Date : 1/12/2007
People : Mega,Satish,Ravi,Shashidhar,Bhadri,Himanshu,Raman
Vehicle : 3 Pulsars and 1 Splendour
Distance : 85 Kms
As a person travelling in and around chennai, I have been wishing to go to TADA falls for a long time and it has taken so much time to materialise. Now the trip was made possible with me getting a new Pulsar for myself. Hnece the plan was hatched to go to TADA falls in bikes from Chennai.
After starting from Chennai at 6.30 AM, we reached Periyapalayam and had our breakfast.
At Breakfast :
To reach Tada falls you had to take the road that goes west before the TADA town.
And ask for the village Varadayya palem. From here the falls would be nearly 5 kms.
On the road from NH5 to Varadayyapalem is the below temple. I heard that it is Kalki Oneness Temple.
Kalki Oneness Temple :
Me with my bike :
My new Pulsar featured in many of the photographs and I am sure that it looked good in all of them.
Base Camp 1 :
This is the place till where the share autos come and drop you by. From here the falls would be some 3 Kms. 2 kms of a pebble road and 1kms of a oneway path.
Base Camp 2 :
This is the last place till where we can take any vehicle. After this its only Walk.
When we went, apart from our vehicles, we had a couple of other bikes and a scorpio to accompany us.
Base Camp 3 :
After walking for sometime from the previous point we will reach this Sivan temple.
Rest in the middle.
The Small Waterfalls :
This is a small waterfalls and for many who are not able to go beyond this point, its good to spend time here.
For some reason this butterfly was very much interested in us and did not leave us for a long time.
The Final Destination :
This is the final destination in this trek. And the place looks just gorgeous. This place has a waterfalls tucked inside and hidden from outside world.
This place is a natural swimming pool and the depth was unimaginable. The water here is the clearest you can find anywhere though.
The Main waterfalls:
The Last Waterfalls which is unreachable for most of the people. This place is reachable only by swimming, and it was a tough task taking the camera in the water.Thanks to Shashidhar who did the impossible task of carrying the camera above water in one hand and swimming in another hand.
A Photo From Deep inside the Main waterfalls.
After spending a lot of time at this place it was time to return back.
This is the terrain that you will be crossing to reach the falls.
View of the stream from the Top:
A view of the stream that is formed because of the waterfalls.
Flora in TADA:
The Lone Tree:
On the way to NH5 from Varadayyapalem the scenery was good.
After visiting TADA Falls, I would like to mention that TADA is like a Computer game with 7 Levels. Only the fittest can complete all the levels. :-)
Level 1 : Reaching TADA
Level 2 : Reaching the Mud Road
Level 3 : Reaching the Stream where we have to park our vehicles.
Level 4 : Reaching the Sivan Temple
Level 5 : Reaching the point from where there is no specified path and we have to trek only on rocks.
Level 6 : Reaching the small waterfalls.
Level 7 : Reaching the Final Destination.
Like in all games, the difficulty increases as each level progresses :-)
Out of 7, 5 of us including me reached the Final Destination, and 2 opted to stay back at the previous level, the Small waterfalls. There is a bonus level in which you can swim to the Main waterfalls. Though Satish, Ravi and Shashidhar attempted it and reached the half point, I am not sure whether they fully completed it. :-)
So, If you plan to go to TADA , try to complete all the above levels and you will have a feeling of a great accomplishment.
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