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Waterfalls

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The forests of the Western Ghats are punctuated with large and small waterfalls that roar, gurgle and splash down the mountain side. Almost all these scintillating cascades are the venues for picnics and excursions round the year. Some of the main waterfalls in Kerala are:

Palaruvi
water-falls1which means ‘stream of milk’ makes its way down the rocks, cascading 300 feet down the hills – an ideal picnic spot. The surrounding blue hills and green valleys offer a colourful backdrop to the music of the falls and the silence of the green forest.

Athirapally
water-falls2two scenic 80 feet waterfalls at the mouth of the Sholayar ranges with its bracing climate and the green magic of nature offers an exhilarating experience.

Power House Waterfall
water-falls3is on the way to Thekkady from Munnar. It cascades down steep rock 2000 m above sea level. This spot is enriched by the scenic western mountain ranges and is an ideal place for a break on the way to Periyar wildlife sanctuary.

Vazhachal
water-falls4is just a short drive from Athirapally. This picturesque spot is adjacent to dense green forest land and is a part of the Chalakuddy river.

Thommankuthu waterfalls
water-falls5is an enchanting sight and is a place of great scenic beauty. The picture- postcard beauty of this waterfall set in a panoramic backdrop attracts thousands of tourists to this place. Thommankutthu, 28 km from Thodupuzha, is famous for its numerous waterfalls. This place is ideal for nature 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.

Mulamkuzhi
water-falls6This is a tiny village nearly 15 km 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.

Thusharagiri
water-falls7Lying 50 km east of Kozhikode, Thusharagiri is a little tribal tourist spot in Kerala. 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 5 km trek upstream will take one to the stream’s origin. Of the three waterfalls, the highest is the Thenpara that drops 75 metres below.

Maramala
water-falls8This lies a few km from Eerattupetta. It is exactly 7 km from Teekoy rubber estate. From here a private vehicle can take you further 2 km after which the road is not motorable. 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.

Meenvallam
water-falls9Meenvallam waterfall is around 8 km from Thuppanad junction on the Palakkad – Manarkkad route. It is a combination of enchanting beauty and scenic splendour. The water falls from nearly 20 to 25 feet and the depth is around 15-20 feet. There are ten steps of waterfalls of which eight are located in the upper hills inside the dense forest. These eight are inaccessible; only the remaining two are accessible. One has to hire a jeep from Koomankund junction and then trek a distance of 1.5 km, crossing the river Thuppanad.