Considered among important regional cascades, Thoovanam waterfalls lie within the woods of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in Northern Idukki.
In fact, Thoovanam waterfall visit is only a part of Chinnar experience, which includes sighting elephants, langurs and many other animals.
If you are lucky, you may even get near to a Giant Grizzled Squirrel, a rare animal for which Chinnar is famous for.
For the nature enthusiast, Chinnar Sanctuary offers a choice of jungle treks. One of the popular treks is to Thoovanam falls.
Of course, there is some chance to sight a few animals while walking to the waterfall with the forest guide.However, the main reason for such popularity for waterfall trek is that Thoovanam is simply a splendid fall.
Even a distant view reveals her refreshing and charming self.
The water flow
that creates the cascade is River Pambar, one of the major sources of drinking
water for animals within the sanctuary.
Thoovanam trek starts from Alampatty forest check post. It takes about an hour to reach the waterfall. Waterfall trek tickets can be purchased and a guide can be arranged at the check post. A guide is a must for this trek.
If your choice is not just a quick peek at the waterfall, rather a day or two in the sanctuary, then there are different types of accommodation on offer. Do not expect luxuries as these resting spots within the jungle only offer basic amenities.
Tree house, jungle cottage at Vysappara and the Government Guest House are available within the bounds of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Camping can also be arranged.
Looking somewhat broad regionally, Munnar, Devikulam and Kanthalloor are great alternatives for restful overnight stay.Thoovanam waterfall is about 60 Kms from Munnar hill station.
Munnar-Udumalpet road runs through Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, dividing it in almost two equal halves.
The nearest airport is Coimbatore at 115 kms. Cochin Airport is about 150 kms from Chinnar.
Location: Central Kerala
Nearest towns: Marayoor at 18 kms and Munnar at 60 kms.
Bus Station: Munnar at 60 Kms.
Taxi Hire: Munnar Town at 60 Kms.
Railway Station: Eranakulam Railway Station at 130 Kms.
Air port: Cochin
Int’l Airport (COK) at 150 Kms. Coimbatore Airport at 115 Kms.
Food Options: No restaurants near the Sanctuary. Restaurants at Munnar.
Accommodation Options: Guest House, Dorms, Tree house and Vysappara Cottage. All of them need booking in advance. Alternatively you could stay at Kanthalloor, Munnar or other towns/ resorts in Idukki.
Best time to visit: Throughout the year except October and November. Check in advance if Sanctuary is not closed because of fire threats.
Nearby Attractions: Marayoor sandal forests, Dolmens, Kanthalloor are within 20 kms. Tourist spots in Idukki are Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kumali, Munnar, Devikulam, Peerumedu, Eravikulam National Park, Mattuppetty, the Arch dam, Idukki wildlife sanctuary, Anamudi, Eco Point, Top Station, Waterfalls of Cheeyappara, Valara, Thommankuthu, Keezharkuthu, Attukal and Chellarkovil, Carmalagiri elephant walk, Anachal, Malankara reservoir, Mangala Devi Temple, Meenuli, Kundala dam and Kalvari Mount.