Ethipothala Falls (Near Nagarjuna Sagar) – 176 Kms
Ethipothala Water Falls, Thallapalle, Andhra Pradesh, India
Ethipothala Falls is a 21-feet-high waterfall in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India. The meaning of it from telugu, ethhi means a telugu word yetthi or yetthu which literally means height and pothala could mean po jala… means water flowing from height. Located on the Chandravanka River which is a tributary of the Krishna River range on the right bank. The cataract is a combination of three components namely Chandravanka Vagu, Näkkälä Vagu and Tummala Vagu. It is located about 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) from Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. The river joins the Krishna River after the dam after about 3 kms of the falls. A strategic point of view was created by the Ministry of Tourism of Andhra Pradesh, adjacent hill. There Ranganatha and Dattatreya temples around. There is a breeding center for crocodiles on the lake formed by the waterfall. Nagarjuna right bank of water Sagar channel is released in the above flows to keep alive or a fall that flows throughout the year for the water for tourist use.
Another legend as usually happens with lot of historical places goes in connection with this place. It is believed that the Yathis and Rishis made penance around this place so the place its its name Etitaposthal now it is called ettipotala dattakshetram. The temples of Lord dattatreya and his consort madhumathi devi and lor sreedevi, bhudevi sahit sree ranganathswamy attract lot of believers to this place who offer their prayers here. There is a cave which lead to srisailam and guttikonda. The chennakesava temple built by the Hoshaya kings and renovated by Brahma Naidu can also be visited here.
Can you Swim here?
Ideally everyone would explore this possibility when they are visiting any waterfall for that matter.
The place is used for crocodile breeding and moreover you have to climb down from the viewpoint of 80 feet above. So swimming is not a realistic idea.
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