Tada Falls / Ubbalamadugu Falls


Tada Falls is located between the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh State. The falls exactly located at Varadaiahpalem Mandal of Chittoor district, which the distance of 29 km away from Tada, 45 km away from Srikalahasti, 92 km away from Chennai, It’s the best spot for trekking near Chennai which covers a one day trip.

Tada Falls also called Ubbalamadugu Falls is situated in the dense forest of Siddulaiah Kona. This is the popular journey place of tourists and adventure explorers. You are assured to be amazed by the beautiful view of the cascading rocky hillside, falling from an altitude of about 330 feet. This place provides you an adventurous trekking experience with both the way a totally of 10 km from the falls. This is a bit hard and advisable only for physically apt people. Along with that, near to this place offers a Siddulaiah Shiva Temple and Pulicat Lake.

Another attraction point, the Tada Falls has situated within the Kambakam hills. Assure that this place was a popular getaway for trekking, climbing and a favorite picnic spot. The landscape surrounding the falls includes rocky mountain formations and lush green forests with numerous streams.

How to Reach the Waterfall?

To reach the waterfall, visitors have to go via the village of Varadaiahpalem which is around 12 km from Tada Falls. At hand is only 7km of the rugged trail and the leftover distance is to trek. SUVs or high ground clearance vehicles are ideal for reaching the beginning point of the trek. Also, you can hire an auto from the Varadaiahpalem village to the beginning point. There is a forest checkpoint on the way where tourists have to pay Rs 50 per vehicle and Rs 50 per camera. There is limited assistance in the form of arrow marks and it is desirable to hire a local villager in Varadayapalam village for your guidance.

Once you enter the forest, you have to cross a small bridge. You can see crystal clear water throughout the trip. The beginning point to trek about 1.5 km is easy and there is a stream near the Lord Shiva temple is located on the way to the falls. The route to the waterfall flows near the stream. Tourists are confronted with the first layer of the waterfall, a beautiful spot between dense forest and rocky foundations with a pond of water. The second layer of the waterfall is pretty much in the quiet and beautiful spot, but it demands a difficult trek over steep boulders.

As one of the best and easily accessible Waterfalls near Chennai and Andhra boundary, it has turn into a most wanted weekend getaway for people surrounded by both these states. Here, every day offers a lot of transportation facilities available from Chennai to Tada Falls. So don’t wait any longer, look for yourself using some hiking shoes and explore the magnificent beauty of Tada Falls near Chennai.

Best time: October to February

Duration: One Day

Attractive Places nearby the Waterfall: 

  • Kalahasti Temple
  • Siddulaiah Shiva Temple
  • Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
  • Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary
  • Nagari Hills

Location: Varadaiahpalem

Points to Remember:

  • Going to Tada Falls is not easy, so it is not suitable for adults, children or those who cannot trek hard.
  • The place is not safe for gangs to drink much, so it is not suitable for family gathering with women.
  • There are no trail signs or directions for easy access, better travel with group of people, friends and the assistance of local people you see or people who have already visited.
  • There are no shops nearby, only a human settlement near Varadaiahpalem village. Carry enough water bottles, snacks, and food, etc.,.
  • The return trip takes about 2 to 3 hours, so plan an early trip and get back before sunset for a safe trip.

How to Reach:

Distance: 91KM from Chennai

Nearest Airport: Tirupati International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Sullurpeta and Tada