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Kerala: The Mystical Land of Waterfalls

Kerala: The Mystical Land of Waterfalls


  • With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. Kerala gives you an equable climate, serene beaches, backwaters, Lush hill stations, exotic wildlife, Waterfalls, plantations and paddy fields, Ayurvedic health holidays, festivals, Historic and cultural monuments and exotic cuisines .
  • A trip through the numerous forests and hill stations in Kerala will take you to some of the best waterfalls and dams you have ever seen in your life. The water gurgling down the rocky precipices, framed by lush green foliage is a sight you would never want to miss. Be it the falls at Athirappally, Soochipara, Thusharagiri or Thommankoothu. These places show you a sphere of nature that is calm, soothing and wild. In summer these waterfalls tone down to calm cascades where you can sit on the rocks and dip your feet in the cool waters. The calls of the wildlife around make the setting picture perfect.

Adyanpara Waterfalls, Malappuram-

  • Located in the Kurumbalangode Village of Nilambur Taluk in Malappuram district. Adyanpara is famous for its waterfalls and lush jungles. It attracts a wide variety of exotic as well as migratory birds and is rich in wildlife. The waterfall is situated around 15 km from Nilambur.
  • Getting there- Nearest railway station is Nilambur which is around 16 km away and airport is Karipur International Airport in Nilambur which is around 58 km.

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, KottayAruvikkuzhi-Waterfalls

  • It is a beautiful picnic spot and an ideal shooting location for movies. It is located in Kottayam. Aruvikuzhy Waterfalls, falling in five steps, is a real feast for the eyes. Here streams make their way through the landscape and the water roars as it showers down the mountains from a height of 100 feet. It is an ideal place for trekking and is located in the midst of rubber plantations. The famous St. Mary’s Church is situated at the top of the waterfalls. The rubber plantation centre at Pallickathod, is just 1 km from this spot.
  • Getting there- Nearest railway station is Kottayam which is about 19 km and airport is Cochin International Airport which is about 88 km.

Athirappalli and Vazhachal Waterfalls, Thrissur-  Athirappilly-falls-kerala

  • The most famous waterfalls of Kerala, Athirappalli and Vazhachal are situated at the Chalakudy River, which originates from the Western Ghats. At the entrance to the Sholayar ranges is Athirapally. It is the largest waterfall in Kerala which stands 80 feet tall. Just a short drive from Athirapally, the Vazhachal waterfall is close to dense green forests that are home to many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna. The waterfalls are located at the edge of the Sholayar forest. This is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species can be seen.


  •  Athirappalli is 63 km from Thrissur and Vazhachal is 68 km from Thrissur.
  • Getting there-Nearest railway station is Chalakudy, about 30 km away and nearest airport is nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is about 53 km from Thrissur.

Chethalayam Falls, Wayanad -


  • Chethalayam Falls is one of Wayanad’s lesser known seasonal waterfalls. Though it tends to dry up during summer. It is a lovely place to visit. The best place for the one who loves trekking. You will have a full masti time climbing up the rocks to the waterfall.
  • Getting there- Nearest railway station is Kozhikode which is about 97 km by road from Sulthan Bathery and nearest airport is Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode, nearly 120 km from Sulthan Bathery

Kalakkayam waterfalls, Thiruvananthapuram-

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  • If you are  least bothered about venturing out in the woods during the rainy season and is ready to take some risk and watch a waterfall in its full glory, then head for Kalakkayam waterfall. It is  located in the forests near Idinjaar in Thiruvananthapuram district.
  • To reach Kalakkayam from Thiruvananthapuram, one has to come via Palode, which is about 35 kms from the city. From Palode take a deviation to reach Peringamala. Take a right turn from Peringamala to reach Kurisadi via Idinjaar, 12 km away. Since there are no signboards leading to the falls, from Kurisadi, one may seek local assistance to reach the spot of the waterfalls.
  • The forest nearby the waterfall is also a great spot to watch birds and also other species of fauna and flora. A trail along the stream to explore the sights on either side is yet an option for those who would love to walk around.
  • Getting there- Nearest railway station is Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station which is about 50 km and  airport is  Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is about 60 km

Meenmutty Waterfalls, Kalpetta-


  •  It is a 2 km jungle trek which will lead you to the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad – Meenmutty Waterfalls. A unique feature of Meenmutty waterfalls is that the water drops fall from nearly 1000 feet over three stages, presenting a triple-decker effect. The fall is located at the Ooty main road in Wayanad.
  • Getting there- Nearest railway station is Kozhikode, via Kozhikode-Vythiri-Gudallur Hwy, about 97 km and airport is Karipur International Airport.

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