Target route for the trrip to kuntala and other waterfalls:
Home–> Sriram Sagar Dam–>Gayathri waterfall–>Pochera waterfall–>kuntala waterfall and back home.
We took Gachibowli ORR and drove till gate number xx which took us to NH 44. Being early morning ORR and NH 44 was vacant. Only a few trucks were running along with us. Our journey started at around 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Our travel to Dandupally was without traffic. We stopped here for a tea break. Only one roadside Dhaba served us tea.
Next phase of the journey was also broken free. we touched 120 kilometers per hour. Just after crossing Armoor, our GPS indicated that after a few kilometers we need to take left to Sriramsagar reservoir. It is just after the cut-off NH 63.
The roads were butter smooth without potholes except when we went down from the main road. The highway went to Nagpur via Nizamabad.
Just before Nirmal, we could see some ruined forts. As it was dark in the early morning, we left the idea to venture to these forts. Maybe someday, next time we will venture there. They too had something to share, something to say, something to show us.
Just before Kotikal village, we could see a small waterfall just beside the highway. One shopkeeper later informed us that Wankidi khalaya creek was the creator for this small waterfall.
To Sriram Sagar Dam
Once we dropping off the main road, the road condition became worst. Some places there was no tar at all on the road. our speed drastically came off to 15 kilometers per hour in a few phases. Since it was morning 7:00 a.m. we met many pedestrians and natural speed breakers like bullock cart, cows, bicycles, etc.
Once we crossed Nikalpur village and Market, the road again became empty. We were a little lucky that only two gates were opened. It was an awesome view of the Dam and surroundings.
The Sriram Sagar dam was an excellent picnic spot during the post-monsoon period. There was a Sriram temple nearby. We did not visit the temple as we were hurrying.
There was a Museum attached to the dam. It was great. There was a boating option but since it was early morning, we could not avail that.
It was one of the biggest dam or water reservoir project in Telangana. There were three lakes namely:
- Kakatiya Canal
- Lakshmi Canal
- Saraswati Canal
There was also a flood stream trench(protection against flood or excess water). We could not visit these canals. Just few migratory birds were available. There was an island nearby the dam which said to have nested for all migratory birds.
There were no people nearby. Only me and my wife were walking by the dam. There was a beautiful garden attached to it. There were places to seat by the dam. One can enjoy the sunset in the dam while the birds chirp at the backdrop.
There was a resort run by the tourism department at Basera. It was very near to the dam. But one has to book it beforehand from the Telangana tourism online portal. Instant booking was denied on that day.
It was truly a must visit place.
Journey to Gayathri waterfall
we started at around 8:30 a.m. towards the lesser known Gayathri waterfall. I took the second and easiest route to reach Gayathri waterfall.
If you are heading to Gayathri waterfall before Kuntala like us, you can stop at Neridikonda for snacks, tea, and water bottles.
Parking at Gayathri waterfall
We Met a few fellow cars who were also heading for this waterfall. It was very close to the highway. but it was tranquil with all its beauty. We Parked our car at Tarnaam buzurg.
Local guide hiring
Soon after we met the village head(Patel). The Patel was very supportive and kind. He arranged a local guide for us. We hired the local guide. It was 10 am by my watch. The local guide was fluent in Telugu but was talking broken Hindi.
The route to Gayathri waterfall
The route to the waterfall was full of mud. It was only used by the locals. We had to jump several times to avoid the Muddy Road. The way was through a dense jungle. The jungle, since was virgin give us the view of mother nature on how incredible it can be. We took plenty of pictures here.
The route to Gayathri waterfall was also through cotton and soya fields. En-route we found some small and beautiful streams.
Just when the journey became little monotonous we got this hundred feet waterfall.
The water was dancing down from the rocky bed to Kadam river. Trekking to this waterfall needed moderate experience. It was suited for us. It was the most beautiful waterfall surrounding with dense forest and calmness. As per our guide, the water at the waterfall did not dry even after drought or during full summer.
The nearby roads were very slippery and full of mud. We needed to be extra careful.
Do not miss the bath in the nearby pool if your guide permits. We clicked a few photos and the guide was ready to return for his next visitors. he Took a shortcut via jungle to reach near the car.
The other aspect of Gayathri waterfall
Gayathri waterfall was situated at a very secluded place deep inside the jungle. It offered trekking and camping. You can plan for trekking and camping nearby. Take necessary permission from Patel and nearby Police station for a successful Camping and trekking.
The pieces of advice for traveling Gayathri waterfall
- Do not perform any stunts. As there is nobody nearby. You can not expect help from villagers in case of emergency.
- No lettering, smoking and other kinds of harmful activities to mother nature as well as fellow travelers are permitted.
- No harm to the wild animals if seen.
- Do not enter to jungle if you do not have a local guide.
Trip to Pochera waterfall
The return journey was very quick. He charged 150 rupees per head. For this visit along with a small boy who was guarding our cars. The whole journey took 2 hours. We were back to the main road again at 12:30 p.m. Our next journey was to go to Pochera waterfall.