En­joy the thrill of a 170-me­tre wa­ter­fall

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY - ANUDEEP CEREMILLA | DC

The 170-meter-tall, nat­u­rally-formed, multi-step wa­ter­fall that is found amid a se­ries of hillocks on the out­skirts of Rayikal village is a treat for the eyes. It is lo­cated 40 km away from Warangal city, on the bor­der of Warangal Ur­ban and Karim­na­gar dis­tricts, in the Saida­pur forest area.

Rel­a­tively un­known to the rest of the world, it at­tracts lo­cals look­ing to spend time in the lap of na­ture. After the re­cent bout of heavy rains, the wa­ter­fall is full of life. It has re­cently be­gun gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity be­cause of pic­tures be­ing shared on so­cial me­dia by lo­cal visitors.

Visitors say that the wa­ter­fall has the po­ten­tial to be­come a tourist at­trac­tion. “Though it is not as big as the Bo­gatha Wa­ter­falls, its lo­ca­tion in the midst of a forest en­cour­ages na­ture-lovers to visit the place. Fam­i­lies and friends can en­joy them­selves here. There is enough space to sit and have a pic­nic,” says De­varakonda Paramesh­war, from Warangal.

Lo­cal vil­lager R. San­thosh says that the area can be dan­ger­ous as the forest is home to wild an­i­mals such as bears and boars. How­ever, not many an­i­mals have been sighted there in the re­cent past and peo­ple from the nearby vil­lages and ham­lets have been vis­it­ing the wa­ter­fall reg­u­larly, with­out in­ci­dent.

The wa­ter­fall Wa­ter cas­cades down the rocks, in mul­ti­ple lev­els, like a slinky tum­bling down a stair­case. A sooth­ing sound is pro­duced by the fall­ing wa­ter. The beau­ti­ful scenery is com­pleted by the hillocks which are full of lush, green trees.

How to get there To reach the wa­ter­fall, you must travel by the Husnabad-Sid­dipet Road, turn right at Mulka­noor, and pass through Van­gara, the na­tive place of for­mer Prime Min­is­ter P.V. Narasimha Rao, to reach Rayikal village. From the village, you must travel to­wards the south for about 3 km, through a small road that passes through the fields. At the end of the road, at the village tank, you must park your ve­hi­cle and trek up the hill for a dis­tance of one-and-a-half kilo­me­tres to reach the wa­ter­fall.

What to carry The wa­ter­falls at­tract ad­ven­tur­ous tourists who en­joy trekking and hik­ing. If you are in­ter­ested in vis­it­ing the place, you must carry food with you as there are no restau­rants close by. Closed shoes and clothes that cover the en­tire body are rec­om­mended.

IT HAS re­cently be­gun gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity be­cause of pic­tures be­ing shared on so­cial me­dia.

—DC

Vil­lagers en­joy them­selves at the nat­u­rally-formed wa­ter­fall lo­cated in the Saida­pur forest area.

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