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Waterfalls in Kerala

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.

Aruvi Waterfalls

Aruvi waterfalls

Aruvi waterfalls

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.

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. 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 :
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.

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls

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.

Attukal Waterfall

Located between Munnar and Pallivasal, Attukal is excellent for trekking. The beautiful Attukal waterfall offers a lovely respite for the weary traveller.

Nyayamkad Waterfall

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.

Kesari Waterfall

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.

Maramala Waterfall

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.

Thommankuth Eco tourist centre

Thommankuth Eco tourist centre

Thommankuth Waterfalls

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 Waterfall

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

Athirappalli Falls

Athirappalli Falls

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.

Athirappalli Waterfalls

Athirappalli Waterfalls

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).

Dhoni Waterfall

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.

Meenvallam Waterfall

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.

Thusharagiri :

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.

Kanthanpara Waterfall

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.

Soochipara Waterfalls

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, Wayanad

Meenmutty Waterfalls, Wayanad

Meenmutty Waterfalls

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

Chethalayam Waterfall

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.

Kerala – God’s Own Country

God’s Own Country

Kerala, situated on the lush and tropical Malabar Coast,, enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia. Fondly referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala was selected by the National Geographic Traveler as one of the 50 destinations of a lifetime and one of the thirteen paradises in the world. Its unique culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demographics, has made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Growing at a rate of 13.31%, the state’s tourism industry is a major contributor to the state’s economy.

Tourist spots

Houseboat sailing in Alappuzha

 

Popular attractions in the state include the beaches at Kovalam, Cherai, Varkala,Kappad, Muzhappilangad and Bekal; the hill stations of Munnar, Nelliampathi, Ponmudi and Wayanad; and national parks and wildlife sanctuaries at Periyar and Eravikulam National Park. The “backwaters” region, which comprises an extensive network of interlocking rivers, lakes, and canals that centre on Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom, and Punnamada (where the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held in August), also see heavy tourist traffic. Heritage sites, such as the Padmanabhapuram Palace and the Mattancherry Palace, are also visited.

An equable climate, serene beaches, tranquil stretches of backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife are the major attractions of this land. A unique advantage of Kerala is that most of the destinations here are only a two – four hour drive from the other.

Flora and Fauna


Much of Kerala’s notable biodiversity is concentrated and protected in the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve in the eastern hills. Almost a fourth of India’s

Wayanad forest

10,000 plant species are found in the state. Among the almost 4,000 flowering plant species (1,272 of which are endemic to Kerala and 159 threatened) are 900 species of highly sought medicinal plants.

Its 9,400 km² of forests include tropical wet evergreen and semi-evergreen forests (lower and middle elevations—3,470 km²), tropical moist and dry deciduous forests (mid-elevations—4,100 km² and 100 km², respectively), and montane subtropical and temperate (shola) forests (highest elevations—100 km²). Altogether, 24% of Kerala is forested. Two of the world’s Ramsar Convention listed wetlands—Lake Sasthamkotta and the Vembanad-Kol wetlands—are in Kerala, as well as 1455.4 km² of the vast Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Subjected to extensive clearing for cultivation in the 20th century, much of the remaining forest cover is now protected from clearfelling. Kerala’s fauna are notable for their diversity and high rates of endemism: 102 species of mammals (56 of which are endemic), 476 species of birds, 202 species of freshwater fishes, 169 species of reptiles (139 of them endemic), and 89 species of amphibians (86 endemic). These are threatened by extensive habitat destruction, including soil erosion, landslides, salinization, and resource extraction.

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