Mallela Theertham Waterfall

Beautiful waterfalls flowing down through heavy rocks amid forest lands are a visual treat, and the state of Telangana is known for charming waterfalls. Visiting waterfalls that can take hardly a few hours to reach can be an ideal weekend escape, especially for those longing for adventures. 

Mallela Theertham is a stunning waterfall that sees a good number of footfalls each day. It is located in the Nallamala forest area close to Nagar Kurnool district. This waterfall is 60 kms away from Srisailam and180 kms away from Hyderabad. It is on the way to Srisailam – Hyderabad route. 

After reaching the parking area at Mallela Theertham, you need to walk for about 1km to reach the waterfall. There are approximately 350 steps that take you up to the waterfall. All your efforts that bring exhaustion by getting to the waterfalls will be rewarded with a beautiful waterfall that flows down from a height of 150 feet with a gushing sound.

You feel amazed to see water falling from such a high cliff onto the rocks that are in the shape of Shiva Linga.

Why Visit Mallela Theertham

The view of the waterfall within the dense forest is eye-relishing, and the surrounding gives you a unique experience. It is the perfect place to burst out the stress and give you all enthusiasm to enjoy with family and relax on nature’s lap. 

A walk through the forest gives you the view of lush green lands, pure sounds of nature, and fresh air rejuvenates one’s body and mind. You can not only enjoy watching the waterfall from the top view but can reach its foot to play in the cool water when the water flow is moderate. For the remaining time, the pool in the lower area of the waterfall is closed on all sides. During summer, it said tigers come to the down streams to quench their thirst.


It is believed that many sages performed penances here for the Lord Shiva. Therefore, the pristine waters from a small stream flow through the thick forest cover to reach the Krishna River are considered sacred.

Mallela Theertham History

Best time to visit:

October to February is the best time to visit this place. Besides that, winter is the perfect season to enjoy the best the place offers. However, it is not safe to plan a trip to Mallela Theertham during the rainy season because of the slippery muddy road you need to walk up to view the waterfall.

You better be extra careful when planning to travel with children and older people. Rain would make the way up to the waterfall slippery in monsoon. 

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You find a few food outlets that can provide some snack items, but the food is expensive. So, it is good to carry some food and a water bottle. 

Nearby Places to Visit

To spend time in the house of spirituality, you can visit Srisailam Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, which is at a distance of 60 kms from the waterfall. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is the state’s most prominent and crowded tourist place. 


Going to Mallela Theertham is an ideal weekend trip. Adults and children will have great time watching and playing near the waterfall. Definitely, you get to relax spending time in the palace surrounded by forest. The natural sounds you hear in the forest on your walk to the waterfall will thrill you.

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Sushma Nagaraju

Sushma Nagaraju is a working journalist with a postgraduate degree in media studies who is passionate about discovering underrated travel destinations.