Kalyala waterfalls

28th August 2011

When we reached the tiny village on the foothills of Western Ghats the sun had already crossed the mid sky. The waterfall was visible from the State Highway that passed through that village. It was a steep climb on supposedly bad roads. We did not want to put strain on a brand new car and hence opted for a Jeep ride. The road was indeed steep but nicely tarred.

I was surprised to see a plain land after climbing up the hill we saw from the highway. A peaceful village was on the top. The waterfall is just half a km from the village which needs to be covered by walk. Jeep driver volunteered to show us the way. After few minutes of easy walking we reached the stream that formed the waterfalls. I was expecting to reach the bottom of the falls but we were on top of it!!

In order to reach bottom of the falls, we had to get down over a rocky and slippery path. I had an umbrella, water bottle and camera in my hand. With climbing down proving difficult I decide to take only camera and drop the other two to be picked up while climbing up. It was a leech prone area and we had to quickly get down. While I and Jeep driver got down almost to the bottom of the falls there was no sign on others. After waiting for some time, I decided to climb up and see their whereabouts. They had badly bitten by leeches and had decided to stay on the top.

I climbed down the rocks and reached the base of the waterfalls. The waterfall was about 80-100ft in height. It looked like there were few more stages of the falls but was completely covered by forest. We had to cross to the other side of the falls to get a good view. After spending some time in the waterfalls we climbed up to reach the village back. After drinking water at a house nearby we started the return journey.

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