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Offbeat Waterfalls in Kerala

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I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall”, said Mike May and I couldn’t agree more. Waterfalls are a thing of beauty that can go from slight to massive, from making soft gurgling sounds to loud roaring ones. But the added joy of a waterfall is if you can get in its waters to feel that cold water on your skin, to splash away, to dunk your friends and laugh away into those very sounds described above. Now if you are visiting the lusciously green state of Kerala and find yourself craving visiting some waterfalls, then here’ a list of them for you to go looking for off the beaten path:

Aali Veena Kuth Waterfalls

How to reach: For those looking to fly down, there’s Kochi airport. And for the ones who are looking to travel by train the nearest station is Nellikkavu. Make way to Thalakode by road and from there you can take a short 2kms trek to the waterfalls.

Best time to visit: May to June and September to October

Aali Veena Kuth Waterfalls
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In the woods of Thalakode, there lays a waterfall nestled by the name of Aali Veena Kuth. The path leading up to the falls make for a pleasant and refreshing trek. Walk through the twisted and turned jungle path to find yourself staring at the pretty falls. They have been named after an unfortunate incident. The story narrates that a mahout (elephant rider/trainer/helper) once went up Soochippara Hills in search of bamboo. As they were returning both the elephant and mahout slipped and fell into the water. Thus, it was named “Aali Veena Kuth”, i.e., where Aali has fallen. I wonder if Aali and the elephant are today glad for the tourists who come by, keeping their spirits company as they treat themselves to a fun day in the water?

Ezharakund Waterfalls

How to reach: It is at a distance of roughly 50kms from Kannur. You can reach Kannur via a train or a flight, the railway station and airport are at a distance of 39km and 59km respectively. From there you can find a local taxi to get you to the falls.

Best time to visit: June to September

Ezharakund Waterfalls
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The Kannur district located near the Paithamala Valley is home to the Ezharakund falls. Now waterfalls too come in varying shapes in sizes. If you have been craving a pool party then grab your friends and head to this one. ? The falls comprise of 7 natural pools, each filled with dark blue green water at different depths. The water tumbles in these pools and you can have a day of swimming about in the cool, breezy waves. However, the falls are deep and somewhat slippery so make sure to visit that a few people in your group do know swimming. And if you have time you can combine this with a visit to Palakkayam Thattu, a hill station nearby where you can take short hikes.

Kerala Kund Waterfalls

How to reach: If you are flying down then the nearest airport is Kozhikode. Meanwhile, the nearest railway stations are Melattur and Tuvvur. Thereafter, you can take a taxi to reach by road. On reaching Kerala Kund, you can either take a jeep to take you to the clearing of the waterfall or for the adventurous ones there’s a short 3kms trek!

Best time to visit: June to September

kerala kund waterfalls
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At Keralamkundu, also known as Karuvarakundu Falls on account of its location, the water plunges from 150 feet and comes below to form a natural pool. “Karu” means iron ore which was excavated from the nearby area, thus, bestowing this name upon it. It is located in the Silent Valley which is a green charmer in itself, with its touch of nature and roundabout pleasant air. The falls are said to be one of the oldest in the area and have been around for centuries. I’m sure in the olden days to people would jump into its blue-green waters for fun and frolic, so, what are you waiting for?!

Seethamma Kund Waterfalls

How to reach: You can fly down or take a train till Kozhikode from where you can reach Wayanad which is just a 40 minutes long drive Meppadi. From Meppadi you can take a local taxi to reach Seethamma Falls.

Best time to visit: April and May

Seethamma Kund Waterfalls
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If you’re planning on exploring the beauty of our country down south then I’m sure the name Wayanad has crossed your mind a couple of times. Now if you are visiting Wayanad, add the secretive Seethammakundu Falls to your list of must-see spots. Hidden away from the throngs of heavy crowds, the falls are in the middle of a deep forest, allowing you to get that Jungle Book like experience had you swim in its waters. The water is calming and soothing, a chance for you to enjoy some quiet time in this natural gem.

Thusharagiri Waterfalls

How to reach: Once again, fly down or take a train till Kozhikode firstly. Then drive and reach Thusaragiri Waterfalls via Kodencherry which is the nearest town at a distance of 11kms, in case you’re looking for a rest stop.

Best time to visit: June and then September to December

Thusharagiri Waterfalls
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Yet another treat to accompany during your Wayanad or other Kerala getaway, is the Thusharagiri Falls. In contrast to the Seethamma falls, Thusharagiri are quite popular with both locals and tourists. In addition, Thusharagiri are thundering falls where the cascading water comes flowing below so tenaciously that it looks like a mist of air is hovering over the water. Let the droplets hit your face as you giggle standing to catch a better and better glimpse of this sight.

Thomannakuthu Waterfalls

How to reach: You can take a train to the railway stations of Aluva, Kottayam or Ernakulam. The nearest airport is Cochin. Then from either the airport or the railway station, take a taxi to reach.

Best time to visit: June to November

Thomannakuthu Waterfalls
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At a height of about 1,500m the waterfall is also called the 7 steps waterfall as it has 7 steps each of which are brimming with water one after the other. The falls original name Thommankuthu has an interesting story behind it. Locals narrate the story of Thomman who was a tribal leader. One day he was crossing the river, when he fell into and was tragically washed away in the waterfall which was thereafter named after him. Adding to the aura of the waterfalls are the thick forests and caves nearby. In addition to dipping your feet in the water of Kannadiyaru River, you can explore the caves and then even head to the tower built up for bird watching.

Paloorkotta Waterfalls

How to reach: The nearest railway station in Angadippuram while the nearest airport is Calicut. You can take a bus to reach Perithalmanna which is just a 20 minutes short drive from Paloorkotta.

Best time to visit: June to November

Paloorkotta Waterfalls
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For a magical misty day, make your way to Paloorkotta Waterfalls. A village called Kandugapuram will welcome you as you visit these falls. The gushing waterfalls have a glorious past as they once acted as shelter for the legendary Tippu Sultan himself. The top of the waterfall act as a strategic vantage point to overlook anyone approaching. The waterfalls flow between a thick carpet of dense green stretches. You can even hear the birds and at times spot butterflies also enjoying their time with nature. The water actually originates from a natural pool and then comes gushing down at a depth of 36 ft first, then smoothens over a slippery flatter terrain from which it again plunges down 12 ft leading into a canal. For a day of swimming of jumping around in the water and just sheer fun, head to this one.

So, there you have it some of the most offbeat waterfalls in all of Kerala for our water babies!

Read about other waterfalls in Kerala here!

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