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Soochipara Waterfalls - Things to Know Before Visiting

Wayanad, Kerala 673577, India

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About Soochipara Waterfalls

Three tiered falls with its natural pools in its foot and a hike to explore its beauty.


Soochipara Waterfalls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall) is located near Meppadi town of Wayanad district in Kerala State of Southern India. Situated on the Vellarimala Mountain ranges, it is locally known as Soochipara (needle rock) Waterfalls and it is one of the most attractive falls in the district. The fall is three tiered and surrounded by Deciduous,  Evergreen and Montane forests.

The Sentinel Rock Fall is 200 meters high and its on a three tier rock face. Only the bottom portion of the falls can be seen from the trails leading to the falls and from the vicinity. The water from the falls later joins Chliyar River down below.

 


Visitors can swim in the pools that are on the foot of the falls but this can be done only after the rainy season as the force and volume of the water falling is huge during the rainy months.

The name of the fall is originated from one of the rocks nearby it. Its shaped like a needle and since the fall is right near to the rock, it is called Soochipara Waterfall.

 

Exploring the waterfalls

A lovely 5-20 minute drive from Meppadi through tea estates in the mountain paths and luscious vegetation will take you to the entrance of the falls. After reaching a flat hill top with parking spaces with some shops and the tourism office you will have to stop the vehicle and from then on will have to hike to the falls.

The exhausting hiking trail

After purchasing the ticket you will be passing the security check to make sure you do not carry any plastic. From here, visitors will hike around 30 minutes downward for about 2 km through a well laid path to reach the waterfall. This track may be too exhausting to climb back later. Watch out for any plastic material on the way to the falls- the place is trying to be extremely environmentally friendly, disposing the plastic garbage properly will be of enormous help to the authorities.

If you have to carry plastic items such as water bottles, you will have to pay a small deposit for each item. The deposit will be paid back once you are return with the bottles after exploring the place.

 

The pathway to the falls are beautifully paved with wooden benches and huts along the way for visitors to rest. 

Best time to visit the falls

Sentinel Rock Waterfall will be in its full force during the monsoon season. It becomes drier towards the summer months and from March to beginning of June, its likely to be closed as there wont be any water left. The destination is  popular, hence it will be crowded on weekends, public holidays, and during the school holidays. Try avoiding these days if you want to have a calmer experience. 

Nearby rocky regions of the falls were once a hiking point. However, due to frequent landslides in the route, it is no longer allowed by the authorities. ??

How to reach Soochipara Waterfalls?

Meppapdi is the nearest town. You can reach Meppadi from Kalpetta, around 10 km away by buses. There are infrequent buses from Meppadi to the falls. It is 46 km away from Suthan Bathery. Nearest railway station is in Kozhikode from where there are buses to Sulthan Bathery and Kalpetta.

Attractions Near Soochipara Waterfalls

Kanthanpara Waterfalls
Kanthanpara Waterfalls1.78km from Soochipara Waterfalls

The 30 meters high, two tiered waterfall sandwiched between tea plantations.

Sunrise Valley Viewpoint
Sunrise Valley Viewpoint5.59km from Soochipara Waterfalls

A viewpoint with mesmerising views of the misty Western Ghat Mountains covered in thick green forest.

900 KANDI
900 KANDI6.13km from Soochipara Waterfalls

900 Kandi means 900 acres. The main attraction here is the glass bridge that potrudes out of the mountain offering breathtaking views of Western Ghat mountains. The place is well suited for hikes and off road driving.

Chembra Peak
Chembra Peak8.25km from Soochipara Waterfalls

Explore the beauty of Western Ghats, and Hridayathadakam (Heart Lake) by hiking the tallest peak of Wayanad.

Thusharagiri Waterfall
Thusharagiri Waterfall12.81km from Soochipara Waterfalls

Thusharagiri Waterfalls, located 50 km from Kozhikode City of Kerala State in Southern India is a set of five waterfalls cascading down from the mountains of the Western Ghats. The falls are located on the river Chalipuzha and they together are called Thusharagiri Waterfalls.

Ambalavayal Heritage Museum
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum12.88km from Soochipara Waterfalls

One of the largest collection of artefacts in Kerala is housed in the museum.

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What Visitors Say About Soochipara Waterfalls

This is an adventurous waterfall. After journey through narrow roads, you will have to hike through one or two kms of paved trail to reach the falls. The trail is downhill on the way to the falls but while coming back the climb is going to be hard.

At the falls, there are many natural pools below it were you can swim. There are many guards posted around so check with them what is safe and what is not. You can even stand right near to the bottom of the falls and enjoy the shower (sometimes able to go behind it too if the water is not so much by volume).

The time we went in August was the peak of rains so there was lots of water flowing through. I dont think it is the same case between March to April as the water levels can go down during this time.

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