Meenvallam waterfall

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.

Meenvallam waterfall - Facts at a glance 

Location: Central Kerala 

District: Palakkad 

Nearest towns: Palakkad at 28 kms, Mannarkad at 22 kms

Bus Station: Palakkad at 28 kms

Taxi/ Auto-rikshaw Hire: Palakkad at 28 kms

Railway Station: Palakkad Railway Station at 28 kms

Air port: Coimbathore Airport (CJB) at 95 kms, Cochin Airport (COK) at 133 kms

Food Options: Palakkad and Mannarkad.

Accommodation Options: Lodges and hotels at Palakkad town.

Best time to visit: Waterfall closed during heavy rains. Jun till Mid October, check before you go.

Nearby Attractions: Dhoni waterfall, Malampuzha Dam, Kava, Palakkad City (shopping & food), Palakkad Fort, Silent Valley National Park, Thiruvalathoor Bhagavathy Temple, Walayar Dam, Chulannur Peacock Protection Centre, Kalpathi, Mangalam Dam, Parambikulam Sanctuary, Nelliyampathy hill station, Pothundi Dam and Attappadi.

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