Kuntala Waterfalls is the ideal place to visit for those who have a taste for pure natural beauty. The Kadam River (a Godavari tributary), falling from a height of 45 meters, forms this great waterfall. Kuntala Waterfalls is situated in Kuntala village in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh. The place carries the ethnic Indian essence with picturesque villages, fresh Indian food and drinks.
Kuntala Waterfalls is well connected with busy highways making it easier to reach the place. There are various good hotels, lodges and restaurants in the nearby town offering quality food and accommodation to the tourists.
The Kuntala Waterfalls is located in the midst of dense forest of the Sahayadri Mountain Range. It is around 250 km from Hyderabad and 45 km from the town of Nirmal on the National Highway no.7. It falls on the way when traveling from Adilabad to Nagpur. It takes around 6 hours and 15 minutes by road to reach this place from Hyderabad via Nirmal and Neredigonda village. The roads are in excellent condition allowing people to drive at high speeds. There is a safe and spacious parking area near the waterfall base. It takes another 30 minutes to reach the waterfalls as one has to climb around 408 steps on foot from the parking area.
The well connected district of Adilabad has both public and private transportation. One can hire auto rickshaws to travel in and around this town; however, hiring a cab is a better mode of transportation. Adilabad is connected by rail to all the nearby towns like Hyderabad, Nellore, Nanded, Vijayawada, Mumbai, Patna and Nagpur. There are frequent trains travelling to and fro Adilabad railway station. Nagpur and Hyderabad are the nearest airports to the Kuntala Waterfalls.
The 45-meter high Kuntala Waterfalls is the highest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh. The name of this waterfall occurs in several local beliefs and folklores. According to one prevalent belief, Kuntala Waterfalls is named after the mythical character of Shakuntala who was the wife of King Dushyanth. It is believed that Shakuntala and Dushyanth fell in love with each other in this place and were captivated by its scenic beauty. Local people also believe that Shakuntala used to bathe by this waterfall.
There are not many great restaurants and eateries around Kuntala Waterfalls. Some small food stalls and highway Dhabas sell tea, coffee and snacks to the visitors but they do not have any heavy meal options on their menu. One can also enjoy fresh coconut water sold by local villagers in and around this area. There are numerous quality restaurants and eateries in Nirmal and Adilabad offering delicious South Indian foods. You can also take food parcels at the waterfall site which will surely make your lunch a memorable one.
It is hard to find quality accommodations around this waterfall as it is located near the village of Neredigonda. However, there are good lodging options in the Nirmal city and Adilabad town approximately 32 km from the waterfall.
Sri Krishna Residency in Nirmal is one of the best lodging options around this area offering luxurious rooms with great scenic view. Their rooms cost between Rs 500 and Rs 1500 a night in Indian currency.
There are many small lodges offering both AC and non-AC rooms at lower costs ranging from Rs 200 to Rs 1000 a night.
The best time to visit this place is during the rainy seasons. The rains will make the journey a bit more difficult and maybe a tad longer than usual; however, the natural beauty of this waterfall is surely worth it. So, one should try to plan their trips between July and September. The raindrops add a heavenly beauty to this picturesque tourist spot.
The waterfall, surrounded by forests and the Sahayadri Mountain Range, has a surreal beauty along with an Indian essence attached to it. There are many local attractions and things to do around the Kuntala Waterfalls:
Someshwara Swami Temple: A temple of Lord Shiva, locally known as Someshwara Swami, is located adjacent to the waterfall. Local people as well as many tourists offer daily puja in this temple. Reaching this temple is quite exciting as one has to go through a passage made by a hill slit. This temple is beautifully decorated on the day of “Maha ShivaRathri” and visited by a lot of people from the entire district.
Buying Local Handicrafts: Nirmal is known as the land of crafts. People from nearby towns and villages sell beautiful handicrafts and toys around the parking lot and the road towards the Kuntala Waterfalls. These fine handicrafts include jewelry, toys, paintings and decorative boxes. It is advisable to brush up your bargaining skills to avoid ending up paying extra.
Pochera Waterfalls: The Neredigonda village boasts of another beautiful waterfall called the Pochera Waterfalls located nearby. Kuntala along with the Pochera Waterfall makes the place a great tourist attraction. Neredigonda trip cannot be complete if you give Pochera Waterfalls a miss.
Here are some images of the Kuntala Waterfalls.
Kuntala Waterfalls is among the more obscure tourist spots of India. But this fact does not make the place any less special. The pristine natural beauty of Kuntala Waterfalls is protected by the surrounding mountains and forests. The small highway eateries, the handicrafts and the religious spots also contribute to make the visit unforgettable. Visiting this waterfall will make the trip memorable with the surreal beauty of this place lingering in your memory.
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