Last weekend, I had been to Tirupati along with my friends for Lord Venkateshwara darshan. The overcrowded temple made us wait in the cellar for 10 long hours which was first time experience for me. After the darshan, while coming back to Bangalore, we decided to trek in the Talakona forest.
Around 50 kms from Tirupati, Talakona is located near a village called Nerabailu in Chittoor district. This place is famous for the waterfalls which is considered as the highest in Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that this water has some unique healing properties as the forest is rich in medicinal herbs. There was one lady selling some seeds and claims that if those seeds are boiled and applied to joints, arthritis would be cured completely. We explored the forest near the waterfalls and were overwhelmed with the greenery and landscapes.
At the foot of the waterfall, there were hundreds of monkeys trying to prove that the place was invaded by them. They were the craziest monkeys I have ever seen, trying to perform circus and attract visitor's attention while the other monkeys surrounded the person and attacked to grab food items. Yes, that's their strategy. I saw one monkey which was trying to be Tom Cruise performing MI stunts.
There are also few cute birds in this place but I couldn't find much as it was already noon. However, the spot where water falls from the hill is next to paradise. I've never seen water falling from such an altitude before. No one knows the origin of the water as it is very difficult to trace. There is one famous temple at foot of the waterfalls called Sri Siddeshwara swamy temple which attracts many devotees during Mahashivaratri festival.
There is also a 250 meters canopy rope walk near the falls which gives a sense of adventure. We had to reach Bangalore by night and unwillingly said bye to this beautiful place.