26 December 2012
From Kutumsar cave, we headed to Tirathgarh waterfalls. People combine their visit to Tirathgarh and Kutumsar cave as both are inside Kanger Valley national park.
When we reached the parking place of Tirathgarh falls, our driver warned us about the monkey menace at the falls. So, we dropped the idea of carrying food. Instead we searched for some good “sticks” that can scare the monkeys off. My daughter took the biggest one. She was happy to see monkeys running away on brandishing the stick!!
We descended down the steps to reach the base of the waterfall. The water falls down from series of rocky steps which resembles like falling from a staircase. There was quite a crowd at the base of the falls with most of them posing in front of camera and others swimming in a small pool formed at the base.
The waterfall drops in two streams. One stream was easily seen from the place we stood. I crossed to see the other side the falls formed by second stream. The water from the second stream was directly falling to the base of the valley while the first one dropped in two stages. I went down further to see the second stage of the falls.
Surprisingly very few people go down to the second stage of the falls. It was more serene and beautiful than the crowded first stage.
|Second stage of the falls|
The waterfall drops even further down to reach the bottom of the valley after which it flows into a gorge.
|Base of the valley|
We climbed back with our tummies craving for food. The eateries near the falls only had scary looking stuff filled with oil. So we had to be contended with packed food that we brought from Jagdalpur. While eating I also did an additional duty of chasing monkeys away. It was too much for them to see people having food in front of them!!
|From the top|
One can also reach the top of the falls easily. The Kanger valley can be seen for miles ahead and if you put your head down your eyes will be filled with the people swimming at the base of the falls.
|Kanger valley from top of the falls|