Google had done an excellent job on GPS. It led to the small road that took us to Pochera waterfall. The Journey was through a lush green jungle, even though it was not that popular, the place already had plenty of cars. We found a suitable place to park our vehicle and proceed to Pochehra.
Trip to Pochera Waterfall another beauty
Pochera waterfall was a treat to enchants, eyes and cameras. It was overall calm and silent. Pochera also had steps to climb down. (lesser compared to Kuntala).
The water from the kedam river when fallen to the rocky stone,it created a huge mist cascade. This fulfilled our and camera’s expectation.
The local fisherman warned us not too near the falls as the road was slippery and muddy. They also warned us about the huge rain that happened last night might increase the water flow.
Food items near Pochera
Since then, we were only on tea and our own breakfast. We were hungry, Pochera had offered us bread omelet and tea. It was not a proper shop but makeshift arrangements by locals.
The trip to Kuntala waterfall
We had to come back to Neredikunda, just before the village (while going from Hyderabad it should be the right side and after the village, we needed to take left). There was no signboard indicating the way to the waterfall. We were extra careful about the road. The locals were very kind and helpful. Despite of the fact that Google was showing its directions, we also inquired to locals.
Police Checkpoint near Kuntala Waterfall
There was a police checkpoint just after entering the route to Kuntala waterfall in the urban area, not on the highway. They mainly checked the trunk(dicky) of the car and inside for any storage of alcohol. Be very careful about this.
Parking and food facility at Kuntala
From the Main road at around 10 to 12-kilometer kuntala waterfall was situated. There were several parking spaces available. we had to buy a parking ticket( costing rupees 20 per car). We parked our vehicle. It was already 2:30 p.m. There were plenty of food stalls available. We headed towards a food stall. We ordered the chicken biriyani and two Water bottles. The chicken biriyani was really tasty. They said that it was a local delicacy. After finishing lunch at 3:00 p.m. We took some rest inside our car. we were tired too. our leg and body welcomed the much-needed break.
At 4:00 p.m. Who is started climbing down towards the last leg of our journey. There were around 500 steps to go down to the actual Falls. The jungle-covered us from the scorching heat of the sun. It was a different world altogether with dense forest, birds chirping everywhere. The roaring sound of water started increasing as and when we came near to the falls. One could see the Kadam river from the steps in self. Once we reached the bottom we saw this beauty. Water dancing down from a height of 200 feet into multiple streams.
There were two ways to go to the down-
- via Steps
- via Kucha Road
The second route was not recommended without locals help. If you manage one local, he could guide you to the top of the Fall. (Not recommended again.) There had been countless deaths, who dared to cross the limit. A flex posted and published there.
The surrounding could only be compared with ChidiyaTapu of Andaman. We played with the streams little bit and I tried to reach to the top, where already people went. After climbing around 50 feet, I realized that it was a very tough task. It was risky too. I climbed down. We roamed here and there. Suddenly sunlight dropped the whole area become gloomy. It was 6:00 p.m. by my watch. We packed our camera and started climbing up. It was crowded but not overcrowded. The early morning view of the falls when there would be fewer visitors can make the visit more fruitful.
Evening snacks facility at Kuntala
We reached the parking where most of the cars already left the place by then. Recently the nearby villages open food stalls around it. But we didn’t see lots of varieties. Few stalls were fully closed and few started packing. Luckily though, we got tea in a stall. The shopkeeper started chit chatting with us. He assured that the road was safe during the night. He also informed that there would be lots of trucks on the way.
Journey back to Hyderabad via Nirmal
The journey finally started at 7:30 p.m. We reached Nirmal at around 8:30 p.m. Where we had snacks and had Masala dosa and famous kappi at Krishna Residency. We then departed Nirmal at 9:30 p.m. The driver maintained a moderate speed of 60-80 kilometer per hour. We raised ORR Junction at around 12:30 a.m. and reached home at 2 a.m.
It was a truly amazing trip with tiring journey but it was worth. I felt that we could have halted in Nirmal.
Total toll and local fees 460 rupees.
- Bhiknoor Toll Plaza -Just after crossing chegunta. Toll Rs-90
- Indawai Toll Plaza-Toll Rs-90
- Ganjal Toll Plaza-Toll Rs-65
- Neredikonda Toll Plaza-Just before Kuntala- Toll Rs-110
Among all these Toll Plazas, Bhikanoor offered tea, snacks and restroom facility.
Preparation for the car:
- Did air top up and also purchased tubeless puncture kit.
- Purchased an air pump electric.
- Did topped up diesel. (full tank).As we moved towards Nirmal, HP petrol bunk number reduces. We got Indian oil though.
- Around 5K cash. Lucky for us that one of the Indian oil did accept the credit card at Nirmal. But rest all wanted cash. So carry plenty of cash.
- All necessary documents like license, ID proof, pollution certificate, blue book of the car.
- Local police station information.
- 2000 rupees change in 10 rupees and 20 rupees for toll booth and food.
- Some basic details like name, blood group, emergency contact numbers.
Preparation for a Long journey:
- Carry Lots of dry food and water bottles
- We carried plenty of tea and biscuits.
- Good music downloaded to Sony MP3
- Google Map downloaded just in case we do not get the GPS.
- Tentative Hotel information and food options- make phone booking number ready.
Food options on the way
This road was full of good dhabas and family hotels. There were plenty of breakfast options Lots of roadside stalls on the road. They were as follows:
- Kamareddy Haritha( T.S tourism)
- Classic family dhaba
- Indur Inn
- Zaika Restaurant
- Sher E Punjab
Note- vegetarians need to carry their own food as there were no great vegetarian options available. Even if we got a few options, but it was not pure. I mean they mostly need the spoon to offer vegetarian and nonvegetarian food although I had experienced this in two different hotels at the roadside.