Kerala waterfalls are often the overlooked item in Kerala travel plans.
For many travelers, waterfall experiencing is limited to sighting
a less than spectacular cascade along a mountain path en route to a
Scenic Western Ghats mountain range that runs through the entire length of Kerala is the origin of numerous streams.
Somewhere along the journey, they thunderously fall and splash to create bold beauties of water. After creating waterfalls, those mountain streams ultimately reach into one of the 44 rivers of Kerala.
Kerala waterfalls come in all shapes and sizes. They range from magnificent ones such as Athirapally falls to tiny trickles in the heart of the forest. Also, they take up diverse forms as horse tail, single fall, cascade, and multi step or even horizontal falls.
Yet common to all is refreshingly cool water aesthetically set in elegant backdrop of verdant greens and rocky terrains.
Even though nowhere near thunderously powerful as the likes of Niagra
and Iguazu falls, waterfalls in Kerala are still worthy enough for a few
days of good fun.
Some waterfalls though small are well liked because of overall experience of visiting them- sights, smells, birds, flowers, butterflies, verdant foliage...........
Feel sun burnt
and drained from hectic beach holidays? Head to the high ranges where
waterfalls welcome you with a thundering applause. What is on offer is
super cool water and refreshing air packed with a million flying
droplets. Did I mention plenty of green shade?
Prominent waterfalls of Kerala, that stand out from the rest are, Athirapally, Palaruvi, Thusharagiri and Meenmutti. Waterfalls that are considered worth mentioning are around 20.
Water of some falls, considered to have medicinal properties, attracts a different set of visitors. Palaruvi waterfalls draw a lot of such believing locals for a dip, for which even some Ayurvedic physicians suggest.
Water washing areas of medicinal herbs over hill tops, in due course make it to the waterfalls. So there could be an element of truth to substantiate such claims.
Several waterfalls are easy to access with roads nearby. A few are located as such as they are reserved only for nature enthusiasts, adventure tourists and trekkers. Aruvi waterfalls requiring a strenuous trek of 8 kilometres through dense forest with the help of local tribal guide is one among those.
There are waterfalls that provide access to both top and bottom. Then there are those multi stepped waterfalls, whose latter steps can only be accessed. Steep rocky terrains and dense forests with wild animals are the usual restrictive factors to reach the top rest.
Care to be taken while visiting
waterfalls. Monsoon season can bring sudden flash floods, totally
unexpected. Such out of the blue torrents happen when it rains elsewhere
nearby while the waterfall area remains sunny. Gushing water can carry
rocks and pebbles moving at great speed as well.
Some horizontal falls may appear very shallow as knee deep. And rocks protruding above water can be very inviting for stepping across the shallow stream. However, these rocks are moss covered and greatly slippery. Vazhachal waterfall is the prime example where hundreds of visitors have died just by trying to step on stones or getting into apparently knee deep water.
Also be mindful of leaches especially if you are visiting waterfalls within remote forests, especially during monsoon.
Check before hand and take precautions so that nothing can get in the way of your happy moments.
Of all the waterfalls in Kerala, the following ones are some of the best to visit. Click on each one to read detailed descriptions and useful facts.