19 most incredible waterfalls in Kerala

Kerala, the treasure of natural beauty, a magical land has in store many enchanting locations for the nature lover. Dense forests, gurgling streams, cascading waterfalls, rich eco tourists spots makes Kerala a favourite tourist destination. Here are 19 famous waterfalls you wouldn’t want to miss!

Athirappilly Waterfalls

About 78kms from Kochi you come across the majestic Athirapally waterfalls. It is at the entrance of the Sholayar forest ranges. Falling from a height of 80 feet it is one of the largest water falls in Kerala. The roaring water crashes through the wilderness and joins the Chalakkudy River. A favourite picnic spot it also offers opportunities for trekking. Tourists can enjoy the waterfalls from close quarters.

Athirappilli
Waterfalls in Idukki

Thommankuthu Waterfalls

Thomankuttu Waterfalls is at a distance of 20 km from Thodupuzha. The water here falls in seven steps and at each landing rest forms a pool. The rich greenery surrounding the waterfalls too is beautiful. One of the most sought after picnic spots it’s supposed to be named after the hunter Thommachen Kuruvinakunnel who discovered the waterfalls.

Mulamkuzhi Waterfalls

Mulamkuzhi is a tiny village about 15kms from Malayattur. The crystal clear water of the River Mulamkuzhi is believed to be medicated which goes further and forms the waterfall of Venanbravady. One can also see the confluence of the rivers Periyar and Perumthode here. This is a vacation spot which soothes body, mind and soul.

Mulamkuzhy Waterfalls
Cheeyappara Waterfalls

Cheeyapara and Valara Waterfalls

One of the most beautiful water falls in Kerala, Cheyappara is on the Kochi – Madurai highway between Neriyamangalam and Adimali. The water here flows down from a height of 1200 ft over seven levels into dense forest which is home for several species of birds and animals. This eco-tourism destination is a favourite tourist attraction with ample opportunities for trekking and picnics. Nearby there is one more waterfall called Valara. These are part of the series of waterfalls that originate from the Western Ghats.

Nyayamakkad Waterfalls

About 10 kms from Munnar to Rajamala is the Nyayamakad Waterfalls. The water falls from a height of 1600 ft and is a famous trekking and picnic spot. It is situated among the tea plantations of Munnar. The nearby estate Nyayamakad Estate has a trout fishing site.

Nyayamakkad Waterfalls
Tourist Attractions in Calicut

Thusharagiri Waterfalls

50 kms east of Kozhikode is Thusharagiri, a tribal tourist spot. River Challipuzha which is combination of two streams from the Western Ghats river diverges into three waterfalls. One of them is Thusharagiri which means white peaked mountain. Highest of the three is Thenpara which drops to 75 meters below. An uphill trek of 5 kms takes one to the origin of the waterfall.

Dhoni Waterfalls

15 kms from Palakkad one comes across the Dhoni hills. This is a reserve forest area with its small, cute waterfall is famous among tourists all through the year. The waterfall along with the trekking on the green terrain gives wonderful experience for tourists. Dhoni also has a farmhouse, which rears hundreds of cattle of Swiss variety.

Dhoni Waterfalls
Meenmutty Waterfalls

Meenmutty Waterfalls

Meenmutty Falls is at a distance of 29 km from Kalpetta. It is one of the biggest waterfalls in Wayanad and can be reached hiking about 2 kms from the Ooty road. Vehicles can go further up to 1 more km but rest have to be covered by trekking. The height of the water fall is about 300m and falls down in three stages. Meenmutty is one of the waterfalls that feed the Chaliyar river.

Soojipara Waterfalls

Soojipara Waterfalls in Wayanad is popular for its trekking opportunities. It can be reached by trekking through dense forests for about 2 kms over steep rocks. There are elevation ranging from around 100 to 300 feet and adventure activities like water rafting, swimming and bathing etc can be done in the water of the falls that is collected in a pond below. There are tree top huts and tourists can also stay in them enjoying beautiful views of the valleys of the Western Ghats and the surrounding springs.

 

Soojipara Waterfalls
Perunthenaruvi Waterfalls

Perunthenaruvi Waterfalls

36 km from Pathanamthitta is Perunthenaruvi, one of the beautiful waterfalls. The name “Perunthenaruvi” means “The Great Honey Stream”. Probably the name from the numerous bee hives in the dense forests. The terrain is rock offers an adventurous spirit to the visit. The water flows down to the ravine of 60-100 ft and continues further to join Pampa at Erumely.

Kombaikani Waterfalls

45 kms from Thiruvananthapuram are the rustic Kombaikani Waterfalls. It is7 kms from Bonecaud estate. These are formed at the upper reaches of the Neyyar reservoir and are a favourite of adventure lovers. It can be reached only by trekking through forests. Permission has to obtained from the forest department and a guide will be provided. Many come here for trekking and bird watching.

Kombaikani
Lakkam Waterfalls

Lakkam Waterfalls

Among the Vaguvarai valley is the one of most beautiful and serene waterfalls near Munnar, the Lakkam Waterfalls. The Vaguvarai valley is so called because of the abundance of the vaga tree ( Kokko of family Mimosaceae). This adds to the beauty of the falls specially when the vaga trees are in bloom and the whole valley looks festive in red. Lakkam falls is about 5 mnts drive from Eravikulam National Park and it originates from the plateau of Eravikulam which is at about 7300 ft above sea level. Visitors are allowed to bath in the stream and trekking too can be undertaken in these hills.

Attukad Waterfalls

In the dark and dense jungles between Munnar and Pallivasal there is an enchanting waterfall called Attukad Waterfalls. It is an ideal place for trekking through the forest as also for a refreshing swim and relaxation. The water in here is crystal clear and soothes body and soul likewise. It is a photographer’s paradise too with its rustic beauty.

Attukal Waterfalls
Palaruvi Waterfalls

Palaruvi Waterfalls

A milky white waterfall among mist clad blue hills and dense green valley. Palaruvi is a beautiful place to spend a day bathing in the water, trekking and relaxing. It is at a distance of 35 kms from Punalur and its name means “stream of milk” which it resembles. Palaruvi is one of the highest waterfalls of Kerala. On one of the rocks there is a watch tower like structure which gives a nice view. It is believed that the water here has medicinal properties since the stream travels through natural herbs and plants before it falls as Palaruvi.

Power House Waterfalls (Periyakanal Waterfalls)

Power house waterfalls fall from a height of 2000 meters above sea level flows into the valley of the majestic hills of Munnar. Also called as Periya Kanal and near to Chinna Kanal it got its name “Powerhouse Falls” from the old power house which is near the waterfall. It is believed that the water of the falls is medicinal since its source is the “Sita Devi Kulam” – wherein Goddess Sita had bathed and so has healing powers. Powerhouse Waterfalls is at a distance of 18 kms from Munnar on the Munnar-Thekkady highway.

Powerhouse Waterfalls
Powerhouse Waterfalls

Thoovanam Waterfalls

Thoovanam falls is part of the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, in Marayoor. It takes about an hour to reach the falls from Alampatty forest station, from where the tickets for trekking to the falls are to be bought. Trekking in the jungle, seeing rare, beautiful flowers is in itself exciting and if one is lucky they might sometimes see some wild animals also. The water to the falls comes from the river Pambar which is one of the major sources of water for the wildlife in those forests. Thoovanam Waterfalls is at about 18 kms from Marayoor.

Valanjanganam Waterfalls

Valanjanganam Waterfalls is a beautiful waterfall covered in mist among the Peeramedu hills. One of the main attraction in Kuttikanam it is also known as Ninnumullippara. The height of the waterfall is about 75 ft. The stream created at the bottom of the fall is clean and calm. ideal for a swimming. It is at a distance of 5 kms from Peeramedu, on the Thekakdy – Kottayam route.

Valanjanganam Waterfalls
Vazhachal Waterfalls

Vazhachal Waterfalls

Vazhachal Falls is part of the group of falls called Athirapally falls or Athirapally-Vazhachal falls. It is about 36 km from Chalakudy and is near the Vazhachal Forest division which at the edge of the Sholayar ranges. Originating from the Chalakkudy river this waterfall is believed to be one of the finest waterfalls in Kerala it falls down and flows to the Sholayar forests. Care to be taken when entering the river as the rocky river bed has deep trenches hidden in between them.

Chapra Waterfalls

Chapra Falls is between the Athirapillay waterfalls and Vazachal waterfalls. Though smaller and not as well known as the other two, this falls is also mesmerizing with its beauty. It is seasonal and after monsoon it is in its full glory. Located near to the highway of Chalakkudy it is frequented by travelers throughout the year. Chapra falls is about 3 kms from the Athirapilly falls and is an ideal spot for picnics.

Chapra Waterfalls