Katiki Waterfalls

KATIKI WATERFALLS

INTRODUCTION

katiki-waterfallsThe Katiki Waterfalls is in Araku near Borra Caves in Vishakhapatnam in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Katiki waterfall is on the Gosthani River. The name of the falls is derived from the name of the village nearby.

The waterfall is about 50 feet high and the water cascades down to a pond at the bottom. It is considered as a beautiful waterfall in Araku Valley when it is as its best. The Katiki Waterfalls is also believed to be named after the mythological figure Kaitiki.

PLACES TO VISIT

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  1. Borra Caves: The caves are only 4 kms. from the waterfall. These caves are located in the Ananthagiri hill ranges. The caves are considered to be the largest ones in India and at an altitude of 2313 feet above sea level. Borra caves were discovered by a British employee of the Geological Survey of India, William King George, in 1807.
  2. Araku Valley: This place is 38 kms. from the falls. The Araku Valley is a famous hill station in the district of Visakhapatnam and near to the Orissa border. The best time to visit the place is from February to December. The valley is surrounded by mountains like Galikonda, Raktakonda, Sunkarimetta and Chitamongodi. There are various tribes who live in the valley and they wear colourful costumes.
  3. Ananthagiri Hills: A beautiful place on the way to Araku, the lay of the land and its greenery are magnificent.
  4. Araku Tribal Museum: On the Araku road to Araku Valley, the museum is made of mud and has two levels. There are tribal artifacts and traditional dresses on display. The best time to visit the museum is from October to March.
  5. Tyda Park:  This is also on the way to Araku Valley. It is a small tribal village and visitors can choose to stay in log huts and tents set in tribal environment.
  6. Padmapuram Botanical Gardens: This garden used to provide soldiers with vegetables in the Second World War and hence is a historical park. Now, it is a nursery with exotic plants and flowers and is famous for its collection of roses.
  7. Matsyagundam:  This is considered to be a holy pool with a large variety of fishes. The fishes are not caught by the locals. There is a Shiva temple on the bank and the place comes alive with festivities during Mahashivaratri.
  8. Dumriguda Waterfalls: The slopes of the waterfalls are stacked with silverwood trees and a beautiful place in Araku Valley.

GETTING THERE

The ride from Borra Caves to the waterfalls is on a 7 kms. stretch of rough road. There are jeeps that take visitors to a place one kilometer short of the waterfall. To reach the waterfall, visitors will have to make it on foot. There are jeeps available from Gatevalsa, a village 7 kms. away from the waterfall. Enroute from Visakhapatnam, the place is visible from the train on the left side before the Borra cave railway station. Kataki waterfalls can be reached by travelling on NH5 from Visakhapatnam. The place is 61 kms. from Nad junction. Gatevalsa is one kilometer short of the diversion to Borra Caves and the road meanders off to the waterfalls. The Borra Caves railway station is the nearest. Araku is 38 kms. from the waterfall where there is a railway station. The nearest airport is at Visakhapatnam which is 89.7 kms. away.

ACTIVITIES

The pond at the bottom of the waterfall is an excellent place for taking a bath after a tough trek to the place. Cooking and camping are also permitted at this place. This is also a good place for trekking.

WHEN TO GO

The Waterfall is active only during monsoons  and it does not make sense to go there during summer as it will be bone dry at that time. Summer lasts from March to mid June and the maximum reported temperature is 450C. The monsoon starts from June till September and winter is from November till February when the climate is cool. However, August till December is the best time to visit the waterfall.

 FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

There are no lodgings beside the waterfall but there are small huts that sell marinated chicken in bamboo trunks, that is, if you have the stomach for non vegetarian dishes. Jungle honey is also available near the waterfall. There are hotels and resorts in Araku Valley which suits every visitor’s budget.

 CERTAIN PRECAUTIONS

  1. Visitors are advised not to venture to the waterfall in their own car as the road is shoddy and impassable otherwise than on jeeps.
  2. The waterfall is open on all days from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm. It is also open on National holidays.
  3. While cooking and camping is allowed in the premises of the waterfall, care should be taken to extinguish the fires when it is not necessary
  4. Do not litter and plastic bottles should not be carelessly thrown