Chethalayam falls is located about 12 kilometres from Sulthan Batheri. Chethalayam is smaller and lesser known compared to other waterfalls in Wayanad.
Probably many people may consider the long trek to the waterfall as the best part. The woods are thick and there are plenty of birds and butterflies.
If all stars aligned properly, you may also spot a bit of wildlife, as you walk 4 kilometers to the waterfall.
Even if you miss out on the boost of a wildlife sighting, no need to worry.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary-a.k.a Muthanga sanctuary, is just near to provide a comprehensive experience.
The Forest Range Office at Chethalayam issues visitor passes to
the waterfall. Their permission is mandatory to get into the jungle
surrounding the waterfall.
You can avail the services of a guide from the check post. Wild elephants, at times pass through the area. For that reason, Guide service becomes indispensable to this 4 kilometer trek.
Trek to Chethalayam falls
Visitors walk through a great display of nature to reach the waterfall. Great many trees stand proudly over a grassy landscape. Verdant valleys and great elevations extend far and wide. Colourful butterflies and birds fly around.
As they walk carried away in the woods, the waterfall suddenly comes into view. The cascade, concealed inside bushes, appears only at a close range of just a few meters. A sudden joy inside a forest!
Water flowing down the rocky terrain is red and muddy during the rainy months of monsoon. Though water clears up post monsoon, unfortunately, it gradually reduces to a trickle before finally dries up in peak summer of April and May.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit is immediately after monsoon, from September till February. Though waterfall gets to full glory in monsoon, leaches are in abundance during that time. Also, the moss covered wet rocks of the trekking trail get very slippery.
Early morning visits are preferable to spot some wildlife and birds around.
How to reach
Chethalayam waterfall is located 12 kilometers on Sulthan Batheri to Pullpalli road.
It is possible to take vehicle through an off road path to near this Kerala waterfall.