Decoding the gorgeous shooting locales of Baahubali

May 15, 2017

It is one of the biggest movies the nation has ever seen – big in every sense. Right from its scale of production, fan following, box office numbers to the film revenues – Baahubali has wow’ed us from the start. Here is a blog dedicated to our traveller souls who are also Baahubali fans – a list of the idyllic locations where the movie was shot :

Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, Telangana

This is where a major chunk of both the Baahubali movies were filmed. Elaborate, realistic sets were created especially for the film. Apparently building these sets took more than a year and the results of their hard efforts can be seen in the film.
Here’s an interesting fact – RFC is the largest film city in the world! Since it is a really huge place, you can opt for a Film city tour, sit in one of the vintage bus and traverse through the same lanes that your favourite stars once did. It’s is a fun place to visit especially if you are travelling in a group. If you are lucky, you might even be able to high-five with some of the top artists visiting the place. 

baahubali at ramojiImage Source : The Hindu

How to get there:

RFC is located about 30 kms from Hyderabad. Preferably book your own transport or the Ramoji City tour bus. Try not to depend on the public transport that is erratic during the late hours.

Also in the vicinity:

It actually takes an entire day (or two) to cover the place, so planning something on the same day would be hectic, hence not recommended.

 

Athirapally Waterfalls, Thrissur, Kerala

Remember that waterfall that took your breath away the first time you saw it? The iconic location that is incidentally our hero’s favourite hangout spot in the movie? That gorgeous waterfall is located in God’s own country – Kerala and is known as the Athirapally Waterfalls. It is aptly called as the Indian Niagara falls. Getting your face sprayed by the mist from the waterfall might sound ‘filmy’ but is highly recommended. You can trek down this 80ft waterfall to absorb every inch of the majestic water body. Even though it might be a bit crowded, it is absolutely worth it. Entering the river is usually discouraged because it is very slippery.

bahubali @ athirapally

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How to get there:

By rail – Chalakudy railway station (30 kms), Thrissur (55 kms), Ernakulam (70 kms) . From Chalakudy/Thrissur you can opt for private transport/ public bus service
By Air: Cochin International Airport (55 kms)

Also in the vicinity:

Two equally stunning waterfalls are situated nearby – Charpa falls and Vazhachal Falls.  You can even opt for a Jungle safari into the tropical forests of the Sholayar ranges.

 

Rock Garden’s, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

This is where it all began: Kurnool rock gardens – famed for its exquisite rock formations. You will be awed by these megalithic structures and the dainty stream that flows through these rock formations adding to the charm. Many tourists climb up the rocks to the highest point to get a panoramic view of the place. Evenings are the best time to visit this place because of the pleasing, cool breeze that blow then.  But make sure you wind up your tour before 7pm, since the place is not very well lit.bahubali at kurnool

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How to get there:

By road – located on NH-18 highway, outside the village of Orvakal.
By rail – located 23 km from the Kurnool railway station.

Also in the vicinity:

Belum Caves, Rollapadu wildlife sanctuary

 

Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

This is one of Mumbaikars’ and Punekars’ favourite weekend destinations. This natural beauty is located in the Western Ghats and provided the gorgeous mountainous backdrop that is seen in the Baahubali movie. Some of the must visit locations while you are here are the Panchaganga temple (that receives water from 5 rivers), Krishnabai temple and popular viewpoints like Wilson point (offers spectacular views of both the sunrise & sunset), Kate’s point, Three monkey point, Arthur’s seat point etc.  If you plan your trip during the cold season, you can sample the famous, juicy Mahabaleshwar strawberries.

bahubali @ mahabaleshwar

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How to get there:

By road – Connected by the NH4.
By rail – the nearest railway stations are Satara (60km), Pune (120 km), Miraj (170 km)

Also in the vicinity:

Pratapgad – a fort built by Shivaji, Lingmala waterfalls – source to the Venna lake in Mahableshwar.

 

Kannur, Kerala

This charming coastal district is located in the northern part of Kerala. It is known as the land of Looms and Lores because of it weaving industry and is also famous for ‘Theyyam’. In Kannur there is an adorable hamlet – Kannavam that made headines for being a part of the Baahubali movie. Rajamouli and his entourage were seen in the forests of Kannavam shooting for a scene of the epic movie. A walk in this majestic, lush forest is a fantastic way to shake off worries and recharge one’s inner child.

bahubali at kannur

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How to reach :

By air – Calicut airport, Mangalore airport. The Kannur airport itself is ready though yet to begin commercial operations
By rail – Kannur railway station
By road – NH 66 or Thalassery-Coorg-Mysore interstate highway

In the vicinity :

Velumbath Makham, Kolappa waterfalls, Aralam wildlife sanctuary, St Angelo’s Fort, Shri Rajarajeshwara temple, V Pra Kaayal park, Payyambalam beach, Muzhappilangad drive-in beach

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