The relaxing golden beaches, calm backwaters, and spell bounding rain forests make for a picturesque Kerala. This God’s own country offers still more scenic surprises in the form of its numerous waterfalls. The famous waterfalls of Kerala mark the Western Ghats with their crashing and gushing sounds, and mesmerizing sight. Some of the frequently visited waterfalls of Kerala are detailed below.
The Chalakudy River flowing amidst the forest suddenly plunges from a height of 80ft giving rise to the sight of overwhelming Athirapally waterfalls. 47kms from Thrissur, Athirapally waterfalls are located at the entrance of Sholayar ranges. It is a favorite picnic spot in the winters and the monsoon when the waterfall is in its full glory with swelling water levels.
90kms from Kochi and just a short drive from Athirapally, Vazhachal waterfalls are on the periphery of the dense rain forest in the Sholayar ranges. It attracts a good number of tourists for its famous medicinal herb gardens too. The herbs have medicinal properties that are believed to cure diseases like arthritis, blood pressure, skin diseases, etc.
Palaruvi waterfalls are 75kms from Kollam, on the Kollam-Shenkottai road near the Ariankavu mountain pass. Palaruvi meaning milky stream makes its way from a height of 300ft down the rocks. The water of this famous waterfall of Kerala is believed to be medicated as it flows down the forest. Palaruvi waterfalls make for a well known picnic spot.
Power House waterfalls
At a distance of 18kms from Munnar, and on the way to Thekkady, Power House waterfalls are a sight to relish. It cascades down a steep rock which is 2000m above the sea level. On the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Power House waterfalls are an ideal stop-over location to savor the nature’s splendor in the form of majestic western mountain ranges. The famous waterfalls of Kerala are at their best when visited after monsoon, that is, in the months of September to February. The crystal clear water tumbling down the rocks is a sight to remember as part of the Kerala tour.