Talakona waterfalls is situated inside Sri Venkateswara National Park in Nerabailu village, Yerravaripalem mandal, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh, India. Talakona waterfalls is 270 feet in height (i.e. 82 meters) and is the largest fall in the state of Andhra Pradesh. and is part of the Eastern Ghats.
Talakona waterfalls got its name from its Telugu meaning ‘head hill’ (tala means head and kona means hill). Talakona forests are rich in flora and fauna and is covered with Sandalwood trees and is home to many rare and endangered species of animals like Slender Loris, Golden Gecko, Mouse Deer, Indian Giant Squirrel, Panther, Porcupine, Sambar, Chital ,etc. Endemic species like Cycas beddomeii, Red Sander are found in this forests.
Those who are adventurous can choose from, many long and treacherous trekking routes, to go to the top of the hills. There are many deep caves scattered across hills, which were believed to be the meditation places for sages.
Lord Siddheswara Swamy Temple is situated close to the Talakona waterfalls. Another nearby fall, Kone waterfalls, is on the Puttur-Uttukottai Road.
How do I go to Talakona waterfalls?
Talakona waterfalls is situated near to Tirupati-Madanapalli high way and is at a distance of 49 kilo meters from Tirupati; the famous temple town and is at a distance of 220 kilo-meters from Chennai and 105 kilo-meters from Chittoor; the district headquarters. Bakarapeta is the nearest town to Talakona Falls at a distance of 23 kilo-meters. Renigunta Airport, the nearest airport, is at a distance of 75 kilo-meters from the Talakona falls.
Accommodation is available in this dense forests and one needs to stay overnight, to enjoy the beauty of nature.