Waterfalls In Kerala

Athirappally & Vazhachal Waterfalls

Athirappally waterfalls is proclaimed by tourists all over the world as the most scenic place in Kerala. The tranquil beauty of this region will definitely enamor every nature lover. It is the frequently visited and the most favorite picnic spot in Kerala. Athirappally Waterfalls is located at about a distance of 78 km from Cochin, the near by metro city. It is exactly located at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges. The journey through the Athirappally road that leads to your dream destinations, the Athirappally Waterfalls, itself will gift you with many breath taking and fascinating sceneries. The Chalakkudy river slides smoothly on one side of the Athirappally road while the majestic Arecanut trees are on the other side to refresh you with their cool breeze.

At the end of the journey, you can witness the transformation of the serene river, which plunges down into the deep abyss and forming rushing bubbles of water. This is such an alluring sight that you will forget your whole existence for at least a moment being yourself absorbed in the enchanting Kerala beauty. This beautiful waterfall is situated in a serene deep forest that further enhances its beauty. The positive vibrations that you can derive from the Athirappally waterfalls will no doubt refresh your tired spirits rejuvenating your body and soul. The surrounding rain forests are blessed with many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. If you are a true nature tour lover who enjoys the eternal beauty of the evergreen nature, then this will be your dream world.

The Vazhachal Waterfalls is just a five-kilometer drive form the Athirappally Waterfalls. It also a part of the Chalakkudy river. Near the Vazhachal Waterfalls, you can get valuable samples of herbs, honey and herbal soaps at a low price at the Moolika Vanitha Swasraya Samithi. Those who love the delicious Kerala food can satisfy their appetite by enjoying the ethnic Kerala backwaters food like idiyappam, fish molee and fish biriyani at the canteen in the surrounding area of the Vazhachal waterfalls. You can also buy many curios form the roadside vendors .There is an old Indian belief that one should not return from a waterfall empty handed. These scintillating waterfalls will definitely erase all the worries and troubles of your present world with their charisma.

Palaruvi Waterfalls

About 4 km from Aryankavu, Palaruvi is a slender thread of water hurtling down from a height of about 300 feet. Situated 75 km from Kollam town on Kollam-Shencottai road, this area was once a retreat for the Maharajas of Travancore. Palaruvi, which literally means 'stream of milk' collects in a little pool below, where visitors are allowed to take a dip. The remnants of yesteryear grandeur in the form of 'mandapams' and a stable can still be seen here. To get to the falls, one has to trek through narrow paths that run through the woods. Covered with dense tropical forests, the scenic beauty of the place enhanced by hills, valleys and cascades, is breathtaking. A sought-after picnic spot, the Palaruvi Falls is managed by the local community and is best visited after the summer months.

Besides bathing in the delightful waterfall, trekking is the main activity at Palaruvi which attracts a lot of tourists. Palaruvi Trekking (7 am to 2 pm) - Covering 5 km, this trek to the top of the fall and back, covering streams, ancient caves, evergreen forests and reed breaks of the upper reaches will take about 3 hours. A minimum of 5 trekkers is required at the time of trekking.

Kurishumala Trekking (7 am and 11 am) - A distance of 8 km will be covered during this six-hour trek which involves climbing up to the top of the fall, crossing streams, caves, evergreen forests and reed breaks of the upper reaches of the fall. Visit to the special habitat of the endemic and endangered Chenkurinji (Gluta travancorica) in its natural setting through Vilakkumaram-Rajacoupe up to the state border gives a glimpse of the neighbouring Tamil Nadu. A minimum of 5 trekkers is required at the time of trekking.

Situated 75 km from Kollam town on Kollam-Shencottai Road, Palaruvi is about 4 km from Aryankavu.

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls

Seemingly in the bosom of the rubber plantation of Kumarakom is this picturesque spot where a 100-foot (30 meters) waterfall cascades in numerous streams through jagged rocks. This site of exquisite beauty called 'Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls', is about 18 kilometers (11.25 miles) from Kottayam town and 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) along a sludge track from Kumarakom. Here brooks gurgle as they flow through the lush rubber vegetation, and the water roars down the mountain from such a height. Aruvikkuzhi is a popular picnic spot and is not missed by any traveler to Kumarakom. Stroll through the rubber wilderness, and photograph the streams and the waterfall from different perspectives. Surrounded by immense greenery, the cool mountain breeze fills your hungry lungs and rejuvenates your body and soul.

On the same day you can plan a trip to Pathiramanal or Sands of Midnight, an enchanting island on Vembanad Lake which can be accessed by boat from here. Pathiramanal is a picturesque 10 acre island on the backwaters, home to a diverse array of migratory birds from different parts of the world.

Thommankuthu Waterfalls

If you are a nature lover or an adventure seeker, Thommankuthu is just the right place in Kerala. 20 km away from Thodupuzha, this site draws the attention of several tourists. The exhilarating beauty of Thommankuthu waterfalls captures the heart and soul of every traveler.

Thommankuthu waterfall is a beautiful seven-step waterfall offering salubrious weather. Amidst verdure foliage, this shimmering waterfall is a perfect place to spend time in the lap of nature. Thommankuthu waterfall tours will allow tourist to savor the wild beauty of forest and stream. Tours to Thommankuthu Waterfalls in Kerala with Kerala Travel Tourism truly has something for everyone. If you are looking for an adventurous vacation, Thommankuthu waterfall tours offer all the adventure you can handle.

This exotic place is congenial for trekking or mountain climbing. Tourists looking for adventure can trek the mountain, which is around 12 km of climbing. Since there are no accommodation facilities available at this site, tourists can enjoy only one-day tours. Tourists can also enjoy boating on the lake. Fishing and horse riding are other options available in this pleasant valley.

Mankayam Waterfalls

Mankayam is situated at Idinjar Falls in Palode in Nedumangad Taluk of Thiruvananthapuram District. The Mankayam River, a tributary of Chittar, flows through this scenic tourist spot. Situated at an elevation of around 500 m above sea level, the fertile soil here has yielded lush foliage that houses interesting species of flora. The entire area from Mankayam to Kalakkayam covers a long stretch of forest vegetation on the banks of the Mankayam River. The undulating terrain with rocky patches shelters the Kalakkayam Waterfall, one of the biggest falls in this area.

Visits to picturesque spots and treks ranging from soft to hard adventure are possible here. The ecotourism zone extending from Mankayam to Kurisadi is about 1 km and covered with luxuriant vegetation of diverse forest types. Shrubs to gigantic and lofty trees of evergreen and semi-evergreen grasslands are found here. Just 20 m from the main road is the Kurisadi Ghat which is an excellent spot for bathing.

Powerhouse Falls, Munnar

If you are driving towards the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady, you will come across the scintillating Power House Waterfalls. A mere 18 kms from Munnar, this spot is surrounded by the verdant western mountain ranges. The roar of the waterfalls is truly a magnificent sound, soon after the Indian monsoons. A delightful spot to visit if you wish to just relax and chill out.

The cool waters that rush down steep rocks from a height of 2000 meters is said to emanate from Devikulam. Legend has it that 'Sita Devi Kulam' near Devikulam was the bathing place of 'Sita', wife of Lord 'Rama' from the great Indian epic – Ramayana. Locals strong believe in the medicinal and curing powers of the waterfall which they say acts as a natural massage and has curing properties.