Keezharkuthu waterfall, also called Rainbow falls, is situated in Idukki
District, about 25 kilometres from the town of Thodupuzha.
Keezharkuthu waterfall, cascade down from a height of 200 ft. Set amidst verdant foliage, it flows down a tall rock, 1500 metres above sea level. The thunderous waterfall never dries up, so can be visited during dry season as well.
The surrounding pristine forests of Kaithappara hills are home to several medicinal plants.
Visiting Keezharkuthu can absorb the entire day. It is a day well spent getting lost in refreshing sights and smells under the canopy of large trees.
Reaching the falls requires a 10 kilometres trek through the jungle. This trek starting at a place called Malayinchi is usually done with the help of local tribesmen. Living in the forest, they know it inside out.
The trek is of moderate difficulty. Short cuts with steeper inclines await those who want greater adventure.
It is usual to encounter small animals such as wild pigs and porcupines on the path. Not too unusual to spot herds of elephants nearby. Great caution is required with elephants, whether in herds or not. The lone elephant is regarded greatly dangerous, always being on a mad attacking mode.
Given the difficulty to access, visiting Keezharkuthu waterfall is limited to a smaller number of risk takers, trekkers and nature enthusiasts.
Staying at the tribal settlements
On the way to Rainbow waterfall, there are tribal settlements. Staying there in huts on top of the hills can be organised. Experiencing simple life within a forest can lead to fascinating insights. Mornings here wakes visitors to spectacular displays of light and shine over the hills and dales.
Apart from the usual waterfall trek, there are also other treks conducted in the surrounding areas. Other choices are rock climbing, mountaineering and camping.
Interested? Contact Idukki District Tourism Promotion Council on - + 91 486 2232248
How to reach
Direct bus service from Thodupuzha takes you to Malayinchi. The jungle trek of 10 kilometers begins from there.
For those who miss the Malayinchi bus, there is the alternative of getting aboard a bus to Udumbannoor.
From Udumbannoor, the 4 kilometers distance to Malayinchi can be covered either by trek or by taking Jeep shuttle service.
Jeeps regularly shuttle between these two places.