Ubbalamadugu Falls (also called Tada Falls or Kambakam Falls) is a waterfall, located to the North of Sricity in theChittoor district of India. Coming under the Buchinaidukandriga & Varadaiahpalem mandals the falls are located 80 kilometres (50 mi) from Chennai and 35 kilometres (22 mi) from Srikalahasti.
The falls are located in a forest called the Kaambakam forest or Sidduliah Kona. The relation to Lord Shiva ensures that the festival of MahaShivaratri is a common time for people to visit.
Best season is from mid-October to Mid-February of every year as it is the main rainy season there.
Tada is a relatively little known tourist destination. It is known for its waterfall (Locally called as Ubbalamadugu Falls), hillocks and greenery. It is ideal for hiking, trekking and picnics.
How to Reach
To reach the falls one must go through the village Varadaiahpalem, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) away, of which only 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) is paved. During MahaShivaratri transport services are provided by APSRTC from the village Varadaiahpalem. SUVs or some vehicles with high ground clearance are best suited for the paved road. Small cars should be avoided.
With limited accommodation available nearby, the best locations to stay are at Srikalahasti or Varadaiahpalem town. Staying in the forest beyond sun set is not advised.
To reach the actual waterfall requires trekking. There is limited guidance, in the form of arrow marks, provided for the hike. It is accessible only by physically fit people.
A few things to remember when you plan for a trip to Tada:
Leave early to escape the mad rush in the afternoon. Shorts and T-shirt are a must. You have to wade through water to reach the biotopes so you don’t want your trousers or jeans to get wet. A spare change of clothes is great if you plan to get wet. Wear footwear that do not slip in water (canvas shoes are great). Carry a shoulder bag so that your hands are free to hold and balance. Carry lots of water to drink. Cell phones do not work, Carry cameras in waterproof bags so that they are not spoilt if they fall into water. Hats are a must. The sun beats down hard and there is very little shade except in a few places. If someone has a leg related problem, it would be better that they do not go to the 5th biotope and the falls. The ideal season to go to Tada falls is between December and mid of February.
Divisional Forest Officer (East)