Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A visit to Kakolat Waterfalls in Bihar

A visit to Kakolat Waterfalls in Bihar
Once upon a time there was a king. He was arrogant, and definitely a dumb one. He ended up pissing off a Muni (Hindu saint). Yea, that's what idiots do even in movies, right? The Muni was a big shot with super powers. He cursed the king and turned him into a serpent. After living the life of a reptile for quite sometime, the cursed king took an experimental bathe in the water of Kakolat Waterfalls, and guess what... he got rid of the curse and reverted to his native mammalian form! While on parole you're expected to maintain a low profile. But, this king was literally on cloud nine. So, he proclaimed that anyone who would bath in the water of Kakolat will never be reborn as a snake. This is one of the many legends associated with Kakolat Falls, a remote 160 feet high waterfall, sitting beautifully on the lap of Kakolat Hill, located over Bihar-Jharkhand border area, roughly 85 kilometers far from Bodh Gaya. In my travel story on the Barabar Caves, do you remember me mentioning that I was exploring real Bihar on two wheels?
A visit to Kakolat Waterfalls in Bihar
However much I dig such pristine roads, it is undeniable that bad roads highlight poverty of tourist infrastructure.
The ride from Bodh Gaya to Kakolat Waterfalls through NH-82 was comfortable till my wheels touched the variegated tarmac of Akbarpur-Gobindpur Road in the penultimate 12 kilometers of the journey. Sudden transition from a better highway was making the ride feel more miserable. It wasn't psychological either. The road was quite narrow and thoroughly ornamented with deep potholes. If there are potholes on the road, you can try maneuvering your vehicle so as to avoid them, but, when there is a fragmented streak of road meandering through herd of potholes, there's nothing much a driver can do except sharing tears with his beloved engine. The final 5 kilometers were fun to munch though. Wait, I didn't say that the path bettered. As soon as you take the right diversion to catch the Thali-Kakolat Road, you get to experience unadulterated off-roading! Riders who love their machines would ride very slowly so as to minimize the damage and covering this 5+ kilometers can easily take good 30 minutes. The pebbled track is untamed, yet very scenic as it passes through woods and villages. However much I dig such pristine roads, it is undeniable that bad roads highlight poverty of tourist infrastructure. There were evidences of prospective road construction but deadlines seemed to have extincted even before it all started.
A visit to Kakolat Waterfalls in Bihar
You have to ascend a flight of stairs to get a glimpse of the waterfall.
I do not know if it was soon enough but after hauling the bike for good butt-felt period, the path broadened as I arrived in front of the concrete gateway to Kakolat Falls. Crowd was thin I understood, as there was a single SUV in the parking space. You've to ascend a flight of stairs from there to get a glimpse of the waterfall. Renovation of the staircase was in progress and I cautiously made my way up while smelling the familiar jungle air and listening to the sweet burble of the covert stream.
A visit to Kakolat Waterfalls in Bihar
The high water column of the waterfall forms a natural reservoir below where tourists love taking bathes.
As I took the last step, the soothing view of a gurgling Kakolat Falls against the backdrop of stones and mosses captivated my mind. The high water column of the waterfall forms a natural reservoir below where tourists love taking bathes. The water was surprisingly chilled and inviting. I wish I had another pair of clothes! The caretaker further told me that the water of Kakolat Waterfalls get cooler during summer months. Annually, a fair is held at Kakolat for 3 days during the time of Chaitra Sankranti, when countless devotees and tourists from different parts of Bihar flock there to worship the presiding deity and take holy dips. It is believed that the water of Kakolat has medicinal value to cure almost any ailment. Beliefs can't be rationalized and shouldn't be either.
A visit to Kakolat Waterfalls in Bihar
The presiding deity in the form of Goddess Kali looks scary enough to trigger your supernatural fantasies in a moonless night.
Other than me there were hardly 6-7 tourists. I grabbed the caretaker's chair and kept watching the waterfall in her spring time glory. There are a couple (may be more) of hilly trails originating from the side of the temple but those paths have been kept closed for the safety of tourists. The presiding deity in the form of Goddess Kali looks scary enough to trigger your supernatural fantasies in a moonless night. Nearby people prefer this place as their picnic destination and there lies the misery. Plastic wrappers and papers littered the surrounding area like cancer cells in a human body!
A visit to Kakolat Waterfalls in Bihar
Kakolat is neither massive, nor an exquisitely picturesque one.
Although I kept clicking photos of the sparsely populated landscape, lighting conditions weren't really ideal at 11 AM. It was nearing noon and there were other destinations to be covered. As a part of postal department's humble gesture to capture the beauty of few renowned waterfalls of India, postage stamps with the picture of Kakolat Falls were launched in 2003. Kakolat is neither massive, nor an exquisitely picturesque one. But this waterfall has something which words can not describe (may be, the appeal of nature at its crudest form). Pay a visit to Kakolat Waterfalls someday and let me know if you enjoyed being there. Other than driving from Patna or Bodh Gaya, Kakolat is also reachable through its nearest railhead, Koderma. Obviously, winter should be your lucky time to visit. Happy traveling and take good care my friends!
A visit to Kakolat Waterfalls in Bihar
Ascending the stairs while smelling the familiar jungle air & listening to the sweet burble of the covert stream is an experience in itself!

8 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous waterfall! Awesome pics as well :)

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    1. Truly, Kakolat was much pristine than many other falls I had visited. Unfortunately it was not the good time of the day to hunt warm shots. Thanks for the visit Tes :-)

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  2. Nice clicks and well written post. The legend about the falls seems interesting.

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    1. Thanks Gowthama... Legends are always delicious to our ears, aren't they?

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  3. Beautiful waterfall... Treat to eyes :)

    click me

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    1. Thanks Madhuri!
      Please visit again :-)

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  4. Wanderlust,wanderlove,waterfalls,waterfall..all are related. Waterfall- it's so cool and crystal clear,cleanses the heart,so soothing. Lovely!

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    1. Waterfall is cooler when it is least infested with tourists :-/

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