Pilgrimage | Waterfall
#6 of 19 Places to Visit in Srisailam
Distance (From Srisailam): 58 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
Place Location: Between Hyderabad To Srisailam
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / + Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: 1. If you are travelling from Hyderabad, you can visit this place while driving to Srisailam with 1-2 hrs extra effort
2. Carry an extra pair of cloths if you are planning to play in the water
3. A small shop is available at the entrance of the falls and water/snacks are available here
At a distance of 58 km from Srisailam & 173 km from Hyderabad, Mallela Theertham is a charming waterfall located in the dense Nallamala forest. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Hyderabad and among ideal weekend getaways from Hyderabad for a day trip. It is situated close to Hyderabad to Srisailam highway and is a popular place to visit while travelling to Srisailam.
With a height of about 150 feet, water directly falls from a high cliff on a Shiv Lingas kind of rock formations. Bordered by thick forest, the surroundings of the falls offer unique experience. The water comes from a small stream which flows through the dense jungle and meets the Krishna River. About 380 well laid steps need to be walked down to reach the falls from the road point. The pool below the falls is closed with fencing on all sides. However, there is a path to reach the bottom of the falls and play in the water, if the flow of the stream is not heavy. The water from main falls flow into another pool in the vicinity forming another small but cute waterfall, though reaching bottom of this fall is little difficult.
It is said that many sages have performed penances here for Shiva. It is believed that many tigers visit this place to drink water during summer. Mallela Theertham is a good place to hangout for a weekend to enjoy with friends and family. As it is closer to Hyderabad, many students and employees come here to enjoy on the weekends.
After travelling 50 km from Srisailam towards Hyderabad, you have to take right turn into forest at Vatwarlapally and drive for about 8 km to reach the falls. The approach road towards the falls is bumpy and gets worse in peak monsoons. Autos and Jeeps are also available from Vatwarlapally.
The best season to visit the falls is from October to February. Tourists may not find much water in summer season.
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM. Entrance: Rs. 10 per head, Car Parking: Rs 20.