A short visit to Talakona

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Talakona situated in Andhra Pradesh, an almost 2 hour drive from the famous city of Tirupati is definitely an interesting place to visit. We decided to make this trip from Madras to Talakona recently.

We started quite early and took a bus from Madras to Tirupathi – a ride that lasts for about 3 hours. The drive to Tiruapathi is rather interesting – for you pass many a village and see many of the early morning sights, that you would have seen in books, postcards, or an ethnic photo catalog.

Sights like the sunrise , the first view of clouds settling above the mountains ,the birds chirping in their V-formations, the kingfisher on the telephone wire, women cleaning the cows and milking them, putting the traditional kolams, string cots on the road, fields situated next to houses, a small shed for the cows who each wear their pretty cow bells, hens herding their chickens, the early morning barber…these are few of the sights that punctuate your drive to Tirupathi

Once we reached Tirupathi, we rented a cab to take us to Talakona. If opting for a bus – you will have to change buses twice, though they do have a direct bus in the afternoon. The roads to Talakona were rather good and you could make it there in good time. Talakona (Tala = head, Kona/ Konda = hill) is situated in Sri Venkateswara National Park – home to forests, wild animals and the tallest waterfalls in Andhra Pradesh (82m).

SIGHTS AT TALAKONA

Ant hills and snake hills galore at Talakona - this one is an ant hill
This U-shaped branch doubled up as a natural swing and brought a smile on many a child's face
Small stream amongst boulders
Snake hill and a tree that has little bundles of cloth tied on to its branch - each depicting a wish of a faithful devotee...
Loved the contrast of the light coloured leaves as against the bright green ones
There were many butterflies probably due to the presence of a variety of flowering plants - a sight for me after ages
The trail we took...
The water from the falls culminating into a puddle surrounded by foliage and rocks
This brave butterfly seated itself on the trail, folded its wings and waited for us to pass by
I waited patiently until it unfolded its wings - but hey, it just took off 😦
We continued along the trail, till we heard the sound of the waterfalls echoing through the trees
First sighting of the waterfalls
The path of the falls... watch out for the natural steps!
The steps up close - we sure know where the landscaping artists get their ideas from!
The rays of the sun entered between two tall rocks, thereby illuminating the spray of water as it fell down from its great height...
There was this huge flat boulder seated between two huge trees,steep down in the valley - I wonder who got down there and carved those steps into them ?
This may just seem to be a tiny trickle of water in comparison to the falls, but this itself came down with a lot of force...
And culminated into a natural pool...
Complete with fishes
Those little things that look like bubbles were actually minute fishes that were darting speedily about the pond
A bug doing the backstroke
Watched quietly by this dragon fly
I look back again at the falls, for it is time to leave now
Fully in awe, at what Nature for us has endowed...

I called my post a short trip to Talakona, because we did not get to do the trek. But am definitely going back there soon, to go on the trek. Hopefully a better post on that , later…

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3 thoughts on “A short visit to Talakona

    Sukanya Ramanujan said:
    March 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    That’s the spirit, I’m sure you can go back there soon!

    Radha said:
    March 27, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Wow! Yet another ‘God’s own country’ – or should we say a couple of hours drive away from it! Never knew about this stunningly amazing picturesque get-away. Thank you and looking forward to your next exploration, too!

      Mathangi Jeypal responded:
      March 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Thank you so much for your comments ma’am!
      Hope to see you as a regular visitor for other posts too! 🙂

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