Monday, December 03, 2007

Trip to Tada Falls

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 :

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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 :

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Base Camp 3 :

After walking for sometime from the previous point we will reach this Sivan temple.

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Rest in the middle.

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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.

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Butterfly :

For some reason this butterfly was very much interested in us and did not leave us for a long time.

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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.

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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.

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A Photo From Deep inside the Main waterfalls.

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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.

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View of the stream from the Top:

A view of the stream that is formed because of the waterfalls.

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Flora in TADA:

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The Lone Tree:

On the way to NH5 from Varadayyapalem the scenery was good.

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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.

29 comments:

SLN said...

Hello Megarajan,

Nice pics. The water looks crystal clear. Looks like you had a wonderful adventure.

Cheers
SLN

Ekanth said...

Good blog as usual da. Looks like you guys had a great trip! Keep them coming..

Megarajan said...

hi SLN,

Yes, It seems the timing was right for us.

TADA was at its best and we had the most nice biking + trekking + adventure trip in the recent times.

hi da ekanth,

Thanks for checking this out.. Yes, We had a nice time over there..

Vijayan said...

Machi,

Good that u started visting places and writing blogs..I missed the tada trip...

Bike looks coool man... Enjoy....

-Vijayan

Megarajan said...

Vijaya,

I have been visiting places but I didnt write blogs for some of them since I lost some of the photos.

LavJ said...

Cool pics... You kindle my inner desires to visit places in and around us instead of going to farthest places... One of the good narrator you are... Keep up your excellent work...

Megarajan said...

hi Lavj,

thats good to hear. thanks for the encouraging words.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mega,

Hope to have a invite from you to join with you in your next adventure...

AKS said...

how deep is the small pool that b4 the main falls? roughly 5ft or more?

arun_koc2003 said...

very cool, precise, colorful and interesting travelogue.. awesum pics... cool narration..
cheers buddy

chakri said...

Dude.. the falls you have put in your blog is not the real tada falls.. this is just a small falls downstream... the real tada falls is a 200 m one.. cutting into the hills..

antriksh said...

dude i am totally mesmerized, can you pls give me more info about about various routes and how to go so that i can visit it.pls mail me too

Anonymous said...

Hi friends you missed the real beautiful falls there . You have to go up further to reach the real falls .

Rajesh PR said...

Hi friends you missed the real beautiful falls there . You have to go up further to reach the real falls .

teenmoon5 said...

there is one more spring above the last waterfall you have mentioned. the next time you go there don't miss that spring and pool

sugumar said...

Hi Machi,

Wish to know whether the place s safe to park bike

Megarajan said...

sugumar,

I parked my bike there , it was present when I came back, there are lot of people who park their bikes there. So i think its safe.

but if you feel that you might be unlucky, you can take a chain and lock.

sugumar said...

Hi,
K fine.Hope All is Well.

Backpackers said...

hi,

i wish to visit the falls. photos are amazing. you must have had gala time.

Is there any permission required to be taken from forest department?

Pl do let me know the phone nos of DFO incharge of the forest

Anonymous said...

looks like you have missed the main falls and the spectacular pool. You need to go in a slightly dry season or atleast it shouldn't have rained for 1-2 weeks. Then you can go all the way up to the source of all the water falls, which is simply breathtaking.

pradeep said...

hi friends, am planning to visit tada falls, it is safe for bike parking there? bcoz just few days bfore i bought p180, pls reply my query

Anonymous said...

Good travelogue and nice pictures. Good job!

ajeya said...

nice blog

Santhosh Ramanathan said...

We planned to go this weekend in bikes to tada...!!! was there any problem in driving tn registerd bikes in andra..? should we comply any regulations...?

Anonymous said...

There are two falls above your final destination given.. You should visit again. I reached up to the second last, final one left out due to excess water flow.

Sridhar Karthikeyan said...

Now they r allowing tada falls

Sridhar Karthikeyan said...

Tada falls allowing or not

Rinkesh bafna said...

Is it open all day n night for trek? or is there any specific timing? And how long would it take to finish the complete trek?

Vivek Menon said...

Is it possible to take a couple of tents there and camp there for the night?

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