Kerala is well known as ‘God’s own country’ and a beautiful land of beaches, backwaters, hills, valleys, mountains and waterfalls. Waterfalls are loved by the tourists in large and the site has lot of fun in store for them. People can enjoy trekking and rock climbing on the way to the waterfall. The magnificent sight of water cascading down through the rocky path remains with people for long. Twenty two eminent waterfalls are there in Kerala State and they are the base of the waterfalls tourism in Kerala state. The top waterfalls in Kerala are mentioned below and they have unique features for which they are topping the list.
Athirapally Waterfalls, Thrissur
Athirapally is the largest and one of the best waterfalls in Kerala which falls from a height of 80 feet and also known as ‘Niagara of India’ in Thrissur district. This waterfall is on the edge of the Sholayar forest area and the water from the fall joins the Chalakudy River. From Thrissur town the Athirapally is at distance of 63 km and the nearest Cochin airport is about 120km away. Vazhachal waterfall is 5km from here.
Meenmutty Waterfalls, Wayanad
The uniqueness of Meenmutty waterfalls is that the water drops over three stages from a height of 1000ft and presents a triple-decker effect. The water fall can be reached by a 2km jungle trek and is located on the Ooty main road in Wayanad. Kozhikode is the nearest railway station and travel distance is 97km and Calicut is the nearby airport about 107km.
Thommankuthu Waterfalls, Idukki
Thommankuthu Waterfall is named after Mr. Thommachen Kuruvinakunnel, a famous hunter who educated the world about this stunning waterfall in the forest in 1920’s. This is 17km from the Thodupuzha town in Idukki district and trekking and bathing in the waterfall are the main attractions. This waterfall reaches down after seven steps. Aluva is the nearest railway station about 65km and Cochin airport is 52km from here.
Palaruvi Waterfalls, Kollam
Palaruvi means ‘stream of milk’ in local language and the waterfalls exactly resembles milk on its way down while falling from a height of 300feet. It is situated at Thenmala in Kollam district. The waterfall also looks like a horse tail as it is narrowed in the top and widens on the bottom level. Nearest railway station is Kollam – 75km and airport is Thiruvananthapuram – 147km distance.
Keezharkuthu Waterfalls, Idukki
Rainbow waterfalls or Keezharkuthu waterfalls is 25km from Thodupuzha town in Idukki district. The waterfall is situated at a height of 1500m above the sea level. People needs to trek for 10km starting from Malayinchi (15km from Thodupuzha and direct bus service is available) through the forest area to reach the waterfalls and it never dries up in peak summer also. While trekking sighting wild pigs and porcupines are usual and sometimes elephants can also be spotted. These factors make the journey an adventurous one and limit the number of visitors. The nearest railway station Kottayam is 55km and Cochin airport is 63km from Thodupuzha town.
Vazhachal Waterfalls, Thrissur
Vazhachal waterfall is situated at 5km distance from the Athirapally waterfall and both are on the edge of the Sholayar forest area. From Thrissur town the waterfalls are at a distance of 63 km and the nearest Cochin airport is about 120km away. Entry passes needs to be collected from the Kerala Forest and Wildlife department for visiting both Athirapally and Vazhachal waterfalls. Instructions to the visitors for conserving the forest and waterfall are issued by the forest department in the entry passes.
Chethalayam Waterfalls, Wayanad
Chethalayam falls is at a distance of 12km from Sultan Batheri. Trekking is the main attraction of this waterfall as it is comparatively smaller than the other waterfalls in Wayanad. Meenmutty, Soochipara and Kanthanpara are the other waterfalls in Wayanad. Muthanga wildlife sanctuary is close by this site and offers a magnificent experience of wild life to visitors. Entry pass is required to enter the waterfall issued by the Forest range office at Chethalayam.
Perunthenaruvi Waterfall, Pathanamthitta
Perunthenaruvi Waterfall is in the dense forest area of Sabarimala, where the famous Ayyappa temple is located in the district of Pathanamthitta. This waterfall is just 10km from Erumeli, the famous set off point to Sabarimala pilgrimage. The trees in this forest area are mostly occupied by bees and have transformed it as a kingdom of beehives. The stream below this area is naturally called as Perumthenaruvi meaning river of honey and it joins the Pamba River. Chengannur railway station is the nearest and at 44km distance and Thiruvananthapuram airport is at 131km from the Perunthenaruvi waterfall.
Powerhouse waterfalls, Munnar
Located in Munnar in Idukki district, Powerhouse waterfall cascade from a steep rock which is at a height of 2000m above the sea level. It is in the route of Thekkady to Munnar and surrounded by western mountain ranges. Aluva is the nearby railway station about 106km and Cochin airport is 105km from Munnar town.
Sentinel Rock (Soochipara), Wayanad
The Sentinel Rock waterfall is locally known as Soochipara waterfall (Needle Rock) and is located in Wayanad district. It is 25km from Kalpetta town and Kozhikode is the nearest railway station about 96 km. The Sentinel Rock waterfalls 200m down and it joins the Chaliyar River. The way to the waterfall is paved well with 60 stairs and it is a little steeper while returning. The whole area is maintained as plastic free and pollution less by the authorities.