Madammakkulam waterfalls, situated at Peermedu in Idukki district of Kerala, is a natural pond under a gushing waterfall, encircled by deep woods, this was a favourite spot of British planters in the colonial times. The pond has been named Madam’s pond or Madammakkulam after a British lady who used to frequent this spot.
The Rainbow waterfalls at Keezharkuth in Idukki, which cascades down a rock from a height of about 1500 m is a wonderful attraction of this spot. It can be seen throughout the year in full swing. The forest around this spot is home to various medicinal plants.
Keezharkuthu waterfalls is an ideal place for rock climbing, mountaineering, camping and trekking. The waterfalls is situated at near Malayinchi at Udumbannoor Village in Idukki.
A beautiful waterfall situated about 22 km away from Kalpetta. Smaller than the Sentinel Rock waterfalls, the Kanthanpara Falls and its surroundings make an ideal picnic spot in Wayanad.
If you are the kind of person least bothered about venturing out in the woods during the rainy season and is ready to take some risk and watch a waterfall in its full glory, then head for Kalakkayam waterfall located in the forests near Idinjaar in Thiruvananthapuram district.
To reach Kalakkayam from Thiruvananthapuram, one has to come via Palode, which is about 35 kms from the city. From Palode take a deviation to reach Peringamala. Take a right turn from Peringamala to reach Kurisadi via Idinjaar, 12 km away. Since there are no signboards leading to the falls, from Kurisadi, one may seek local assistance to reach the spot of the waterfalls.
In and around the Kalakkayam waterfalls, it is an ambiance that defies words. The waterfall is part of the Mankayam stream that originates in the Agasthyavanam forest. A pool formed at the base of the waterfall is indeed worth a dip and the cool water simply enlivens your body. While attempting to cross the stream to reach the waterfall, one needs to watch the steps, as there are moss covered rocks, which are quite slippery.
The forest nearby the waterfall is also a great spot to watch birds and also other species of fauna and flora. A trail along the stream to explore the sights on either side is yet another option for those who would love to walk around a bit.
Dhoni hills in Palakkad is popular picnic spot with a small and beautiful waterfall. It takes a three hours trek from the base of the Dhoni hills to reach this reserve forest area.
Entrance fee: Rs. 20 per head
Contact details of premitting authority:
Forest Range Officer, Olavakkode
Ph: +91 491 2555815
Chethalayam Falls is one of Wayanad’s lesser known seasonal waterfalls. Though it tends to dry up during summer, it is a lovely place to visit and trekking enthusiasts will have an enjoyable time climbing up the rocks to the waterfall.
The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located between Neriamangalam and Adimali around 10 km on the Kochi – Madurai Highway. The Cheeyappara Waterfall cascades down in seven steps. This is also a great place for trekking. Valara has a chain of waterfalls surrounded by thick green forests. Waterfalls can also be accessible from Munnar, around 42 km on Aluva-Munnar Rd.
Nearest railway station: Aluva about 108 km and Angamali, about 109 km is from Munnar. Waterfalls are located around 42 km from Munnar, on Aluva-Munnar Rd
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, via Aluva – Munnar Rd, about 108 km from Munnar
A panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukad, located between Munnar and Pallivasal in Idukki district, is a feast for the eyes. The place is also ideal for long treks.
The most famous waterfalls of Kerala, Athirappalli and Vazhachal are situated on the Chalakudy River, which originates from the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. At the entrance to the Sholayar ranges is the largest waterfall in Kerala, Athirapally, which stands tall at 80 feet. Just a short drive from Athirapally, the Vazhachal waterfall is close to dense green forests that are home to many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna.
The waterfalls are located on the edge of the Sholayar forest ranges are just 5 km apart. This is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species are seen. Athirappalli is about 63 km from Thrissur and Vazhachal about 68 km.