Nagalapuram falls is located near Arai village in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. Nagalapuram is one of the best treks around Chennai. Famous for along the waterfalls trekking in Nagalapuram hills, Below is the Nagalapuram trek information.
A basic Nagalapuram trek map just for your reference:
How To Reach Nagalapuram waterfalls Trek?
First, understand that ‘Nagalapuram’ is a name of a town in the Andhra Pradesh. And ‘Nagalapuram waterfalls trek’ is different than just reaching the ‘Nagalapuram town’. ‘Nagalapuram waterfalls trek’ is around 18 Kms from the ‘Nagalapuram town’. Another such waterfalls trek near Chennai is Tada falls.
To reach Nagalapuram waterfalls, search “Arai Village, Arai, Andhra Pradesh 517581” on Google maps. There is a motorable road until this village. The road from Nagalapuram to Arai village passes through the Pichatur town. This village is also the base village of the Nagalapuram trek.
From Pichatur, Arai village is around 11 Km. Once you reach Pichatur, you can also ask locals for the Arai village and they will guide you towards you the village.
Now you can refer the map above. Once reached over there, you can further drive up to the Nagala dam on the motorable road and park your vehicle near the dam.
If you have a driver with you, you can ask your driver to wait for you there overnight near the dam. Forget not to bring some food for him for the night. Chances are there that he would not be alone in the night because on weekends other trekking group’s vehicles will also be there. Else, you can lock your car there and start for the trek.
In the summer, you can even drive up to the water stream (refer the map above) from where the trek goes along the water stream. But it is advisable not to try driving on this raw trail with vehicles having low ground clearance. This is basically a kind of tractor trail.
The further trek follows along the water stream. This water stream on some point of its courses turns into waterfalls and water pools. So do not misjudge this trek as going to a waterfall. All the time, you would mostly be walking along the water stream.
Nagalapuram Trek Information:
Camping on Nagalapuram trek:
Nagalapuram trek is almost a flat trek and it should not be tough to find a 6×6 ft of space just beside the trail. But you might have to clear the bushes to make a perfect camping ground.
Parking on Nagalapuram trek
You can park your vehicle, as mentioned above, near the Nagala dam. Here is the vehicle parking fee as charged by the villagers for maintaining the road until the Nagala dam:
Guide for Nagalapuram trek:
It’s better to have someone with you who knows this trek well. In the case, if you have not someone like that with you then, there is a person at village Arai. His name is Mari (He understands only Telugu and Tamil), he organizes treks for people his number: 09550010278
Another person who could be of your help is Sarvana (he is the guy who will cut a receipt for parking for the Nagalapuram trek). He also organizes kind of a Treknic (Trekking + Picnic) for people.
Last time in July 2015, when I went I saw him driving 25 people on the tractor to the water stream; carrying biryani and helping them to have fun and a picnic. His charge was Rupees 1500 for 25 people for driving to and fro in the tractor and guiding them on the Trek. He could also be contacted in case you are in plan to go into a group. He
He could also be contacted in case you are in plan to go into a group. He understands only Tamil and Telugu. His number is 09603690134 (Saravanan). It would also be better if you know swimming. You might enjoy more in the water pools.
Going with girls on Nagalapuram trek:
In recent times, eve-teasing cases have come to highlight by some groups of people. So, unless there are not 3 to 4 guys in the group, I would recommend not to go there.
Nagalapuram falls trek review:
Fours years ago when I went for Nagalapuram trek, it was not so much known and commercialized. There was hardly any garbage dump along the trail. Nowadays, it’s sad to see garbage dumped every 100 meters along the whole trek route. It has become a common picnic point for people. They do not even care to bring back the garbage. My request to you will be to bring back the garbage. Though trek is very nice. Water level goes down in summer or pre-monsoon.
Nagalapuram trek permission:
Legally, you should register yourself at the Nnagalapuram town police station before entering the forest. But I seldom see people registering at the police station. It might be because Nagalapuram has become a very famous trek. But precautions should be taken.
Important information on Nagalapuram trek
If you are going for Nagalapuram trekking for the first time then here is some information for you:
- Please take a guide or an experienced person who has already been there before. If you can’t go with such a person then here is some advice which might help you.
- Once you reach Arai Village, you can ask in the village for some person to accompany you as a guide. Of course, they will ask for some money, be ready to negotiate. If that person is ready to take you to the waterfalls and all, well and good. In case not then chances are higher that he will show you just the route.
- Ask the person to leave you near the water stream. Or, even if he shows the ways to the water stream, try hearing the sound of the flowing water from a distance.
- Once you reach the water stream, just keep on walking along the trail. The water stream will always be in your sight towards your left. And it never goes away from the trail.
- The trail is pretty clear and Straight forward. Keep track of what all you saw on the way, in case you are feeling lost.
- Until the second water stream, I think you should not get lost because, as I said, the trail is pretty clear. Except at a point where you will have to climb 8 feet rock which is really easy because steps are there.
- Just before the second pool, one trail goes to the right and eventually to the top of the Nagalapuram hills. Don’t take that trail. Enjoy in the second pool and return. Forget not to carry swimming tubes.
- I would not recommend going beyond the second water pool if you are a first timer.
My Nagalapuram trek experience:
After finishing my schooling from Sainik (Military) school, I had millions of gallons of adventure in my blood. And finally, I decided to go to the Nagalapuram trek as one day trek with Chennai Trekking club.
When my name was confirmed for the trek, I was smiling at my luck nonetheless, I forgot the sweet pain that I was gonna get throughout the trek while fantasizing about mountains, water pools, thick forest and fun with new people.
They never say that I needed a bulldozer-body and a pack of will-power. Don’t get scared, when you start walking, you start seeing the real demon inside you and believe me, people do it easily and unbelievably.
The trek started with people having fun; chit-chatting; trying to guess the height of the hill & the probable time to reach there. Some were even wondering with wild thoughts of confronting wild animals too. You can’t imagine the unimaginable thoughts of rookies when they start for their first trek of life.
But, I say you, these wild thoughts come only when you are in the field, it never haunts your mind till you are snoring on a sofa and watching some lazy serials.
And, we started walking. We walked, walked and walked and again walked and kept on walking until we met the first pool on the way. Trust me, the vibes and enchanting of running water at that moment would be more mellifluous than your favorite rugged song which you hear every night before going to bed.
Talking water has never looked so quite like a silent angel with whispers of her wings “but we had miles to go and a schedule to keep; before we sleep; before we Sleep”.
What did I learn? Drinking running water is always preferred in treks especially the water that flows at the top surface.
The ephemeral hallucination of eternal rest that you feel vanishes now. Someone shouts- – “Move on, we are lagging behind the schedule, guys”
Silent woods and pristine pool
Wild lesson learned: when you are lost in the jungle, try to find a stream and follow it. It would give you water and find you a way to civilization.
Now the gradual gradient in the angle of hiking increases. People have started leaning ahead to maintain the center of gravity and some started using the stick to help themselves. Walk which started leisurely has now turned into a rocky, steeply, grassy and slippery walk. Time seemed frozen and it appeared as though I was caught in the endless vicious cycle of the walk.
The demand for short-breaks increased; the amount of sweating increased; the questions about miles to go also increased. But here is a good thing about it is, people have started lending hands to each other. They have started sharing water, fun and jokes and some are kicking their friends trying to move an idle stone with a single blow.
On the way to Nagalapuram trek:
And, it sounded as if Titanic had crashed and we were now on a rescue mission with captain announcing the procedures. To a seasoned trekker, it might have been a child’s play but for me, it was like organic chemistry exam. If I already kept wondering, he already had galloped 15 feet like a baboon.
Girls find many hands for help and boys struggled to find a single hand (just for fun). With thousands of big-winged birds in the stomach, I traded like Mr. bean, occasionally going “Aaah ah….” and making some Gangnam dance moves, sometimes discovering new dance moves while losing balance and people laughing at you, when you are unable to understand why?
But when you reach the top you also join the laughing gang while you take a look at the person trying to make moves and climb the same ridge.
A manly thought: Women find men more gracious when they sweat and adrenaline rush fastest in their vein. (Learned this as a compliment from co-trekkers)
Looking at the zeal and experience that the seasoned trekkers had, I also motivated myself to be like them and aspire to be *graceful- no terms and conditions apply. The tiring walk through bushes and narrow trails ended up at a serene big pool of water. And what do we see?- A waterfall.
Most of the members of our group had gotten there before us. I was almost the last one to enter the clearing and found about 90% of the guys inside the water. How could I resist?? Off came the Backpack and Toe-biting shoes. And BAM!! I am inside the chilling and pristine water for the next 1 hour or so. I waddled like a duck; tried diving but I am not so good at stunts. Ha-ha.
Third pool on the way
Lesson: Learn swimming. It’s not mandatory but when you know you can enjoy more.
I came out wet, decided not to change clothes since the third pool on the way was not so far as told by trekkers who had been here before. We again started walking in a group like some nomad hunters after soaking like buffaloes in water. Before our clothes could get dry in burning sun we reached the third pool.
And the time was almost 1.30 in the afternoon. The sun was high but to beat the heat the biggest pool was just in front of our eyes. Some winds were making ripples over the clear water through which you can have more visibility than a swimming pool.
Before our clothes could get dry in burning sun we reached the third pool. And the time was almost 1.30 in the afternoon. The sun was high but to beat the heat the biggest pool was just in front of our eyes. Some winds were making ripples over the clear water through which you can have more visibility than a swimming pool.
Someone threw a Peach at us and it was a perfect water game to catch the flying peach. Ripped peach (almost all fruits) float over water, I came to know then only. Tell me have you enjoyed pedicure in the jungle? Not right? I did.
Then I sat at the edge the small fishes started biting and kissing my legs and I just closed my eyes and lied over the rocks to feel the sensation of the natural fish-pedicure. I was totally a different experience, free of cost. You might also like other trekking spots around Chennai