A Visit To Ethipothala Waterfalls near Nagarjuna Sagar
OK, the Doordarshan generations promise me you will not think about the Liril girl while reading this post on Ethipothala Waterfalls near Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, and non-Doordarshan generations please do not Google it. Damn, just you won’t listen to me. Well, I can’t blame you for a generation or two of Indians the waterfalls are synonymous with Liril Girl Karen Lunel, who changed the way we take a bath under the waterfalls or dream about it. In reality, it is not all that glamorous and actually very tough to take a bath under a waterfall with all the algae, leeches, slippery and sharp rocks and a thousand bystanders and their uncles watching you.(this was 30+ years ago). (A bearded guy with wings and halo suddenly appears behind my shoulders and screams: OYE! Control desi this is a family blog). Me: OH, OK thanks for reminding that. Focus Focus Focus!
Should You Swim in The Pool of Ethipothala Waterfalls?
It is actually not a good idea to take a bath in the Ethipothala falls for two reasons
- You will have to climb down about 80 Ft, 70 ft the height of the falls and another 10 odd feet as the height of the viewing platform across the small gorge from which you view them
- If you are not convinced by the first reason the second will convince you. There are lagoons formed by the waterfall and some of them are used for crocodile breeding both captive on a farm as well as wild. Convinced? Good, let’s move forward 🙂
Good so I am back on writing the post hopefully, you are also out of waterfalls,( remember point no 2 above ?)
How To Reach Ethipothala Falls: The trip should be combined with Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and nearby places, once you cross the dam coming from Hyderabad side continue on the road towards Macherla, drive slow as it is Ghat road and keep on looking for signs for the Ethipothala Waterfalls. About 6 -7 KM on the Macherla road on the left side you will see a board announcing the falls. There will be a boom barrier on the small road manned by a shady guy in saffron he will force you to shell out 15 Rs, for some kind of tax. You can choose to pay him and save some time, or you can choose to argue with him for half an hour and then pay, you see life is all about choices. We chose the first option and continued towards the Ethipothala waterfalls. Total distance to Ethipothala Waterfalls from Hyderabad is about 193 KM, and you will have to cross the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam to reach the falls.
Best Time to Visit Ethipothala Waterfalls: During and after the monsoons from July to February when there is ample water in the waterfalls.
Mr. V Suresh, MBA in Center with his colleagues at Ethipothala Water Falls
At the parking lot near the Ethipothala falls some local lads wanted protection money to protect my car from the local langurs ( monkeys) for a ransom of 40 Rs. As the car is still on a loan from the bank and I was pretty sure they will not understand the brotherhood of langurs and local lads so I bargained for Rs 10 (the things I do for peaceful travel) silently wishing in my heart that none of them ever gets a hoor.
The Ethipothala waterfalls are well-managed by APTDC and there is an entry ticket for humans, the langurs could enter free. Wiki Gyan: Ethipothala Falls is 70 feet high river cascade, situated on the Chandravanka river, a tributary of the River Krishna. The waterfall is a combination of three streams namely Chandravanka Vagu, Nakkala Vagu and Tummala Vagu.
We met some students and teachers from Sri Sai Vidyaniketan Mahabubnagar, who were very excited to see my camera and some of them wanted me to click their photos. Their teacher Mr. V Suresh, MBA gave me his email address to send the pictures, which I did once I came back to Hyderabad. You can see some of the students and teachers with the Ethipothala waterfalls here in the pictures.
There is a small restaurant and some rooms managed by APTDC next to the falls, where you can stay if you are too keen to move away from civilization for a few days. The waterfalls are illuminated after dark (6:30 pm) but we could not stay for that long and missed the light show of the illuminated waterfalls. There are two temples one of Ranganatha Swamy and another of Dattatreya near the waterfall, which is very popular with locals. We missed them as we were very tired, but not before clicking some pictures of a family that was going to the temple. Though the temple is of Hindu god Ranganath an incarnation of Vishnu, the pilgrims were carrying green flags normally associated with Islam. I think this is another example of what a multicultural melting point this region is.
The car was still in its place and I promptly gave 10 Rs to the local lad who now wanted Rs 100 as he felt I have taken more time than he thought to come back. Now I was furious and said let me click your picture and give to police to trouble tourist, this quickly changed the power play and he promptly accepted 10 Rs and vanished along with his cousins.
While coming back just before the barricade where the shady guy in saffron sits, a cowherd was returning home with tens of cows, causing a huge traffic jam with his wealth spread all over the road. So here we were in the middle of a narrow road with cows in front of us and the light from our car and the light from the car in front of the cows creating a very dramatic effect. I had already packed my Nikon but the cell phone did a pretty decent job in catching the mood of the evening in this picture. What do you say?
Overall I would say Ethipothala waterfalls is a must visit if you are going to Nagarjuna Sagar.
Best time to visit Ethipothala Waterfalls is after Monsoons when the falls are overflowing with water. But for some fun family time Hyderabad folks can visit the falls anytime of year.
Other posts in Nagarjuna Sagar visit series are
- A Road Trip from Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar
- Places to visit near Hyderabad
- Boat to Nagarjunakonda Island Museum in Nagarjuna Sagar
- Buddhist Museum On Nagarjunakonda Island
- Family Fun in Coracles or Round Boats of Nagarjuna Sagar
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