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.
The beautiful Aruvi Waterfalls is 60 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram and 7 kms away from Bonecaud estate 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, from there the Kanni tribesmen show the way to trekkers along the mountain path. Permission from the forest department is required for approaching the area.
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. Palaruvi means “milk waterfall”, and literally so. The enchanting Palaruvi waterfall, gushes down from a magnanimous height of 300 feet and is joined by several smaller cascades as it falls down into a huge pool below. This pool is ideal for swimming and is a popular tourist destination. There are ruins of ancient temples on the rocky mountain ranges nearby.
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.
Kombaikani and Meenmutti Waterfalls
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.
This beautiful picnic spot where streams tinkle as they make their way through the landscape and waters roar as they cascade down the mountains from a height of 100 ft. is 2 kms down a mud lane from Kumarakom. Tourists can also enjoy the shade of the rubber plantations here.
Located between Munnar and Pallivasal, Attukal is excellent for trekking. The beautiful Attukal waterfall offers a lovely respite for the weary traveller.
The Nyayamkad waterfall is located at a distance of 10 kilometers from Munnar. Fresh, cool spring waters cascade down the hillock from an amazing height of about 1,600 meters. This is a famous picnic spot.
Power House Waterfalls
This waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar (18 kms from Munnar) cascades down a steep rock 2000 m above sea level. The spot is enriched with the scenic western mountain ranges, and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady.
Also known as the Valanjamkanam waterfall, the Kesari waterfall lies between Kuttikanam and Murinjapuzha. This waterfall is famous for its calmness and the silence of the mountain range through which it flows.
The Maramala waterfall is near the town of Eerattupetta and one has to trek through a rocky, mountainous cliff to get there. The waterfall cascades from a height of 60 meters and falls down to meet the Teekoy river.
Cheeyappara and Valara Waterfalls
These two beautiful waterfalls are located near Kochi and comprise a chain of waterfalls amid dense green jungles. The Cheeyappara waterfall descends symmetrically in seven steps. Needless to say, these two spots are popular with most tourists visiting Kerala.
Thommankutthu is famous for its numerous waterfalls. This place is ideal for natural lovers as the seven-step waterfall here is a much loved picnic spot. 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. Thommankuth is situated at 74 kms from Cochin. There are buses from Thodupuzha, which is 18 kms away from Thommankuth. Hotels and restaurants are available at Thodupuzha.
Mulamkuzhi is a small village about 15 kilometers from Malayattur. The river Mulamkuzhi flows through the nearby mountain ranges and cascades into a huge waterfall with sweet water. The Venanbravady waterfall near Malayattur is also worth visiting.
Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls
Athirapally and Vazachal are the most famous waterfalls of Kerala which attract tourists in plenty. This waterfalls is 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).
The Dhoni waterfall is a 3-hour trek uphill from the foot of the Dhoni hills, 15 kilometers from Palakkad. The waterfall is surrounded by a thick reserve forest that adds to the beauty and serenity of the place.
This waterfall is located at a distance of 8 kilometers from the Thuppanad junction. The waterfall gushes down from a height of 20 to 25 feet and there are several small 10-tiered waterfalls that join together to fall into a clear pool below. The higher tiers are almost inaccessible.
Lying 50kms east of Kozhikode, Thusharagiri is a little tribal tourist spot in Kerala. Tow 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.50 kilometers east of Kozhikode are the Tusharagiri waterfalls, bordering the tribal village of Tusharagiri. The entire place is full of dense foliage and rocky hillocks, and besides the waterfalls, Tusharagiri is also a trekker’s paradise.
30 meters in height, the Kanthanpara waterfall lies 12 kilometers to the southeast of Kalpetta and offers a grand view of the mountain range through which it cascades down.
This is a very violent waterfall, which falls from a huge cliff that is ideal for rock climbing. A 3-tiered cascade, one can reach the Soochipara waterfall by walking (around 2 km) through the dense Wayanad forest.
Meenmutty Waterfalls has a cascading waterfall in three tiers, from a height of 500 metres. It is located 12kms east of Meppadi
The Chethalayam waterfall is about 12 kilometers from Sulthan Bathery. This breathtakingly beautiful waterfall is not easily accessible and one has to trek almost 4 kilometers to catch a glimpse of its crystal clear waters.
Sentinel Rock Waterfall
The Sentinel Rock waterfall is a 3-tiered waterfall, falling from a height of over 200 meters. The rocky area around the waterfall is ideal for rock climbing. The waterfall cascades down into a large pool, where tourists indulge in sports like white water rafting.