Kanakai Waterfalls in the Girnur village in Telangana is an impassable 30 feet high cascade of water stream descending from a cliff into a large pool at the bottom of the falls. The roaring of water as it strikes down and envelops everything into the roaring white blanket is truly a sight to behold. The waterfalls are a great location to trek, you can also witness a great panoramic view of the whole waterfall and its neighbouring landscapes from the top of the cliff. The drive to the waterfalls is reason enough for you to make a trip up to Kanakai with some of the most picturesque views that you could witness in the countryside, making it the perfect setting for a time out from your hectic schedule in the lap of nature.
Places to See
1. Kankadurga Temple
The temple is situated right adjacent to the Kanakai waterfall, set against the backdrop of the waterfalls, it is the perfect place for one to relax amidst the calm of the nature whilst offering their prayers at the shrine. The waterfall also derives its local name from the temple.
2. Pochera Waterfalls
The Pochera Waterfall is a step waterfall is located about 30 kilometres from the Kanakai Waterfalls and should take you around 45 minutes to get there. The water stream glides past a rugged terrain over two steps and eventually plunges down from a height of 40 metres to form an underlying pool. The Telangana tourism department has also made provisions for a park nearby, the waterfall is surrounded by lush landscapes and stunning views. It is a good picnic spot, there is also a smaller stream for people to get down and take a dip in. The best time to visit here is during the monsoon period and the months after the rains.
3. Kuntala Waterfalls
It is the highest waterfall in the state of Telangana surrounded by thick forest cover with an astounding plunge height of 200 feet and is one of the most famed tourist attraction in the locale. Local folklore says that Shakunthala from the mythological tale of Mahabharatha bathed at this fall giving the falls its name. The falls are approximately 40 kilometres from Kanakai falls and the drive up to the falls offers some really scenic views of the hills. The falls are a small trek downwards with 400 steps from the entry point to the falls.
4. Gayathri Waterfalls
Located along the Kadam river, around 40 kilometres from Kanakai falls in the Adilabad district of Telangana. Gayathri Waterfalls, also known as Gadidha Gundam or Mukti Gundam is a lesser known tourist attraction nestled away in a sequestered spot deep inside forest cover close to the Tarnam Khurd village. The falls are a 5-kilometre trek from the entry point when you take the road from the Tarnam Khurd village, however an alternative route is available from Tarnam Buzurg, the trek is only 2 kilometres and comparatively smaller but the roads to Tarnam Buzurg are not that great and may be inaccessible during rains. The height of descent of water stream is around 100 feet and the visitors can take a swim in the pool under the cliff.
5. Sahastrakund Waterfalls
The Sahastrakund falls are located at a distance of 50 kilometres from Kanakai falls. The falls remain open to tourists throughout the year and have a 50 feet height of descent from the top of a cliff. The waterfall has a watch tower that offers the best view of the place with great backdrops for all photography enthusiasts. There are two small temples on both sides of the falls along with a long ramp, that looks over the falls and gives a great view of the falls.
There are some shacks that sell light snacks at the entry point of the waterfall, but there’s nothing available down the flight of the stairs at the base of the waterfalls. It would be advisable for you to carry some food if you plan on staying at the falls for a longer duration.
Kanakai waterfalls with its magnificent views and serene ambience is haven for every nature lover. And for everyone else it's a time and place away from the hectic regularities of the cities. The trek to the waterfalls is an exhilarating experience in itself and just adds to the rustic charm of this place.
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Best Time To Visit Kanakai Waterfalls
The best time to visit the waterfall is during the peak monsoon months and the time after that, around September to October. The waterfall flows at its full capacity and the cascade of the water from the cliff is just a mesmerising sight.
How to Reach Kanakai Waterfalls
Kanakai waterfalls, is around 51 kilometres Adilabad in Telangana, you can get there by your private vehicle or you could also hire a taxi from Adilabad up to the falls. The actual base of the falls is a flight of approximately 500 steps from the main entrance, alternatively there is also a mud trail near the poll post you could trek along to reach the base of the falls.