Ethipothala Falls

Ethipothala Falls

Ethipothala Falls is near to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh state of India and is a 70 feet high river cascade  on Chandravanka river, a tributary of Krishna River. The fall waters joins Krishna river, after 3 kilometers, down the falls.

Ethipothala Falls, HyderabadEthipothala Falls.

Ethipothala Falls is formed as a result of 3 streams joining here. There is a view point opposite the falls which gives a clear, beautiful view of the falls. Water is released from the Nagarjuna Sagar dam’s right bank canal to this falls to keep the waterfall alive throughout the year. This done  for Nagarjuna sagar tourism purposes.

Near the bottom of the fall, there is a Crocodile breeding center.

How Do I Go to Ethipothala Falls?

This Falls is at a distance of 11 kilometers from Najarjuna Sagar Dam. Guntur town is at around 134 kilometers from this beautiful falls.

There are trains from all parts of India to Guntur Junction railway station.  Station code for Guntur Junction railway station is GNT.

Vijayawada Airport is the nearest airport to the falls, at around 192 kilometers away.

Charminar – One Among The Most Recognized Structures in India

English: Charminar at Hyderabad, India فارسی: چهار منار Français : Le Charminar à Hyderabad, en Inde. हिन्दी: चार मीनार മലയാളം: ചാര്‍മിനാര്‍ मराठी: चारमिनार తెలుగు: చార్ మినార్ اردو: چار مینار Русский: Чарминар (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This image shows a store at Laad bazar, Charminar
English: This image shows a store at Laad bazar, Charminar, which sells pearls, jewellery etc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Charminar, an Islamic architecture  monument on the banks of Musi River,  is a monument and mosque built in the 15th century by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah of Qutb Shahi dynasty at Hyderabad in Telungana state of India. It is one of the most recognized structures in India. The Hindi words ‘Char Minar’ means ‘Four Towers’ in English.

Charminar is believed to have built to commemorate the eradication of  plague disease which spread on mass scale during that period in the city of Hyderabad.  Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah prayed at the place where Char Minar stands now. He earlier shifted his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad.

The Charminar is a square structure with each side measuring 20 meters in length, with four grand arches each facing a fundamental point that opens into four streets. The south Western Minaret was struck once in a lightning and was damaged fully. The damaged portion was re-built.

The mosque is at the western end of the roof. Four clocks were added on the four sides in the late 18th century.

Charminar and surrounding roads are famous for jewelry stores selling Hyderabad pearl decorated ladies bangles, ear rings, chains etc. Traditional foods are also available at Charminar. There used to be around 15000 shops at Charminar, in its heydays.

How Do I Go to Charminar ?

Charminar is located in the heart of Hyderabad city. The city is well connected by roads to the rest of India. Hyderabad railway station is a major station in India. Hyderabad international airport is on the outskirts of the city.

Tourist Places in Hyderabad

Chowmahalla Palace, Salar Jung Museum, Hussain Sagar Lake (which is known as the ‘Heart of the World’), Ramoji Film City, Golconda Fort (11 kilometers from city), etc, are some of the main tourist attractions in and around Hyderabad city.


Ubbalamadugu Falls or Tada Falls

Ubbalamadugu Falls or Tada Falls
Tada Falls (Ubbalamadugu Falls) is a beautiful waterfall, located to the North of Sricity in the Chittoor district.

Tada Falls also known as Ubbalamadugu Falls or Kambakam Falls is in the  Buchinaidu kandriga and Varadaiahpalem mandals in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh State in India.

Tada Falls alias Ubbalamadugu Falls is a beautiful water fall inside the Kaambakam forest.  One has to walk around 3 kilometers inside the forests to go to the falls as motor-able roads are not there.

Which is the ideal time to go to Ubbalamadugu Falls or Tada Falls?

The ideal time to visit Ubbalamadugu Falls aTada Fallsis mid October to February after the monsoon starts. Trekking, hiking,etc are allowed at Ubbalamadugu Falls.

How do I go to Ubbalamadugu Falls or Tada Falls?

Tada Falls is well connected by roads and it is around 80 kilometers from Chennai and 35 kilometers from the famous Kalahasti temple.

Ubbalamadugu Falls or Tada Falls is an ideal Indian weekend getaways or picnic spot for Chennai City residents.

Zorbing at Horsley Hills Near Madanapalle

Horsley Hills near Madanapalle
A view from Horsley Hills

Horsely Hills, or “Andhra Ooty” as it is called, is a small beautiful hill station in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is half an hour drive uphills from Madanapalle town in Chittur District.

The ghat route to Horsley Hills is very scenic, with wild animals like bear coming out to the road at night. It is filled with flora and fauna and trekking is a major attraction here in Madanapalle hill station. Madanapalle is a shooting location for many Telungu movies , especially for songs.

AP tourism department promotes tourism related activities at Horsley Hills. They have a package tour covering Bangalore, Horsely Hills and Talakona Watefalls. Adult fare for this package tour is Rs. 2150/- and Child fare is Rs. 1720/

Horsley Hills is one of the few tourist places in India that offer Zorbing, i.e. rolling down the hill in transparent plastic robs. Ooty lake has something remotely similar to this (getting inside the transparent air filled ball / balloon in the small pond at the entrance to lake) for kids.

Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, a migratory Elephant Sanctuary, is located at a distance of  around 85 kilometers away from Horsely hills. World’s largest Banyan tree, Thimmamma Marrimanu, is in this wildlife sanctuary.

Horsley Hills  is not very cold unlike other hill stations and not much of commercial activity is found here. One Residential school is there on top. View of the valley from top is excellent.

I visited Horsley Hills near Madanapalle in 1996 and cherish those memories. We started from Chennai in the morning and picked up a few friends on the way, at Chittor and Madanapalle, and reached the hill station in the evening. We stayed at the  government guest house (PWD guest house, if my memory is correct) on the hill top.

There is a small hotel on top, owned by a Mallu family from Allappuza (previously known as Alleppey). That was the only hotel there that time.

Rishi Valley School is a famous school on a ‘Special Development Zone’ called Rishi Valley Special Development Authority,  as declared by the state government in 2008, to conserve its rich and diverse environment from becoming degraded.

How Do I Go to Horsley Hills Near Madanapalle?

Horsley Hills is at a distance of 140 kilometers from Bangalore and around 275 kilometers from Chennai. The nearest railway station is Madanapalle Road, at 13 kilometers away.

There are a lot of hotels at Madanapalle.