Tirupati has many tourist attractions apart from the temple of Lord Venkateswara or Balaji. Talakona is a forest located 30-kms from Tirupati . Deep in these forests is a 6m perennial waterfall known as Talakona. Talakona waterfall. This one is the highest waterfalls (272 feet) in Andhra Pradesh and a very well known spot for movie shootings and picnics. It is an enchanting picnic spot of great scenic beauty. It is believed that this place is the threshold to the seven hills of Tirumala.
Talakona is also known for the Lord Siddeswara Swamy Temple, which is located close to the waterfall.
The waterfalls is amidst beauty and greenery. The water of the Talakona is enriched with herbs and people believe that it has healing properties. Talakona was declared as Bio-Sphere Reserve during 1989-90 because of wide variety of plant species present in the region.
The Scenic locations and forests makes it an ideal place for film shootings and forms the backdrop of many Telugu movies like Bobbili Raja, Jalsa etc.
People can climb up a little (not as up as Bahubali did :)) to reach the halfway height of the water falls. Here also can take bath and play under falls. If the water force is not too high, then it is a good time to stand below the falls and get some good massage.
It is believed that the water here is enriched with herbs and healing properties
A favourite shooting location for the Tollywood movies
Where is Talakona - Address
Talakona Forest is located in Chinnagottigallu Mandal, Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh state, India - 517194.
How to Reach
Talakona waterfall is 58km away from Tirupati.
Distance From: Bangalore - 247 km, Chennai - 191 km, Tirupati - 58 km, Chandragiri - 50 km
Nearest Airport: Tirupati
Nearest Bus Station: Tirupati
Nearest Railway Station: Tirupati
Transport: The route is Tirupati->chandragiri->Bhakarapet->Talakona. From the car parking area at Talakona a walk for about 10 minutes (around 1 km) would take to the waterfalls. There are buses from Tirupati to Talakona.
Where to Stay
AP Tourism's Haritha resort offers jungle cottages for stay. Haritha Resort has Non A/C rooms and deluxe Non A/C rooms for comfortable stay.
What to Eat
The Haritha restaurant is the good option and serves both veg and non-veg. Some local shops provide snacks, tea etc.
Best Season & Time to Visit
Avoid summer because there will be less stream and weather will be hot.