Ethipothala Waterfalls is a beautiful mountain stream flowing down the hills. In Telugu, “Ethipothala” means “to lift and pour”. It is located about 11 km from Nagarjuna Sagar Dam in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh.
The waterfall is formed with the combination of three streams namely Chandravanka Vagu, Nakkala Vagu and Tummala Vagu, all are the side streams of River Krishna. The water at this meeting point of three streams falls from a height of 70 feet forming a small lake at its foot. This lake houses the crocodile breeding centre which is now managed by the Forest Department of Andhra Pradesh. It is also opened for the public to see these water beasts from very close. The stream of water then flows on through a valley. After flowing for 3 km, this stream joins River Krishna again.
There are two temples in close vicinity to the waterfalls, dedicated to Ranganadha Swami and Dattatreya Swami. You can also see some caves near to the waterfalls. It is believed that these caves lead the way to Srisailam, the holy abode of Bhramarambika Mallikarjuna Swami. The peaceful and soothing atmosphere in which Ethipothala Waterfalls are located, gives the travellers a pleasant experience of their visit. Towards sunset, these waterfalls are illuminated with colourful lights. This beautiful scene is definitely worth-seeing. It is also an ideal spot for trekking, camping and nature lovers.
This waterfall is now among the rising tourist attractions of Andhra Pradesh and is frequently visited by foreigners. It is also close to major Buddhist sites which attracts more tourists to this region.