Nagalapuram falls are a group of small beautiful falls in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh state, India. There are four small falls cum pools at Nagalapuram.
Nagalapuram Waterfalls are easily accessible by trekking some distance. You need to walk some distance along the stream side to reach the falls. You can hear sound of the fall waters from a distance.
Nagalapuram trekking packages are very popular. Local guides are there to help you. An ideal landmark for the local guides to pick up the trekkers is the small Dam at Pichattur. They may take you by tractors up to the water stream, for a fee. From there, you need to trek. The trekking route is along the water stream, on your left. You can trek without much difficulty, up to the second pool. There is a small rock to climb, having a height of 7 or 8 feet or so. There are steps to climb this rock. After the second pool, trekking becomes little bit difficult. It is advisable only for an experienced trekker.
Its an ideal weekend getaway place for the Chennaites, especially for the bachelors. They can go by bikes and enjoy trip. Its advisable to go in groups. There are no shops on the trekking route to the falls. Please buy sufficient water and snacks in advance.
Nagalapuram town was built by Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara Empire, in memory of his mother Nagala Devi.
Nagalapuram town has the famous Vishnu temple, Vedanarayana Temple. The deity here is in the form of Matsya (Fish in English). Fish was the first among the ten avatars (or incarnation in English). i.e. Fish was the first incarnation among the ten incarnations Lord Vishnu has taken. The 10 incarnations are called Dasavatara. Vedanarayana temple is built in the Vijayanagar style of architecture. The specialty of the Nagalapuram temple architecture is that during the three day temple festival, sun rays falls on the main deity’s fore head, navel and feet.
How Do I Go to Nagalapuram Falls?
Nagalapuram fall is situated in Arai Village. If you are coming from Tirupathi, travel 23 kilometers towards Uthukottai. Take left at Pichatur town and head towards Pichatur Dam. From Pichatur Dam, Arai village where is the falls is situated, is at around 8 kilometers distance.
If you are coming from Chennai, Pichatur town is at around 20 kilometers distance, after crossing Uthukottai town. Take Right at Pichatur and go towards the Pichatur dam and then to Arai village.
Puttur railway station is the nearest railway station, at 37 kilometers from Nagalapuram falls. Ekambarakuppam railway station (station code EKM) is at 39 kilometers from the falls cum ponds at Nagalapuram. Nagari railway station with station code NG, is another railway station at around 40 kilometers distance. Renigunta Junction railway station (near Tirupathi) is at around 61 kilometers distance from the falls at Nagalapuram.
Tirupati town is at around 70 kilometers from Nagalapuram town. Uttukkottai is at around 40 kilometers from the falls at Nagalapuram. Chennai is at around 90 kilometers from the falls at Nagalapuram. Bengaluru is at 280 kilometers from Nagalapuram falls. (Bangalore is the older name for the city of Bengaluru) .
Kailasakona waterfalls or Kone falls is another beautiful falls, on the Uthukottai – Tirupathi Road, at around 34 kilometers away from Utukkottai Town. (Kailasakona falls is 10 kilometers ahead of Puttur). Uthukottai is a small town spread over the states of Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh, on the inter-state border.