With a height of 82 m (270 feet) falling deep into the valley from a cliff, Talakona waterfall is the highest waterfall in the Andhra Pradesh state and it is situated in Sri Venkateswara National Park, Chittoor District. Lord Siddeswara Swamy Temple lies in this region and is very close to the falls, People who visit the Talakona will offer prayers here to Siddeswara, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. During Shivarathri festival, this ancient Siva temple is flooded with devotees. There are also deep caves where it is believed that sages lived for some years meditating.
The region is blessed by amazing nature with magnificent waterfalls, green dense forests and wildlife. The serene atmosphere here gives excellent relief to tourists. With rich variety of flora and fauna, Talakona was declared as a biosphere reserve during 1989-90. It hosts rare and endangered species of wildlife, Panther, Slender Loris, Indian Giant Squirrel, Mouse Deer, Golden Gecko, Porcupine, Chital and Sambar etc are found here. The wide variety of flora includes Red Sander, Cycas beddomeii, Enteda, Sandalwood trees and giant plants. Talakona is also covered with herbal plants.
Spread at a height of about 35-40 feet height and 240 meter long, there is a long canopy rope way which gives amazing experience to the visitors. Big tress, birds and monkey will accompany you during walk. A stream flows near the canopy rope way, a bathing ghat is under construction here. Talakona Mountains are believed to be the starting point of the Seshachalam (Tirumala) mountain ranges. A long trek in dense forest and rocky terrain path leads to the top of the hill.