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Nagalapuram: flirting with the hills (13km trek)


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Duration: 2 Days
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Photos of Nagalapuram: flirting with the hills (13km trek) 1/3 by Harita Vinnakota
The famous "magic pool" on the hill top
Photos of Nagalapuram: flirting with the hills (13km trek) 2/3 by Harita Vinnakota
atop the hill - bliss
Photos of Nagalapuram: flirting with the hills (13km trek) 3/3 by Harita Vinnakota

Nagalapuram trek is one of the most popular treks in and around Chennai. Usually this is a 2 day trek, one day of uphill, followed by camping - next morning teams return. But in our case we wanted to wrap up in a single day.

So we started off in the morning from Chennai (75km drive), breakfast on the way - reached Uttokotai from where Nagalapuram foothills is about 10 km drive.Reached the start point and started trekking with a group of 20 people at around 2 pm (yes! not the best time to start but as you will read further, you will realise how it made the trip more adventurous than starting earlier on) - Ideal and safe time to start if you plan to ascend on the same day would be around 10 am, not later.

If you plan to stay back ( as in generally done) - feel free to to start anytime till about 3 pm - again not any later, ascent or descent is risky post 6 pm.

We reached the first pool in a record 35 mins, the place is very scenic but you will hardly get the space to enjoy the scenary because you are on a mission, a hard uphill trek with intermittent streams and loose stones - you have to keep a watch on your step and tread carefully. We take a 15 minute break at the first pool and then start again. the second innings are harder than the first because it involves some steep rock climbing as well. But we finally reach in about 75 mins.

Groups fill water at the stream and descend a steep set of rocks in order to reach the magic pool. Magic pool looks like a simple harmless pool, but its definitely not advisable unless you have safety equipment or are a confident swimmer. we tied a rope across the pool, let down a couple of tubes all the non swimmers could take an enchanting dip too. After this the group went back to the camping spot (atop the hill), we lit up a small camp fire, cooked food for the evening - mostly maggi noodles (Could make for a great Meri Maggi Story), cooked about 9 packets of Maggi noodles for a team of 20. It was almost 9 pm by the time we were all done with dinner and collecting the garbage (NO littering at this spot or any other spot of that matter)

we make it a point to collect everything we brought, except for the utensils which we gave to fellow campers.

Now the most tricky part of the trek begins, darkness - guided by moonlight alone if you are not prepared for this one. But we had torches and hence we re a lot better off. descend can be slippery and dangerous (with gorge on one side, thorns on the other and loose stones on the path) We took about 80 mins to get down. we took 2-3 , 5 min breaks on the way back. We were back to foothills by 11 pm. Took 2 hours to reach Chennai (good roads - cant complain)

Overall - fun trip, endurance test - includes - rock climbing, hill trekking, streams, camping and all this can be managed at a very very cheap price. Definitely recommended for any average person below 40

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Hello.. Nice Blog.. Nice pics.. Nagalapuram is a small town 70 km southeast of Tirupati. This village was designed during Sri Krishnadevaraya reign in the memory of his mother. The town has a very famous temple of Vedanarayana Swamy. Nagala trail is one of the famous trekking routes in Eastern Ghats. Must visit- www.bmcadventures.com/events/event/nagalapuram-trek-eastern-ghats/

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Mon, Feb 20th 2017, 00:54 Reply
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Avoid trekking here during the summer months. I was exhausted just 2 kms into my trek. The sun is at its highest at the time. I plan on going back in winter. Clubs that support trekking in Chennai also advise against summer trekking.

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Tue, Nov 24th 2015, 07:58 Reply (1)
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we should take some precautions..

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Apr 3rd 2016, 22:10
A reservoir at the base is the starting point for the trek. The natural wonders nestled among the Nagala hills make Nagalapuram trekking a wonderful experience. Once you reach the hills, you feel like you are part of another world.

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Tue, Nov 24th 2015, 04:18 Reply
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Nagalapuram Falls offer among the best trekking trails in and around Chennai. I started the trek late instead of getting an early start. You could always camp at the hills if you have camping gear. The experience is something you will not easily forget.

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Mon, Nov 23rd 2015, 09:42 Reply
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Nagalapuram trekking can get a little tricky in parts. However, it is enjoyable overall. Make sure to take your own food as there are few places along the way. There is a small village at the starting point of the trek. Some of the locals there will cook for you. However, taking big vessels into the forest will pose a challenge. Bring stuff you need from home as there are very few shops around.

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Mon, Nov 23rd 2015, 07:30 Reply
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You can reach Nagalapuram by car. You will need to get an early start from Chennai for a one-day trip. I've been there thrice and the journey to the place, and the place itself, always amazes me. You will be bowled over by the three natural pools. The third pool is quite deep. Make sure to exercise caution and have fun.

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Mon, Nov 23rd 2015, 04:45 Reply
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I loved that Nagalapuram has raw, untouched beauty. There aren't too many people and shops in the area. I hope it stays that way. If you are looking to relax then just spend an hour near Nagala falls, it will refresh you.

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Mon, Nov 23rd 2015, 02:58 Reply
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For me personally, the Chennai-Periyapalayam-Uthukkottai-Nagalapuram route is safe to take. I found it convenient with very few problems. The good thing is that there is plenty of car parking spaces for people with vehicles. I enjoyed the trek. I am planning another trip soon. Trekking in Chennai overall is a great.

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Sun, Nov 22nd 2015, 21:43 Reply
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Trekking in Chennai can be fun. However, the Nagalapuram trek has a high level of difficulty. First-time trekkers are not advised to undertake the trek. If you are fit and have trained for the trek, go for it!

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Sun, Nov 22nd 2015, 21:24 Reply
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Nagalapuram is also known for the famous Sri Veda Narayana Swamy temple. I wasn't looking for temples when I went on the trek. Our guide told us that the ancient temple was built by Krishnadevaraya for his mother. I was impressed by the peace and quiet the place provides.

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Sun, Nov 22nd 2015, 15:18 Reply
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Jia
The trek proved to be a little difficult for me. I loved the scenery though. If you consider Nagalapuram trekking, carry a lot of water. Take a few sips at 15 minute intervals to stay hydrated.

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Sun, Nov 22nd 2015, 12:00 Reply
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I am undergoing my graduation in Chennai. I want to enjoy trekking with my friends. None of us are experienced in Trekking so help us..

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Sun, Sep 20th 2015, 09:55 Reply
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Pradeep Anandkumar
Valuable information

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Tue, Apr 28th 2015, 05:22 Reply
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Pradeep Anandkumar
Valuable information

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Tue, Apr 28th 2015, 05:22 Reply
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Kumar Rajappa
Very useful information about Nagalapuram trekking.

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Tue, Apr 7th 2015, 02:49 Reply
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Kumar Rajappa
Very useful information about Nagalapuram trekking.

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Tue, Apr 7th 2015, 02:49 Reply
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Amar Shekhar
http://trekkerpedia.com/2012/11/nagalapuram-trekking-waterfalls-route-map-west-entry-temple/

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Amar Shekhar
http://trekkerpedia.com/2012/11/nagalapuram-trekking-waterfalls-route-map-west-entry-temple/

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Wed, Feb 4th 2015, 09:20 Reply
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Taj Peer
Nice article...:-)

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Mon, Jan 12th 2015, 04:48 Reply
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Taj Peer
Nice article...:-)

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