When thinking of trekking in India, one usually pictures Himalayan mountains and valleys and not necessarily waterfalls. And yet, waterfall treks can be the most rewarding. Imagine trekking for so long and then finding a majestic waterfall with its potable water to quench your thirst. It is so fulfilling to find a waterfall in the midst of jungles and a change in sight. India has over 50 big waterfalls each so unique with its own charms. There are all kinds of waterfalls in India: high and wide, hot and frozen. There are plenty available in India, so why go somewhere else on earth looking for beautiful waterfalls? Check out the list below to read about some of the best waterfalls in India.
Dudhsagar Waterfall Trek
Location: Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa
Trek Distance: 23km(Round trip)
Nearest Airport: Goa International Airport
When it comes to popularity, the Dudhsagar waterfall trek has become by far the most captured one, even beating the highest waterfalls in India- Jog falls. And, why not! A high and beautiful waterfall with foamy white waters, with a vintage railway bridge along with the occasional train passing in front of it- makes for an Instagram-worthy shot. The Dudhsagar waterfall trek is one of the most coveted amongst trek lovers in India.
How To Reach
There are two major routes to trek to the waterfalls and both of the trails end at the railway bridge in front of the waterfalls. Trekkers can either start from Culem/Kulem railway station in Goa or Castlerock railway stations. Yes, you heard that right! A walk on the railway tracks.
Enjoy your walk on the railway track as you pass numerous smaller cascades and tunnels. There are tunnels on both routes. Marvel on the amazing view of the Dudhsagar waterfalls as you reach the tracks at the railway bridge. You can go down and take a dip in the cold water pool that is at the bottom of the waterfalls. The size of the public swimming pool, it will be a bit crowded in peak seasons but nevertheless fascinating as you look at the waterfalls from below and soak in them. You can camp at the Dudhsagar waterfall station but tents are not available. So, you will have to bring your own tents as sleeping bags will not suffice. If you don’t intend on staying you can catch a train on your way back to either side.
Athirapally Waterfall Trek
Location: Thrissur, Kerala
Trek Distance: 23km
Nearest Airport: Kochi International Airport
To think of what Kerala does not have will be a tiny list. Backwaters, ghats, beaches, valleys, rivers, and yes- brilliant waterfalls. One amongst the many is the Athirapally waterfalls which are often known as the ‘Niagara Falls of India’. These waterfalls have been Bollywood’s favorite as they have been featured in movies like Bahubali and Guru. Athirpally waterfalls lie on the Chalakkudy river which flows from the Anamudi mountains and through the Vazhachal forests. The best time to visit is post-monsoon.
To reach the waterfalls you will have to first take tickets from Sholayar Reserve Forest Department. After about a walk of 20 minutes, you will reach the Athirapally waterfalls. You would usually not count 1.5 km a trek but, once you get to the top of the falls, getting down to actually see them from a distance will be cumbersome but so worth it. Besides Athirapally, the Vazhachal and Charpa waterfalls are also nearby, about a few kilometers trek away. The trail is closed during monsoons due to impending risks. You can also spot Asiatic elephants, tigers, leopards, and Sambars which are found in this ecosystem.
Nerak Waterfalls, Chadar Trek
Location: Leh, Ladakh Union Territory
Nearest Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
This trek is unique as the Nerak waterfalls are frozen. In the isolated frozen river trek, you will walk on the frozen river and witness a huge waterfall that is frozen. To capture this icy wonderland January to February are the best times to visit.
The winter trek to Neral waterfalls starts from Leh where you will go to your trekking agency contact. You will need to acclimatize first for one or two days in Leh for the rising cold temperatures ahead. After acclimatizing, you will have to reach Chilling from where your real trek will begin. You will trek on the frozen river till Tilad Do and rest overnight. The next day too you will be walking on the chadar here and there till you reach Shingra Koma and rest again. The following day you will trek to Tibb cave and the next day will be the awaited trek to Nerak waterfall. You will have to tread on thin sheets of ice in order to reach the frozen waterfall. Now that you have accomplished the impossible you will be heading back on the same route. Your trek will end at Chilling but will remain in your memories forever.
This trek is difficult and tests the trekker’s endurance at all levels. So, it is crucial that you are fit beyond expectations in order to truly survive this trek.
Talakona Waterfall Trek
Location: Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
Nearest Airport: Tirupati Airport
The Talakona waterfall is the tallest in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Located within the bounds of Sri Venkateswara National Park, this trek gives you more than the waterfall itself. It is an excellent opportunity for nature lovers and bird-watchers as there are flora and fauna like porcupines, great Indian squirrels, and slender Loris present in abundance. Along with Talakona, you can also trek to the nearby Nelakona waterfall which is a lot smaller but nevertheless beautiful waterfall.
To trek to Talakona waterfalls, start from Tirupati, and after one hours drive, you will reach Sri Venkateswara, National Park. You will have to buy entry tickets and then start heading towards the waterfall. Behold the high waterfall and take as many pictures and do take a dip in the pool below which has therapeutic properties due to medicinal plants present in the water
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