From Bangalore to Kanchipuram Road trip or Train trip?

We have been frequent travellers from Bangalore to Kanchipuram since 2017. 

And we have experience of travelling by both car and train to this famous Temple city in Tamil Nadu,

I am sharing our travel story here and giving you the best route with distances.

Also suggestions on places to see in and around Kanchipuram

Since it is a temple city, I have given a list of famous temples in Kanchipuram to visit.

Distance From Bangalore To Kanchipuram

Distance from Bangalore to Kanchipuram via Vellore is 280 kms (which is the best route by car).

We traveled regularly to this famous temple city Kanchipuram (also called Kancheepuram). Just like how we well know Tiruvannamalai and Kumbakonam, we know Kanchipuram in and out.

The name “Kanchipuram silk sarees” made this temple city popular worldwide.

Many people travel exclusively for Temple trip and many for just shopping silk sarees in kanchipuram.

Whichever are the reasons you are planning a trip to temple city Kanchipuram, I have a best route for you.

And travel guide for both car and train.

Best Route – From Bangalore to Kanchipuram By Car

In July 2019, we went on a road trip from Bangalore to Kanchipuram, via Vellore.

Trust me if we had known this route first hand, we would have saved lots of pain going by train.

Bangalore to Chennai Highways is the route we took to reach our destination.

Bangalore to Kanchipuram Best route by Car

Home (Bangalore) – Hosur – Krishnagiri – Ambur – Vellore – Kanchipuram.

And this is the fastest route to reach your destination by road. Also it has many advantages, here is the list.

Advantages of Taking Chennai Highway For Kanchipuram Road trip

From our recent road trip from Bangalore to Kanchipuram, here are the major advantages of taking the Chennai highways.

Best route: Well paved route and seamless National Highways (Chennai / Mumbai Highway) connecting non stop from Bangalore to Kanchipuram with 280Kms.

If you compare the other alternate routes’ distance from Bangalore to Kanchipuram via Kolar and Chittoor, this route is the longest.

Yet the fastest route with well planned bridges, tunnels and fastest toll booths with Fast tag facilities.

List of Best Restaurants – From Bangalore to Kanchipuram

Many good restaurants with toilet facilities just like in Bangalore – Salem Highways.

You could reach your destination in 6hrs driving non – stop from Bangalore, provided you have started early to avoid the traffic.

But if you ask me, you could stop at these following places for refreshment.

Here is the list of best restaurant from Bangalore to Kanchiputam

Hotel Krishna Inn – Shoolagiri (Before Krishnagiri)

For the best South Indian breakfast. I have talked more about this place. This place is famous for awesome food and a pit stop for hundreds of bike riders. You could see hundreds of them at the same time between 6.30 am to 9 am.

We never miss stopping here for breakfast at Krishna and coffee from nearby CCD or McD.

Here I am sharing some of our favourite south Indian dishes we try regularly here.

This is the google map location – https://goo.gl/maps/PHZGkqpGUA7g6AVa6.

I would not suggest any restaurants in Hosur, the most crowded place no good for any kinds of restaurants. 

Otherwise there are many other options in Bangalore – Chennai Highways.

List of other famous restaurants you could find in your Bangalore to Kanchipuram Road trip

Many good choices to Stay in Vellore

From our couple of trips to Kanchipuram by train and car, I suggest staying in Vellore for 2 main reasons – Food and Accomodation. In Kanchipuram, We had stayed once in GRT hotels and once in Pine tree hotels, those two were the only good choices in this crowded temple city. And for food, there were only Shree Saravana Bhavan hotels with a couple of branches in the city, a monopoly player with a very poor ambiance and service. Therefore we didn’t prefer that restaurant.

So, stay in Vellore where you will be spoilt for choices for boarding and lodging. And couples of famous sightseeing places that makes your stay even more memorable.

Bangalore to Kanchipuram By Train

Distance from Bangalore to Kanchipuram by train is the same as road trip distance. Certainly there are no direct interstate trains to Kanchipuram Railway Junction.

You need to get off at Arakkonam Junction, which is the nearest Kanchipuram Railway station. Furthermore, you need to take a local train or bus to Kanchipuram town.

Though you have plenty of choices for local trains and local buses,all are unnaturally crowded at those early hours.

If you are planning to travel by train, I suggest travelling by A/c compartment. Otherwise, the whole journey will be an upsetting experience. This is why.

When we went to Kanchipuram from Bangalore by train, we had the worst experience of life.

In the General Sleeper we have booked, the entire compartment was outnumbered by the illegal passengers. 

It was a total nightmare with illegal passengers occupying our berths. Not a teeny tiny guilt of disturbing the sleeping passengers with their loud voice. Adding more spice, they occupy the little space left at the end of the berths giving no room to stretch our legs.

Above all, some using their small babies as a sympathy image to pick pockets from the sleeping passengers.

Also, the big goons of locals adamantly blocking the way to the toilets and exit doors etc.,

Hence, We stayed alert every single minute safeguarding wallets and baggage.

How to Reach from Arakkkonam to Kanchipuram:

The train reached Arakkonam station around 5am, we exited with a pounding headache and sleepy eyes.

We then hired a local auto to the nearest bus station. From there we took the local town bus to Kanchipuram.

Otherwise one could take local metro train from Arakkonam to reach Kanchipuram.

We traveled for about 1.15 hrs by bus to finally reach our Hotel room.

That was the very last trip from Bangalore to Kanchipuram by Train. 

Due to that we have decided to go only road trips to Kanchipuram.

List of Must See Kanchipuram Temples

These are the list of must see temples in Kanchipuram.

  1. Kanchi Kamakshi Temple: The temple dedicated to Goddess Parvathi, one of the Sakthi Peedam temples in Tamil Nadu. It is important to first darshan Kamakshi Amman before any other temples in this holy city. Google map link – https://goo.gl/maps/vEr2RKARgG9Zj7C3A
  2. Ekambareswarar Temple:  Lord Shiva is said to have manifested himself in the form of Prithvi Lingam. This lingam represents one of the five elements “earth”. Since mother Kamakshi is the common Ambica for all the temples in Kanchipuram, hence Shiva temples in Kanchipuram does not have any goddess shrine. I mean most of the temples in and around Kanchipuram. Google map link – https://goo.gl/maps/Am3yv7WPpvPsmr9u8
  3. Click to read the entire list with google map links.

Places to Visit near Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram city is one of the best weekend getaways from Bangalore for temple visit or silk saree shopping.

Yet you cannot spend more than 2 days as Kanchipuram visiting places are limited.

If you have more time in your Bangalore to Kanchipuram road trip, you could rather go nearby places. The nearest, famous tourist places like Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram.

Or you could plan a round trip to Chennai. You could start from Bangalore to Kanchipuram, then Chennai before returning back home. 

Likewise, you could also make a round trip to vellore, stay in Vellore to look around the places.

Related – Two Day Trip From Bangalore to Vellore and Kanchipuram (Best 2 Day Trip by Car)

Hope our experience would help you plan the trip schedule from Bangalore to Kanchipuram. Plan on the places to stay and explore the holy silk city.

5 Best Places To Visit in Yercaud for 2 days (Bike trip From Bangalore)

If you are thinking of a place to spend weekend, I would suggest 5 Best Places to Visit in Yercaud for 2 days. We went on 2 days bike trip from Bangalore to this beautiful hillstation at the end of year 2017.

This was our first adventurous 2 days bike trip from Bangalore.

Yercaud Images
This is how we travel by bike

5 Best Places to Visit in Yercaud for 2 days:

We went on 2 days bike trip to Yercaud from Bangalore, a distance of 230kms in one way. This was our first adventurous bike trip to the hill station by bike.

Here are the places to visit in yercaud for 2 days. All the places mentioned below are the sightseeing places near Yercaud lake, so you could finish sightseeing in just 1 day.

1. Anna park – the best place for family with kids in the central Yercaud

Yercaud Anna Park
Yercaud Best Place for Fitness Lovers

One of the most visited places in Yercaud is Anna park, also a central destination for tourist buses.

You could plan fun activities in Anna park with kids located in center Yercaud. Even though your kids make you run behind them the whole day, it is for sure fun playing here.  Take advantage of that pure oxygen-rich air in entire Yercaud situated a few thousand feet above the ground.

Note – You would also enjoy flower show in Yercaud Botanical garden and Rose garden in summer. Also, Deer Park is another tourist destination for fun activities with kids and for nature photography.

2. Go Boating in Emerald Lake

Emerald lake or Yercaud lake is the major tourist attraction in this mountain clad vacation spot. Boating in Yercaud lake is not only refreshing and also great way to have fun with your loved ones. You will enjoy the picturesque water body surrounded by gardens and teak woods.

Emerald Lake is one of the top places to visit at yercaud, infact many people visit Yercaud just for boating in the lake and playing in the Kiliyur falls.

Boating in Yercaud Lake
Boating in Yercaud Lake for Fitness

3. Go trekking to lady’s seat, Servarayan Hills, and many other choices

Yercaud has developed recently as one of the major trekking destinations. Yercaud lake is surrounded by mountains with dense woods.

Tourists are spoilt with choices for sightseeing and trekking in the mountains. Tourists can choose any of these mountain viewpoints to go trekking.

Or could register with Yercaud trekking club for your safety. You would absolutely love the view from lady’s seat, and also try out the telescope mounted on watchtower to enjoy the serene view of the plains.

If you on a long vacation, on alternate days you could try other trekking destinations like Shevaroy Hills (Highest hill with a breathtaking view and a Hindu temple), Bear Cave, Karadiyur viewpoint, Arthur’s seat, Manjakuttai viewpoint and Pagoda point.

Note: Visit Silk farm located nearby lady’s seat to get a tour of silkworm farming and cultivation of mulberries in Yercaud.

Trekking in mountains in Yercaud
Trekking in mountains in Yercaud

4. Go Cycling in “loop road” in Yercaud

Fitness in Yercaud
Fitness in yercaud

It is definitely crazy and super fun activity to go cycling in 32 km loop road in Yercaud. It would be absolute fun for both nature lovers and fitness lovers. Enjoy the nature’s beauty, Yercaud versatile plantation, take a pit stop to eat organic and homegrown fruits sold by local kids.

5. Go Walk through twisted steep foothills to reach Kiliyur falls

Kiliyur Falls is situated 3km from the Yercaud lake, once you reach the parking area, you need to walk through the twisted steep foothills to reach the Kiliyur falls. This was our absolute favourite fitness activity and needless to say the view was worth the pain. We played in the falls for sometime, clicked pics, retured as it was getting dark. Kiliyur falls is yet another top places to visit at Yercaud, it is must see sightseeing too. Am sure you will love it.

Our Travel Story – Bike ride From Bangalore to Yercaud:

We Travel Duo, Myself Renuga and My Hubby Rajesh – rode the bike from Bangalore to reach Yercaud hill on a weekend.

We chose the adventurous wildlife forest road on the way to Yercaud while coming back we chose 20 hairpin road connecting to the main Salem city.

We stayed in TGI resorts, absolutely enjoyed the food, weather and mountain view from this hotel.

For 2 days we explored almost all tourists destinations, some by bike and some by walk.

It was one of the best and memorable weekend trip we ever had.

How We Planned Our Trip To Yercaud

As usual, we have done research on places to visit at Yercaud, just like how we do for other bike trips.

Distance from Bangalore to Yercaud is 230Kms, i.e. almost the same distance as Bangalore to Tiruvannamalai, which we have covered by bike plenty of times. But travelling to Hill Station by bike is new, so we added an additional 1 hr to plan our travel time.

More Read

You can read our other hillstation travel experiences to Talakona Forest and Coorg.

So, if you are planning to visit Yercaud from Chennai or Bangalore or Coimbatore or even the nearest Salem calculate extra time for riding up the hill.

It is always essential to consider the time required to ride up the hill station higher than the time taken to ride in plains.

How We Packed For Our 2 days Bike Trip

We started in Bangalore on an early morning at the weekend, with our saddlebags packed just one day before our travel. We filled our water bottles and packed some healthy snacks. Once again checked for mobile phone chargers, power banks, hand sanitizer, coolers, scarfs to protect from pollution and dust are kept in our fuel tank bag for easy access.

Why Yercaud is Best For Fitness

Sitting whole day and riding the bike usually leaves us with numbness in fingers, muscle stiffness, shoulder pain  and back pain. Thankfully Yercaud gave us many choices to stretch our legs, forget the pain and enjoy the nature.

Yercaud is one of the best places for fitness travelers, with plenty of options for trekking, mountain climbing, kayaking, biking, jogging and walking.

Travel alone or with family, finding time for fitness is one of the hardest things to do on vacation. Especially when your body begs you to stay in a hotel bed after that long journey, or rejuvenate in an exfoliating spa, or relax in a lounge chair under the warm sun, or enjoy a cocktail looking at the sunset far from the cottage – we always end our day guilty of not being active.

Not to mention the unlimited buffet breakfast awaiting you to wake up the next morning. Another way to enjoy the vacation is to put on the shoes and grab a waterbottle – go for bike riding or hiking in the mountains. So, whichever you aim is, here is the list of places for sightseeing in Yercaud.

FAQs About Travelling To Yercaud
How to reach Yercaud from Chennai?

Yercaud to Chennai distance is 380 Kms, the best route is via Krishnagiri for both bike and car riders. You have many options to come to Yercaud by bus from Chennai or by train from Chennai.

What is Yercaud distance from Bangalore?

Compared to Chennai, travelling from Bangalore is 100kms less the distance and the time. Onward journey we took short route near thoppur, which was fun and adventurous riding amongst forest and unexpected hairpins (see pic above). While coming back we took the route via Salem, with proper roads and it was another way of fun when we saw many riders like us. Overall it is safe to journey both the routes. Salem route is better for restaurant and washroom options.

How to travel from Coimbatore to Yercaud?

From Coimbatore, it is 195 km distance, much lesser distance than from Chennai and Bangalore. Also, you have plenty of options for food and restrooms.

How to travel from Trichy to Yercaud?

Trichy to Yercaud distance is less than 200 Km, via Tiruchengode. You don’t have train options from Trichy, but you can travel by road or by bus.

Where is Yercaud fall located?

Kiliyur Falls also called as Yercaud falls, situated 2.5kms across Yercaud lake. Its just 10min walk from the boating place, also good hiking spot for fitness travellers.

Yercaud weather, stay and restaurants review?

Weather is too good in summer, the best time to visit is from April to June. But if you like to enjoy hill station winter, travel after June with an overcoat or jumper or sweater. About restaurants, I don’t recommend eating anywhere outside the resort you stay. Around Anna park and Yercaud lake we did not see any decent eateries, it is ok to have a snack and tea there.

We enjoyed eating hot hot mirchi bajji and tea for yercaud awesome weather, just across Yercaud lake. You should try too.

For stay,  we have not tried any homestay, anyways homestays and resorts are equally priced, so we chose resort to stay.

What to wear and what to pack for Bike ride to Hill station?

Roaming in the Yercaud hill station demands good physical energy and I suggest you wear comfortable loose clothes because you would be sweating a lot from hiking and climbing activities. Also, it is essential to carry a hiking backpack which is not as big as your regular travel bag, but small enough to wear it for a long time, also a good size to fit in your water bottles and snacks.

We always make sure to wear comfortable clothes (also good looking for taking pics) for long hour bike ride – he wears sweat pants , I wear very comfortable jeggings almost on all rides.

This Fratini Jeggings– Color Black is super comfortable to climb on the bike and to ride the bike. This is what I have worn most for more than 2 yrs bike travel, it still stays brand new. It is always on demand in Amazon, you could buy directly from the store or any other shopping websites.

Since it doesn’t have pocket, I always carry this sling bag -good size to keep mobile phones (very essential for google maps), coolers (need them for sunny ride), and Money (you know its very essential).

Next time make sure to visit all the places in Yercaud, a beautiful hill station to cherish.

Talakona Waterfalls and Forest Trekking: Two Days Bike Trip

The Talakona waterfalls, which is the highest forest waterfalls in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is one of the main tourist attractions and trekking spot in AP tourism.

The water falls from a height of 280 feet from the top of the mountain, thus making it the highest waterfalls in Andhra state.

I and my hubby Rajesh travelled to Talakona waterfalls on 4th March 2018 by bike, reached the forest before 9 am. We have spent about two and a half hrs including our trekking time and recreation.

Unexpectedly, there was good water flow from hilltop even at the beginning of summer. It is a beautiful location for trekking, in all seasons.

Forest waterfalls view in Talakona
Talakona waterfalls in Summer

Here are the things to know before you plan a trip to Talakona

1. Entry fee and timing to Talakona forest waterfalls

(a) Checkpoint 1 – Forest Check-post (Pay entry fee for Vehicles)

We enjoyed our ride to the forest watching mango farm and flowers plantation.

We stopped at forest check-post 8.5 km before forest waterfalls. We were asked to enter the name, vehicle name details in the check-post.

The entry fee for two-wheeler is 15/- INR, four-wheeler is 100/- INR. Also, we noticed that the security guard was screening vehicles for alcohols as it was strictly not allowed. If you are carrying any camera then 100/- INR to be paid, otherwise no fee for carrying any mobile phones.

After 5 km drive, we reached Siddeshwara Swamy temple, a forest temple for Lord Shiva and also a guardian of Talakona.

At this point, you could find lots of local food stalls (very dirty) offering to prepare veg and non-veg food fresh for tourists. I would not suggest taking any kind of service from these locals.

It is better to carry own snacks and food as there are no decent eat-outs from our experience.

And be polite with these locals when you are rejecting their service to make the whole experience pleasant.

(b) Checkpoint 2 – Sri Siddeshwara Swamy Temple (Pay entry fee for persons to enter waterfalls)

Siddeshwara Swamy Temple, Forest Shiva temple in Talakona Forest
Siddeshwara Swamy Temple, Forest Shiva temple in Talakona Forest

An ancient temple for Lord Shiva in the middle of the forest is one of the main reasons Talakona is crowded all the time.

Since it was the weekend, there was already a big group of people found to be actively preparing food to offer God. Soon they would take a dip in waterfalls before they start the rituals.

So it is better to avoid visiting Talakona on full moon day (pournami) and no moon day (amavasya), which are auspicious days for Lord Shiva.

Near to the temple, there is a dress change room facility available for the public. From this point, one can choose to go by walk or by own vehicle. There is no second entry fee for vehicles but for individual persons. They charge 10/- per head for adults and 5/- per head for kids.

We chose to go by bike and the road here to waterfalls parking was quite an adventurous one.

One can expect these roads to be very slippery and muddy in monsoon. So it is better to go by walk in the rainy season.

Entry for vehicles at this checkpoint opens only at 9.15 am and closes by 4 pm. In fact, whole forest entry closes by 4 pm.

(c) Parking area – near pond (Park vehicles here for trekking)

Talakona falls
Talakona falls

After a rough ride for about 2 km among the gigantic trees and teasing monkeys, we halted at forest waterfalls parking area. There is a beautiful man-made pond at this point for those who are not able to trek to the mountains.

I and Rajesh clicked some pics before we set to go for a trek for about 2 km to reach the top of the mountain. Trekking is not new to us, we have done 2 hrs trekking to various mountain tops in south India.

Since we were early on Sunday, there were only a few people trekking along with us. We parked our bike here and headed towards the pond to climb the mountain.

2. Monkeys atrocities in the hilltop of Talakona waterfalls

Even Though there were monkeys all along the trekking path, they seem to be minding their businesses.

Except for a group of rowdies near the hilltop, taking advantage of the visitors to waterfalls and their luggage bags.

We were attacked too.

We didn’t have any pole or stick in hand, we used our water bottle to shush them away but in vain.

On the way back from waterfalls, we brought wooden sticks for our safety. So keep your backpacks tightly closed and hold it close to your body.

And for safety, at least one member in your team should be carrying a stick to keep them at bay.

On the way back from the hilltop, same monkey rowdies attacked a female, sat on the top of the backpack and started pulling out some items.

There was a lot of screaming before we rushed to help them with the stick. Until we reached the parking area, we kept warning the visitors to be careful of these monkeys. Ah, what a trip!!

3. Slippery rocks on the highest point of the waterfalls

Talakona waterfalls in summer season
Talakona photos :Talakona waterfalls in summer season

Except for the monkeys’ atrocities, it was a very pleasant trek in the forest to the mountain top.

As you climb up, the view gets much better with a fresh breeze. We stopped now and then to click some pics. Unlike other mountain waterfalls, here you have proper trails to support. But, in some places trails were broken and fallen off, could be due to rain and wind.

Everyone should experience this forest trekking to take the cold shower of untouched pure water with medicinal properties.

Yes, we did climb up to the mountain top.

Waterfalls with the enormous force and the rocks at this point are very slippery and dangerous.

The view is always better from the top.

4. Poor mobile network and worst food service in the Forest

There was no network available in the forest area and near the falls.

If you are planning to stay in the forest resort, it would not be a wise decision.

Also, we heard that there is also no electricity in the guesthouses.

Though we didn’t stay in the resort, we met a fellow companion staying in the guest house. He complained about the poor guest house service, no electricity, no power back up and no food service also.

There is just one maintenance person who brings food from the local stalls near the temple.

And looking at the stalls, definitely, it is not a good idea to order food from them. So it is better to plan as a short one day trip either from Tirupati or Chennai or Madanapalle.

Moreover, there is nothing much to see around here except for the temple and dense forest waterfalls. Until we reached the checkpoint 1, we had trouble with the poor network connectivity.

Note: If you are planning to stay in the Talakona forest resort, it is best to carry this small water kettle to make tea, coffee and even cook noodles. This kettle comes handy when you have kids in the trip, and when you don’t have access to nearby local stalls. From what I have heard, it is not advisable to eat in the local stalls.

5. Trek to Talakona is suitable for older adults (but not in monsoon)
Talakona waterfalls photos
Talakona photos: Steps to Talakona waterfall

Since it was summer, we had no issue climbing up the unpaved stone stairs. But in monsoon, it would get slippery and hard to climb with the poor rails for support.

In some places, the rails were broken and fallen off from the track. Otherwise, it is safe to climb the man-made stairs with the rails support.

Talakona is the perfect romantic and adventurous getaway for youngsters. And the best place to hang out with family.

Talakona is a must visit tourist place if you are planning a trip to Tirupati.

To my fellow travellers:

  • Be early, enjoy the beauty of forest waterfalls in silence. And cherish the moment.
  • Be brave, take a cold shower in the hilltop, and be proud because not everyone can make to the top.
  • Be sensitive, don’t pollute the forest and the environment.
Trekking essentials – Things necessary for Talakona Trekking

#1. Small Backpack – To fit in all the travel essentials.

  • Size – Sufficient to fit 1 pair clothes, snacks, flip flops (chappals) and water bottle
  • Polythene bag /waterproof bag – to keep the wet clothes. Keep extra bag if needed to keep shoes or sandals water free just before you go to play in the falls
  • Soaps and hand sanitizer
  • Snacks
  • Extras – Walking stick (especially for elders and to ward away monkeys)

Where to buy the cheap and best backpack?

I bought this small backpack from Decathlon sports and fitness shop in Bangalore. You could buy the same in the store or on their website. It is very handy, comfortable and lightweight backpack which fits in all the above-said essentials. Best suited for a single person. If you are travelling with a partner or with kids, its best to buy each bag for individuals to avoid tired and pain.

Avoid carrying family size bags up the hills – makes it difficult to trek the hills.

#2. Water Bottle

Summer or winter, trekking uphill always make you go thirsty for water. It is one of the most essential things in any kind of travel and definitely, you cannot travel without them for trekking to Talakona. So grab a bottle or two, make sure you are well hydrated throughout the trip.

As I mentioned before, it is not safe to buy bottles in the forest area stalls – as you would have never heard of those aqua brands before – so pack your own bottle or buy good brands before you hit the talakona border. Buy these reusable water bottles of high quality to protect the nature from plastics dumping.

#3. Travel towel

Essential for trekking and most important when you have the plan to play in the waterfalls. No One can resist this Talakona waterfalls falling 280 feet from the top of the mountain, which is said to carry medicinal properties – so it is not a bad idea at all, is not? So travel towel is an essential item in your backpack along with your change clothes. (there are no change rooms immediately near the falls, so need to climb down near to the Shiva temple to access the change rooms)

#4. Camera Bag

Needless to say, you need to protect them from water as you cannot leave them in open while you are bathing.

#5. Snacks

Healthy and space-saving snacks like chocolate bars, peanuts burfi, mixed nuts etc., These snacks not only occupy less space, they keep you full for a longer time from going hungry.

#6. Flip Flops

To relax your feet after a long walk. I saw locals climbing the hill with just flipflops, you could try too if you think will be comfortable and to save some space in the bag. We usually prefer shoes, comfortable for the bike ride. So we carry a pair of slippers for relaxing wherever we travel.

#7. Multi-Purpose scarf

This is our mandatory gear for our bike ride, it will be useful for you too if you are riding anywhere long distance by bike. You can use it as a scarf on your head to wear the helmet or on your face to protect from the sun and pollution.

#8. Basic skin care essentials

Soap, hand sanitizer, moisturizer, pocket comb etc.,

We are regular bike riders, so we have an exclusive travel kit to keep all the skin care essentials and medicines. Since it is a one day trip, you can toss in those cosmetics inside the bag, instead of carrying a pouch.

FAQ about Talakona Forest Waterfalls:
1. Where is the Talakona waterfalls located?

The Talakona waterfall is the highest waterfall in the Andhra Pradesh state with a 270 feet (82 m)-fall. It is located in Nerabailu village of Chittoor district in Andhra. It is situated 250 km from Bangalore, 220 km from Chennai, 58 km from Tirupati, 105 km from Chittoor and 102 km from Madanapalle.

How to reach Talakona waterfalls?

After reaching the forest entry (from Forest check-post security gate) it is about approx. 5 km distance to reach Shiva temple and 7 km ride to reach the waterfalls parking area.

Public transport buses from Tirupati, Madanapalle, Chennai would stop at this check-post. Otherwise, all types of private vehicles are permitted up-to waterfalls parking area, which is the closest parking area to waterfalls.

But some would prefer to halt at Shiva temple, whichever is convenient for you. So, if you have taken public transport, it is exactly 8.5 km walk to the waterfalls.

Details about the nearest railway station, Bus station and cab facility to Talakona Forest and waterfalls?

There is no direct railway connectivity to Talakona falls, one has to stop and change buses from Chittoor or Tirupati railway station.

Bus facilities are available from both the bus stations but are very infrequent.

Early morning direct bus available from Tirupati, but it is quite a long journey. Also, local taxi services in Tirupati would cost 2500/ -INR to 4000/- INR, varies for the season. So it is better to arrange own transport.

Are there any options for Room bookings, Hotels and Resorts near Talakona Forest?

Like public transport, hotel room availability is also not very supportive for the tourists. From what I gathered, the forest guest house facility is very poor and maintenance is not up to the expectation.

Needless to say, the struggle for good food, as the area is dominated by local food stalls which are dirty and untidy.

So it is better to look for accommodation in Tirupati or Madanapalle.

Also keeping the unavailability of restaurants in mind, it is advised to pack food and snacks from home or the nearest city.

What are the Activities to do / things to do in and around Talakona waterfalls?

Usually, people visit Talakona after Temple darshan at Tirumala Tirupathi. Or like us, people would directly come to talakona for trekking. In our next visit to Madanapalle, we are planning to visit the Horsley Hills. So the activities you could do when you are in Talakona –

  • Visit Lord Siddeshwara temple and seek his blessings
  • Trekking to hilltop – wear comfortable clothes and shoes, keep your luggage zip locked,  keep a stick to ward off monkeys
  • Cook food, recreation with family and friends (alcohol prohibited)
  • Connect to mother nature, experience the forest away from city life
  • Poor network connectivity, disconnect with social media, connect with family and friends
  • Play in the pond -There is a beautiful pond at the waterfalls parking area for those who are not able to trek to the hilltop
Locker room facilities, Dress change rooms and washroom facilities in Talakona Waterfalls?

There are no locker room facilities, it is better to pack very light luggage. And there are dress change and washroom available but not clean, as there is no maintenance person.

Entry Fee, Timing, alcohol consumption and Photography in Talakona falls?

As I mentioned above, there are two checkpoints for vehicles.

One is forest checkpost where they check vehicles, note down the registration number, entry time and the number of visitors. There they collect 15/- for two-wheelers, 100/- INR for four wheelers and 100/- for cameras. Here entry time is open from early morning, but it is not preferable to reach the forest before 8 am as there won’t be any visitors until 9 am.

In the second entry point, which is near Shiva temple, the entry fee to waterfalls is collected. Here they collect 10/- per person for adults, 5/- per person for kids. The gate opens only by 9.15 am, until then you can spend time around the temple.

When is the best season to visit Talakona falls?

Usually, the best time to visit Talakona forest is between November to January. As you see in pics, there was a good amount of water flow even in March. It is suggested to avoid trekking during rainy season as it gets more dangerous in slippery rocks.

No alcohols or any impolite behaviour are entertained in the forest and waterfalls area.

By 4 pm, forest entry closes for visitors.

How much time one can spend in Talakona Falls?

From 9.15 am to 4 pm, you could spend time at the mountain top, playing and bathing. You could spend little more extra time in the area near the Lord Shiva temple, where you could find local food stalls and tea shops (hardly 1 or 2 shops)

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