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    With the rains adding to the grandeur of our waterfalls, here are the big seven you must visit this season.

    THERE is somethingA� about watching millions of gallons of water froth over a cliff. Even the imaginary onesa��like Pandoraa��s endless cascades in Avatar to the jaw-dropping Falls of Rauros in Lord of The Ringsa��have captured our imagination. So, with the rains upon us and waterfalls across the country swelling to put on a rather impressive show, it is time we round up popular film shooting spots, waters with healing powers, and morea��seven in all.

    Kune Waterfalls, MaharashtraA�kune falls
    The 14th highest waterfall in the country, Kune falls is located in the Khandala-Lonavala valley. Besides getting screen space in movies like Swades and Koyla, this 656-ft cascade is a great place for groupfies, with theA� emerald peaks of the Sahyadri ranges in the backdrop. Coming down in three tiered drops, with the highest drop at a height of 330 ft, this giant will be closed in September. So better hurry up if youa��d like to see it.
    Tip: You have to climb down 2,500 steps to reach the bottom of the falls. So it is advisable to carry water and energy bars.
    Things to do: Explorers can also opt for a five-kilometre nature walk to the nearby 2,000-year-old Karla Caves, known for its Buddhist inscriptions. Details: 022 22044040

    chitrakootChitrakoot Falls, Chhattisgarh
    If youa��d like to relax in naturea��s lap, amid ancient temples in the Vindhyas, Chhattisgarha��s Chitrakoot falls is your best bet. Besides great selfie spotsa��we recommend the Gupt Godavari caves and Ram Ghata��this 95-ft waterfall is also called the Niagara Falls of India, thanks to its horseshoe shape.
    Tip: It is not advisable to travel by public transportation as the last bus departs at 5 pm.
    Things to do: The tourism board helps organise boat rides with local fishermen throughout the day (at Rs 30). Details: 07714224600

    Talakona Waterfalls, Andhra PradeshA�Talakona waterfalls 2
    With Tamil hit Puli and the Telugu film, Rachcha, shot here, the 250-ft Talakona falls in Chittoor district is the highest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh. Visitors flock here during the monsoons for the viewa��with popular photography spots including the Deer Parka��and, according toA� folklore, the healing properties of the water.
    Tip:A� If you are a non-vegetarian, try the spicy Andhra chicken at the local restaurants near the waterfalls.
    Things to do: The Great Hyderabad Adventure Club organises trekking camps for both adults and children. Rs 3,000 onwards. Details: 7729988784.

    Kutralam Falls, Tamil NaduA�kutralam-falls
    The falls in Tamil Nadua��s Tirunelveli district is said to cure skin disorders like dermatitis, eczema and shingles, as the waters travel through thick forests rich with herbal trees and plants. Generally known as the a�?spa of the Southa�?, you can also book into the nearby MG Resort, which offersA� packages that include sightseeing, nature walks, and trips to the backwaters and Bandipur National Park. Details: holidayiq.com
    Tip: Food and carry bags are not allowed near the falls. And if you manage to sneak in fruits, beware of the monkeys!
    Things to do: Explore Thiru Kutralanathar, the Shiva temple, which contains inscriptions about the Chola and Pandya kings. It is located 2 km from the falls. Details: tripadvisor.in

    jog falls 2Jog Falls, Karnataka
    Thundering down a stream of rocks, in several tiers,A� the 830-ft Jog Falls is the second-highest in India. During the monsoons, you can get the best views from Watkin Platform and the Bombay Bungalow. The latter is also a great place for family picnics. Itching to capture the moment? Head to the perfect groupfie location, atop Linganamakki Dam, which is a 13-km drive from the falls.
    Tip: Make advance reservations if youa��d like to stay atA� the Hotel Mayura Gerusoppa, as it fills up fast. Run by the state government, it offers holiday packages starting from Rs 7,780 onwards.
    Things to do: Adventure club Sharavathi Nature Trails organises treks (for adults and children) in the area. Rs 1,500 for children and Rs 2,000 for adults. Details: 8186213399.

    Kempty Falls, UttarakhandA�
    With water dropping from a height of 4,500-feet, splitting into five before descending into the valley, the Kempty falls is a great monsoon destination. Besides the lush green mountains, the popular K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museuma��with statues of various eminent personalities likeA� Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekanandaa��also sees many posing with selfie sticks. With the much-awaited Baahubali 2 being shot here now, ita��s attracting tourists from around the world.
    Tip: Dona��t walk into the water barefoot as the bottom is gravel-lined and can cut your feet.
    Things to do: Enjoy paragliding here, as many adventure clubs like the Dare Adventure, offers it as part of a combo deal with 2D1N stay options. Rs 2,499 onwards.
    Details: 08586889317

    Athirappilly Waterfalls, Kerala
    Two hours away from Kochi, snuggled between the Chalakudy River and the dense Sholayar Forest, lies one of the most picturesque cascades in Kerala. With a width of 330 feet and a powerful torrent of water dropping 80 feet, the Athirappilly Falls is a famous selfie spota��seen in Baahubali and Dil Se. A steep two-kilometre trek to the base of the falls will let you experience the power of its three-tiered cascades up close.
    Tip: The Forest Department regulates the number of plastic items you can carry, so keep it to a minimum.
    Things to do: Put up your feet in a spacious tree house with a great view of the waterfall, at the Rainforest resort. Rs 35,000 (special twoA�-night monsoon package) includes a sightseeing trip to the falls and access to their infinity pool. Details: rainforest.in

    a��Payal GangishettyA� with inputs from Anoop Menon,A� Arya P Dinesh & Sonali Ravi

     

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