Saturday, 15 September 2012

'Tada Falls' - Andhra Pradesh, India

Tada is a town on the Chennai-Nellore highway just over 65 km (40 miles) from Chennai, India and 80 km (50 miles) from Tirupathi. It is located in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh and is about 1.5 km (0.93 miles) north of the Andhra Pradesh border. This place is the exact border of the Andhra Pradesh.
Tada Falls, Andhra Pradesh


Its nearest major railway station is Tada and Sullurpeta NH-5 starts from Chennai to Kolkata which passes through Tada.Pulicat Lake lies east to Tada. Further inside is a place called Varadaiapalem, a trek up to the waterfall its highlight, which are also called Ubbalamagadu Falls locally. It offers a nice trek and an experience of rock climbing too. The forest is not commercialized much and hence it is still a true forest, and not a tourist place.

The major languages spoken in Tada are Telugu and 


The closest city to Tada is Chennai. Tada is well connected to Chennai via local trains and mofussil buses that head to Chennai from Tirupathi and Nellore.

Trains from Chennai heading to Sullurpeta from Chennai central pass via Tada. There is a train every two hours and the last train from Tada to Chennai leaves at 8:30 pm.

Best time to Visit

Tourists at the falls
The ideal time to visit Tada is between August-December when the sun is a little less intense. The worst time is between March-June.

Trek at Tada

 The Tada Falls, also known as Ubbalamagadu Falls, which is about 15 kilometers from the Tada railway station is a major attraction. Since there are not many trek-worthy spots near Chennai, Tada falls has become a popular trekking spot mainly for adventure enthusiasts in Chennai as well as foreign tourists. This trek isn't for someone who doesn't enjoy walking on the rocks. 

Once you have reached Base Camp the trek begins.The total trek distance would be about 10kms to and fro with nearly 4kms in real rocky conditions. From here the mud road begins.

Just after 150mts or so, you can reach the place where you will to cross a water body. It is just a small stream.

Tada Falls during mid-day
Once you have cross this small stream, the walk continues till you reach a mud-path. Just follow this mud-path and you will first go up the hill and then down the hill. It is quite tricky to follow the path as in some places only rocks are seen and there is absolutely nothing to indicate a path. 

Keep walking along the mud-path and you will cross another stream.Continue walking on the mud-path and around 30mins later you will reach the 'Lord Shiva Temple'. This is the last place where you can rest. If you don't reach the Shiva temple within an hour and half of the start of trek, then you have lost your way. Use the time tested method of following the stream and proceed. 

After this point there is no proper path and you will have to rely on the direction shown by people who are around the Shiva Temple. You have to cross the stream and then look for a path. You will find a small clearing and this might help you on the way forward. From here on, the trek starts to become difficult. You will encounter rocks and millipedes on those rocks on your way forward. 

Some of the rocks are pretty big and it would help you in your trek. You have to climb nearly 10ft at times and some of the formations are difficult. There should be two falls, but only one is found during peak summer before the rains have started. 

The Day is incomplete without a camera to click the Crystal clear Waters.

Serenity of Tada Falls

Highlights of Tada 

Its a hub of 3 cities-Chennai, Tirupathi and Nellore. It is now an upcoming industrial place. Special Economic Zone known as Sri City is come up at a distance of 0.5 km (0.31 miles) from Tada.
The Oneness Temple located in the Golden City, Varadaiapalem, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh. Just 3 km (1.9 miles) from small town Tada.
Pulicat Lake is the second largest brackish water lake or lagoon in India. 
Chengalamma Temple is in Sullurpeta.This particular temple does not have any doors.
Apart from these sites there are many industries, companies and school in and around the place.


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  13. Hi all, Thnaks for giving such a wonderful post about Tada falls. Another name for Tada falls is ubbalamadagu fall. It is located near chennai. Here we can see lord shiva temple also. After seeing your post i got more idea about Tada falls. I am from kodaikanal, i used to travel from Kodaikanal to Chennai for twice in a year.

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  15. Hi
    Ubbalamudugu Falls is also called Tada Falls and it is a waterfall located near Oneness Temple and Sricity in the Chittoor district of India. It's a crystal clear waterfalls falling from a height of 100-odd meters making it a glorious sight. Coming under the Buchinaidu kandriga and Varadaiahpalem mandals the falls are located 80 kilometres (50 mi) from Chennai and 35 kilometres (22 mi) from Srikalahasti.

    The falls are located in a forest called the Siddulaiah Kona. The relation to Lord Shiva ensures that the festival of Maha Shivaratri is a common time for people to visit.

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