Tada: A garden in the Emerald City of Oz

Epiphanies rarely repeat themselves. Tada is a place that is bound to engender an epiphany that will be etched in the memories of a traveler forever. Situated in the Nellore district, at the very borders of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Tada is a bucolic and a semi offbeat location.

The best way to reach Tada is to board a bus from Chennai which will be a journey of around 70 kilometers and will take not more than 90 minutes.

There are 2 major attractions in Tada; one is the Ubbalamadugu (don’t bother pronouncing the name, “Tada Falls” is enough) falls which are quite well known and the second one is Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary which remains unknown to many people who visit Tada. However, both the places are flush with a beauty unique to them both and are must to visit.

The Pulicat Lake is the second largest salt lake in India after Chilika Lake (Orissa) and home to an exotic range of rare migratory birds like pelicans, kingfishers, herons, painted storks, spoonbills and ducks. There will be fishermen with quaint boats having blue sails over there that will charge around Rs.1000 and take you for a long ride to the barrier island of Sriharikota.

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Fishing Boat ride in Pulikat lake

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DSC1438Flock of an exotic species of painted storks

You will be more than impressed with this place after you visit the Pulicat Lake and thoroughly enchanted after you visit the Ubbalamadugu falls. Before starting for the falls, you must have packed food with you as there will not be any food stalls in the forest where the falls are. Also, for this excursion to be truly magical, it is extremely essential that you start for the falls very early in the morning, possibly before sunrise.

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The trekking route through the forest

From where the town is, you need to take an auto ride for around half an hour. From there, there is a quite long but a very pleasurable trek to the waterfalls of medium difficulty. Since, it would be early in the morning; there would be a cool breeze and a crisp sunshine pushing its way out of the canopy above. The chirping of the birds, whispering of the streams and the roaring of the waterfall will steadily increase with every step you take towards your destination.

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Once you greet the majestic waterfalls, it is pure bliss. There are cliffs on both sides and water gushing through the rocks. There will be pools of crystal clear water formed between rocks and roots of ancient trees which will have tiny fishes swimming inside. If you dip your feet inside, a tiny swarm of fishes will tickle your toes.

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The most astonishing thing about that location is its verdure. The trees, the moss on the rocks and even the greenish hue of the water make you feel as if you are in the emerald city of the Oz. If you are lucky enough to reach the falls so early that you are the first ones that day, you will feel as if you are in a sanctuary that has never been disturbed by humans.

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The hardest part will be the return trek, not only because of the exhaustion, but also because it will really be difficult to leave such a place behind!

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-Chronicles of The Blue Tent 

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