Ubbalamudugu Falls is the official name of the famous Tada Falls. Located on the border of Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. More specifically, in Varadaiah Palem mandal of Chittoor district in Tamil Nadu. Tada Falls is located in a forest called the Siddulaiah Kona. The Tada falls see a huge inflow of visitors during the Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri which is a common time for people to visit.
You can get to Tada falls through various routes, the area is well connected to Chennai via local trains and local buses that head to Chennai from Tirupathi and Nellore. The sign boards don’t exactly do a great job, so if you are planning to take yourr own vehicle, follow google maps without doubts. To get to the Tada falls by car, Cross the Padi junction in Chennai and take the redhills route and join NH-5. Drive for about 60 kms after which you will reach Tada town. Right before you reach Tada town, you will cross the Andhra Pradesh checkpost. The place is ideal for day picnics and family outings.
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At the entrance, there is a ticket counter where you will be required to pay for parking. If you are a photography enthusiast, please note that you will be asked to pay a certain charge for carrying cameras as well. After the payment process is complete, there is again a ten minute drive on a real dirt road. At the car parking are you will find a few rest rooms, make sure you use it especially young children if you are planning to spend the entire day. There are no rest rooms after this particular point. Of late this region is becoming a prominent trekking spot for the young people in Chennai and surrounding areas. Trekkers usually leave their vehicles at the parking lot near the fall which is marked as the starting point of the Ubbalamudugu Falls trek. It’s a short day trek covering a distance of 10 km. The trek route is fairly simple with a few rough patches and some rocky terrains. For those seeking to begin a life in adventure sport, this is a nice trek to begin with for novice trekkers.