle.
This waterfall located near Zaheerabad Mandal, Medak, is slowly gaining popularity among nature-enthusiastic tourists. It is also being chosen as one of the options for weekend getaways from Hyderabad. The picturesque place is even more beautiful during the rains as it is lush green all around.
How to reach: From Hyderabad, the distance by road is around 134 kms and takes about 3 hours to reach. From Zaheerabad, it is about 25 kms away and can be reached by local transport.
Sabbitam is a village in Peddapalli Mandal, Karimnagar district of Telangana State. Located just 5 kms away from Sabbitam village, this waterfall is ideal for a short trip with friends. The access road may not be ideal but that’s only for a small stretch.
How to reach: Those travelling from Hyderabad can reach Karimnagar, the nearest station, either by train or by road. Distance by road is 208 kms and takes about 4.5 hours to reach the Peddapalli area and then the Sabbitam village.
Bodakonda village and panchayat in Ranga Reddy district of Telangana falls under Manchal mandal. Bodakoda has a range of beautiful hills which are topped with half-a-dozen villages. This amazing place is the best spot for those who love trekking.
How to reach: Located around 12.4 km away from the main town of Manchal, it would take just a couple of hours to reach here. If you are planning a visit, it is better to arrange your own transportation. You can also plan a bike trip.
Mallela Theertham is a waterfall located in the Nallamala Forest in Nagarkurnool district. This waterfall of the River Krishna is a visual treat, especially during monsoons. Also, rainwater does not percolate because of volcanic rocks and generally runs off the mountains into the Gudlakamma River which originates from these mountains.
How to reach: It is located around 58 km from Srisailam and 185 km from Hyderabad. One can reach there by taking a bus till Srisailam and then hiring a cab for the remaining distance. If you want to avoid the hassle of renting, plan a cool road trip on a weekend.
Mitte waterfalls is located at Pittaguda village in Adilabad. A pleasant road trip will take you to one of the most amazing places in the State. The waterfall is a two-kilometre hike from Pittaguda village. The roads are excellent, so if you’re planning a road trip, rest assured that it would be pleasant.
How to reach: You can reach this place by bus till a point, and then arrange transport from there. Or, if you are comfortable with 350 km drive, you can start early in Hyderabad and reach here. There is no accommodation available at Mitte Waterfalls; but, you can either stay at Nizamabad or Kaddam.
In the middle of a forest, the Pochera waterfall is a perfect getaway to unwind after a hectic week. Plunging from the height of 20 metres, it is the deepest waterfall in Telangana.
The bed of the waterfall is of pure granite which gives it emerald tinge making it a rare sight. This waterfall will definitely allure you to take a dive in it as it is wide, flat and boasts of a mesmerising landscape but, being the deepest waterfall it is also dangerous if you are not careful. Also, as the force and current are strong and rocks are slippery, you are advised not to wear flip-flops.
How to reach: The Adilabad railway station is the closest to Pochera waterfall, situated at a distance of 49 kms. You can also find RTC buses to Pochera waterfall from Adilabad bus station. The distance from Hyderabad is approximately 267 kms via NH44.
Located in Jafarkhanpet village of Kalva Srirampur mandal, the Pandava Lonka waterfall has already attracted a lot of tourists. According to a local legend, during the vanavasa phase, Pandavas spent a few days at this place and even built a temple for Lord Shiva. The ancient Shiva temple, which stands till date in a valley, has a Hanuman statue as well.
How to reach: As you go from Peddapalli to Mutharam enroute to Manthani, you would reach Jafarkhanpet. But, you would have to walk about 4 kms from the village to reach Pandavalonka waterfalls.
This beautiful waterfall is the pride of Neradigonda mandal of Adilabad district. It’s one of the natural waterfalls in the State. The water which flows from Rajura Gutta reaches Koratikal waterfall via Vangidi vagu (stream).
How to reach: The waterfall falls in the route that leads from Nirmal to Adilabad, and from the National Highway, it’s about 20 kms. Those coming from Adilabad have to travel about 65 kms to reach the Koratikal waterfall which is located near the village with the same name. If you’re travelling from Neredigonda mandal to Nirmal, it’s about 10 kms.
Situated near a small village named Girnoor in Bazarhatnoor Mandal, Kanakai waterfalls is also known as Kanakadurga waterfalls. It is a beautiful package in itself, offering you an opportunity to walk up to the waterfalls, basking in the glorious beauty of its surrounding nature.
Located at a distance of 282 km from Hyderabad and 51 km Adilabad, the waterfall also has a historical Kanaka Durga temple close to it, where devotees have been coming to seek the blessings of the Goddess since the days of yore. Kanakai has three other falls on its trail which are also worth visiting.
How to reach: When you reach Ichoda mandal of Adilabad, this waterfall is located in Girnoor which is around 12 kms away from Bazarhatnoor. If you travel 2 kms from Girnoor, you can reach Kanakai waterfalls.
According to a legend, when Lord Srirama was travelling in the area surrounding River Godavari along with Sita, he felt thirsty. So, it is believed that in Tretayuga, the Lord has created 108 gundams like Palagundam, Nethigundam, Dharmagundam, Bhairavagundam, and Jeedigundam, among others, to help quench his thirst. And, the lake which was used by Sita for her bath came to be known as ‘Sithamma Kolanu’.
How to reach: RTC buses ply from Karimnagar to Godavarikhani, besides private vehicles and autos. Those who are travelling by train can get down at Ramagundam station and reach the place in an auto. However, one needs to get off at the bypass road and climb the hill for 2 kms.
If there’s one place that houses some awesome waterfalls with amazing views, it is Bhadradri- Kothagudem’s Manuguru mandal. Attracting tourists at multiple levels is the Ratham Gutta waterfall where the water falls off the ledge from a height of around 30 feet making it one of the most picturesque locales.
How to reach: Located about one kilometre from Manuguru, it can be reached by walk. A commute of about 330 kms takes travellers from Hyderabad, who use their own vehicle, to Manuguru via Khammam. There’s a train till Bhadrachalam. Add another 5 kms to the distance if you’re travelling via Etunagaram. There are also buses from Hyderabad to Manuguru.
Its proximity to Hyderabad makes the Ajjalapuram waterfall popular with locals.
Located 40 kms away from Ibrahimpatnam, this waterfall flows freely through the hillocks spread in thousands of acres, twisting and turning at many places, and emerging in the most mysterious ways. Surrounded by huge hills, this waterfall winds and unwinds in an alluring way.
How to reach: Take a left from Mall village enroute to Nagarjuna Sagar. From Mall village, one needs to travel about 10 kms to reach Ajjalapuram and from there one needs to walk for 2 kms to enjoy this waterfall.