Meenvallam (Meenvallom), one of the best kept secrets of Central Kerala, is located between Palakkad and Mannarkad.
While finding its way through Kalladikode hills, River Thuppanad splashes down several times, creating waterfalls as it goes.
There are ten falls all together. Most of them are up the hill and deep within the forest. Reaching most of them is out of the question.
Meenvallom waterfall is the final one, reachable by a 2 kms trek from the car park at Koomankundu shops. This walk is mostly through rubber plantations.
If the rocks are dry, it is possible to climb up to two more cascades. The third waterfall is actually two tiered, so can even be considered as two separate falls.
Walking on the rocks is dangerous during wet season since they turn slippery.
Deaths have happened regardless of restrictions.
As a result of protests from locals who are sick of witnessing deaths at their local waterfall, authorities have resorted to total closure during peak monsoon.
That means, for about a month, no visitors are allowed past the shops 2 kms away.
If you are planning to visit here between June and September, please check with the district tourism office in advance, if the waterfall is closed or not.
This is a blissful picnic spot, even without water. The waterfalls although only 20 – 25 ft tall, do have their own attractiveness.
If you are wondering what to do on a hot day at Palakkad, head to Meenvallam, where there is plenty of shade and cool refreshment.
Do you want to explore the region further? Atla waterfall (Aaral), one of the higher falls, is reachable by following a forest path for about 5 kms.
How to reach
Meenvallom waterfall is located 37 kilometres from Palakkad town, alongside on Mannarkkad route.
Take the waterfall road from Kalladikode and proceed 8 kilometres till reaching Koomankundu.
Travellers from Mannarkad are better off turning left at Karimba, instead of travelling all the way to Kalladikode.