A mud path from Kumarakom leads to Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls. At the end of
this 2 km trail is the waterfall, which is a popular sightseeing spot.
Kumarakom, a village in South Kerala, is known even outside the bounds of India for ambient backwaters and authentic house boats. Visiting Aruvikkuzhi, the local falls, is an added plus for people who reach here for backwater rides.
Small yet pretty, the waterfall is inviting enough for a short break of a couple of hours or even a half day picnic.
The green backdrop of rubber plantations around is complemented by the sparkle of meandering streams.
Birds fly over nearby plantations as well
If you are a bird lover, there is great news for you. Kumarakom is a bird haven, thanks to backwaters, wetlands and green canopies. Visit to the nearby Kumarakom bird sanctuary goes well with the waterfall trip.
At Aruvikkuzhi, water cascades down about 100 ft from a rocky terrain. Refreshingly scenic surrounding is ideal for picnics, if you are fine with the nature walk of 2 kms.
The best time to visit Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls is immediately after monsoon, i.e. from September onwards. Tourism department has placed sign boards along the small track leading to the falls.
How to reach Aruvikkuzhi
Kottayam, the major regional town, is located 18 kilometres from Aruvikkuzhi falls.
Cochin International Airport is about 105 kms from Kumarakom.
There are several resorts and home stays around Kumarakom.House boat operators offer overnight packages.
If you prefer a more mainstream place to settle, Kottayam town has a choice of hotels and lodges.