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KERALA WATERFALLS

Kerala, the land of coconuts is famous the world over for its alluring scenery, beautiful lagoons, breathtaking lush mountain regions, carpets of spice and tea plantations, excellent sandy beaches and the irresistible charm of its cascading, gorgeous waterfalls. The most admirable Waterfalls of Kerala are Athirapally Waterfalls, Vazhachal Waterfalls, Soochipara Waterfalls, Palaruvi waterfalls, Power House waterfalls, Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls, Perumthenaruvi waterfalls, Cheeyappara Waterfall, etc. There are around 20 small and big waterfalls across Kerala. Swift and sometimes torrential, waterfalls are dramatic, inspiring poets, painters and writers and their breath taking beauty evokes many feelings. They are motivating and addictive. If you are looking forward to a respite from the maddening city life then let yourself loose in the lap of the nature and feel and enjoy the beauty of the cascading waterfalls. Travel through the most relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of Kerala and relish yourself with the beauty of lush greenery, mystic peaks, cascading showers, brackish lakes and above all charming waterfalls. Kerala is the ‘Home of the monsoons’ and is mostly covered with dark wreath of monsoons clouds.

ERNAKULAM WATERFALLS


Mulamkuzhi Waterfalls: Mulamkuzhi a tiny village nearly 15kms from Malayattur. The crystal clear medicated water of the River Mulamkuzhi and the waterfalls of Venanbravady near Malayattur is an enchanting sight. There is also a confluence of the rivers Periyar and Perumthode. It is a picturesque location from where one can get relief from there daily life.

IDUKKI WATERFALLS


Attukal Waterfall: Attukal Waterfall is located between Munnar and Pallivasal, and a marvelous sight of waterfalls with alluring rolling hills. Attukal is also ideal for long treks.

Cheeyappara Waterfall: Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located between Narimangalam and Adimali on the Kochi-Munnar highway. The Cheeyapara waterfalls cascade down in seven steps. It is a real feast for the eyes. Valara waterfalls are 10 km from Adimali on the Kochi - Munnar highway. Valara has a chain of waterfalls surrounded by thick green forests. This is also a great place for trekking. It is noted for two acres of evergreen forests upon a huge rock. The rock is more than 500 acres in area and an ideal spot for mountaineering.

Nyayamkad Waterfall: Nyayamkad Waterfall is 10 Kms from Munnar, located between Munnar and Rajamala Nyamkad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The Waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 meters, the enchanting surrounding make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.

Power House Waterfall: This waterfall is 18 Km from Munnar, this waterfall is on the way to Thekkady from Munnar, which cascades down to step rock 2000m above sea level. The spot is enriched which the scenic western mountain range and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary.

Thommankuthu Waterfall: This place is ideal for natural lovers as the seven-step waterfall here is a much loved picnic spot. It is 28 km from Thodupuzha is Thommankutthu, which is famous for its numerous waterfalls. At each step, there is a cascade and a pool beneath to enjoy the panoramic beauty; the best way is to undertake a trek that takes one to the top of the mountain, a 12 km. climb. Thommankuthu is an ideal place for adventure tourism. To enjoy the panoramic beauty the best way is to undertake a trek that takes one to the top of the mountain, a nearly 12 kms climb. The 'Chitrakoodam' project aims at installing essential and basic facilities here. Boating can be arranged in the serene lake and fishing, together with horse riding in the valleys and adventure sports. A marvelous wonder of the nature, the seven-step waterfall here is a much-loved picnic spot. At each step there is a cascade and a pool beneath.

KOZHIKODE (CALICUT) WATERFALLS


Thusharagiri Waterfall: Lying 50kms east of Kozhikode, Thusharagiri is a little tribal tourist spot in Kerala. Meaning the snow capped mountains; Thushargiri exhibits a unique kinship between the land and water. Two streams originating from the Western Ghats meet here to form the River Challipuzha. The river diverges into three waterfalls, creating a snowy spray, which gives the name 'Thusharagiri' which means 'snowy peak'. A 5km trek upstream will take one to the stream's origin. Of the three waterfalls, the highest is the Thenpara that drops 75 metres below. The three waterfalls on the backdrop of the Western Ghats provide an exhilarating and spellbinding sight to the visitor. The best roar of the waterfalls can be enjoyed from September to November. The waterfall with its gentle spray is sure to soothe every eye. The cascading waters of the waterfall slides past with surfy smiles. The place offers challenging trekking and rock-climbing through river path and numerous waterfalls. There is another dam at 60 km from Calicut. It is a place of beauty, calm, and serenity. The place has a crocodile farm run by the state forest department.

KOTTAYAM WATERFALLS


Kesari Waterfalls: The Kesari waterfalls, also known as Valanjamkanam falls, lies between Kuttikanam and Murinjapuzha on the Kottayam-Kumaly route. Valanjamkanam is a 3 hr. journey from Kottayam by any bus to Kumaly; trek to Kuttikanan offers additional adventurous spirit and closeness to nature.

Maramala Waterfall: This lies a few kms away from Eerattupetta. It is exactly 7 kms from Teekoy rubber estate. From here a private vehicle can take you further 2 kms after which the road is not motor able. To reach the falls one has to trek through the estate over the rocky path. The waterfall is about 60 metres in height, falling into a 12-meter deep pool and joins the River Teekoy way down.

PALAKKAD (PALGHAT) WATERFALLS


Dhoni Waterfall: A Dhoni waterfall is a 3 hours trek from the base of the Dhoni Hills. A thick reserve forest surrounds it. Dhoni is about 15 kms from Palakkad. There is a splendid waterfall among other captivating sights. It can be reached only after a fairly long climb of 3 hrs from the base of the Dhoni hills.

Meenvallam Waterfall: A Meenvallam waterfall is around 8kms from Thuppanad junction on the Palakkad- Manarkkad route. It is a combination of enchanting beauty and scenic splendor. The water falls from nearly 20 to 25 feet and the depth is around 15-20 feet. There are 10 steps of waterfalls of which eight are located in the upper hills inside the dense forest. They are inaccessible, only the remaining two steps are accessible. One has to hire a jeep from Koomankund junction and then trek a distance of 1.5 km by crossing the river Thuppanad.

PATHANAMTHITTA WATERFALLS


Perumthenaruvi Waterfall: Perumthenaruvi is a famous waterfall on the banks of the River Pamba. Here, the water flows down a rocky bed into a ravine 60 to 100 feet deep. The place is a favourite picnic spot for both domestic and foreign tourists. Perumthenaruvi is a beautiful natural waterfall and an ideal place of tourism. Perumthenaruvi, a 100ft high Waterfall is located 16 km away from Tiruvalla. Tourists can reach this place via Erumeli and Ranni from Pathanamthitta. The 'Charalkunnu' Waterfall is near to Perumthenaruvi. One can experience a panoramic view of the low lying areas including river Pamba from here. There is a camp house with dormitories here. Here, the water flows down a rocky bed into a ravine, sixty to on hundred feet deep.

QUILON (KOLLAM) WATERFALLS


Palaruvi Waterfalls: This waterfall falls in the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu. Its access is 35 kilometers east of Punalur on the Quilon - Shenkottah road. It is near Ariankavu mountain pass. 5 kilometers away is the spectacular Palaruvi waterfall at an attitude of 300 ft. with smaller cascades nearby. Palaruvi which stands for stream of milk is the name of Kerala's one of the most fascinating waterfalls. Take a tour to Palaruvi and enjoy one of the most beautiful waterfalls in God's own country Kerala. Cascading its way from 300 feet, the Palaruvi waterfall is a beautiful sight. A favorite picnic spot for the tourists, the journey to Palaruvi amidst the greenery of Western Ghats is a breathtaking experience. There you can see ruins of ancient temples. The water is said to be medicated as it flows down from the forest and is said to be a preventive for many diseases.

TRICHUR WATERFALLS (THRISSUR)


Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls: East of Chalakudy, near the entrance of the Sholayar forest ranges are the beautiful waterfalls of Athirapally and Vazhachal, 5 kms apart. Athirapally and Vazachal are the most famous waterfalls of Kerala which attract tourists in plenty. These waterfalls are also in the forest area. This falls is 90 km from Kochi. The two scenic waterfalls on the edge of the Sholayar forest ranges are 5 km apart. The Athirappalli Falls joins the Chalakkudy river, plummeting to 80 feet. Vazhachal is part of Chalakkudy River. Cascading down against the backdrop of thick forest terrain, they are a scintillating sight. One can find frequents buses to Athirappally from Chalakudy-40 km from Cochin on the Thrissur route. Athirappally is 77 km north of Cochin (Kochi).

TRIVANDRUM WATERFALLS


Aruvi Waterfalls: The beautiful Waterfall is 60 kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 7 kms from Bonecaud estate are the beautiful Aruvi Waterfalls in the Peppara forest range. This four feet cascade is one of the most verdant and untouched spots in Kerala. Road accessibility is only up to Bonecaud, there on; the Kanni tribesmen accompany trekkers along the mountain path. Prior permission from the forest department is required before approaching the area.

Kombaikani and Meenmutti Waterfalls: These are two magnificent waterfalls on the upper reaches of the Neyyar Reservoir. A trek of 2 kms through dense forests, would take one to Meenmutti waterfalls and a further 2 kms, to the Kombaikani waterfalls. The waterfalls and forecasts around them are worth experiencing. The upper slopes of the Neyyar reservoir house these two very beautiful waterfalls. These waterfalls can be reached by trekking a distance of 2 kilometers through the thick forests around the reservoir.

WATERFALLS IN WAYANAD


Chethalayam Waterfalls: Chethalayam Waterfalls is located 12kms from Sultan Bathery. One has to trek around 4kms from Chethalayam for having a glimpse of this lovely waterfall.

Kanthanpara Waterfalls: This waterfall is about 30 m in height and gives a panoramic view. It is located 12 kms southeast of Kalpetta. The waterfall is surrounded on both sides by beautiful tea gardens. This magnificent 99 ft cataract is an ideal spot for a day-long picnic. The nearest railway station is at Kozhikode. Calicut Airport is the closest airport.

Meenmutty Waterfalls: Meenmutty Waterfalls has a cascading waterfall in three tiers, from a height of 500 metres. It is located 12kms east of Meppadi.

Sentinal Rock Water Fall: Sentinal Rock Water Fall is 22kms at Soochipara near Meppadi, south of Kalpetta. A three step water fall of more than 200m in height with a fantastic scenery provides for white water rafting, swimming, bathing, etc., The tree top huts at Soochipara will give unique view of the valleys of Western Ghats. It is also an ideal place for rock climbing.

Soochipara Waterfalls: Soochipara Waterfalls is located 22 kms from Hotel Green Gates. One can reach the waterfalls only after a 2-km walk into the dense equatorial forest of Wayanad. The three-tiered waterfalls in Soochipara, Wayanad District cascade down from a height of 100 to 300 feet, offering a breathtaking sight. Here one can enjoy water rafting, swimming and bathing in the pool below. A highlight is the tree-top huts from which one can have a spectacular view of the valleys of the Western Ghats and the glimmering shallow waters of the surrounding springs.
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