Dhoni Waterfalls - 10 Things to Know Before Visiting


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About Dhoni Waterfalls

Dhoni Waterfalls is located on top of Dhoni Hills, 15 km from Palakkad town of Kerala state in Southern India. The fall is in the forest ranges of Nilgiri Biosphere in the Western Ghat mountains bordering Kerala and Tamilnadu, a 4 km trek through the lush green forest is required to explore it. The waterfall is surrounded by lush green forest and accessible only through a lengthy, mesmerising hike.

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Things to Do at Dhoni Waterfalls


To reach Dhoni waterfall, it takes three hours of trekking through the reserve forest area from the base of the Dhoni Hills. The waterfall is not big, but rather a series of small falls at different levels cascading down the hills. It creates pools of water and goes downhill roaring over the subsequent level. Water from the fall ultimately gets collected in the Malampuzha reservoir further down.

The hike to the waterfall

To hike to the fall, one will need permission from the forest department which you will receive upon purchasing the ticket at the entry point. An out-of-use asphalt road built in the British era still stands here although it is not put to daily use. This road was constructed to connect five divisions of then Palakkad- Coimbatore, Manarkkad, Nilambur, Gudalur, and Silent Valley.

Wild animals on the trail

The trail to the falls is unpaved and it is suitable only for motorbikes and vehicles with four-wheel drive, although private vehicles are not allowed to go through the trail. Elephants, Tigers, King Cobras and other wild animals live in the forest surrounding the waterfall. Still, the place is considered to be safe as the chances of spotting them are extremely low. If there are any wild animals found on the trails, the authorities will stop entry to the waterfalls.

Exploring the pristine beauty of the falls

Once you reach the waterfall, you can see the lovely view of the fall nested in greenery, enjoy a cold dip in the water, and admire the beauty and peacefulness of the jungle. It is recommended to start the hike in the morning so that you will reach the falls before noon and have sufficient time to admire the beauty of the place. Climbing at noon makes the hike too exhausting.

Once you are at the falls, be mindful of the moss-covered slippery rocks. The depth of the stream may surpass normal expectations considering that the waterfall is quite small. Dhoni falls, with its long hike and silent yet breathtaking surroundings, is a great place to visit as long as you are careful while exploring the falls.

More adventures from Dhoni waterfall

There is a trekking trail from Dhoni Waterfalls to Malampuzha Dam, some 5 km away. This trail is completely through the forest and access is restricted. Trekking needs prior permission from the District Forest Officer, a local guide will lead you through this trail of danger and beauty. Do check with the authorities managing the place for more information.

Activities Around

History of Dhoni Waterfalls


There are many shortcuts in the trekking trail which reduces trek distance a lot. If you plan to take them, be prepared for steep inclines. There is an old colonial mansion constructed in the 1850s called Kavarakunnu Bungalow on the path towards the waterfall. This building was constructed by the British to oversee the orange and cardamom plantations in the region. The bungalow is abandoned for many years now.

Best Time to Visit Dhoni Waterfalls


The best time to visit Dhoni waterfalls is immediately after the monsoon, from September onwards. The heavy rains will be over by then, the trek path will be clear, and the waterfall will be filled. Although the water flows through the falls the whole year, the time right after the monsoon is considered the best. While visiting, carry your food and water but do not leave any waste behind. 

Tips for Visiting Dhoni Waterfalls

  1. The authorities will stop entry to the waterfalls if they find any wild animals near the trail.
  2. The waterfall has a lot of crevices filled with water. Watch out for them. Visitors have died by falling in and getting trapped in them.
  3. Start the hike in the morning so that you will escape the scorching noon sun and can return on time. Entry is not permitted after 1.30 PM.
  4. The moss-covered rocks can be very slippery and the depth of the small stream can be much higher than what you see with your eyes.
  5. Bring food and water, there are no food stalls in the area.
  6. The water will look calm but it is deceptive with chutes and whirlpools underneath. The stream flowing for years has created treacherous hollow deep wells inside the rocks and it will be impossible to detect them or to judge the depth of them when water is flowing over. If you take a dip thinking that it is a small pool, it could trap you inside taking you to its depths. The worse part of it is that if you are in danger there might not be many people around to help you escape from the waters.
  7. A forest guard will assist you throughout the hike. Please obey his instructions.

Interesting Facts and Trivias About Dhoni Waterfalls

  1. Dhoni is named after a boat-shaped rock on one of its hills, boat in Malayalam is called "thoni".

How Much Time Did Visitors Spend at Dhoni Waterfalls

It takes a full day to hike to the fall and explore it in full.

How to Reach Dhoni Waterfalls

The village of Dhoni - where the waterfall is situated- is 15 kilometres from Palakkad town. There is public transportation available from Palakkad but they are infrequent. The easiest way to reach is by a private vehicle so that you can enjoy the views of lush green Western Ghats on the way as well. Palakkad railway station is just 9 km from Dhoni waterfalls but you will have to take a taxi from there as well.

Entrance Fee of Dhoni Waterfalls

It costs INR 120 per person to visit Dhoni Waterfalls.

Opening Hours of Dhoni Waterfalls

Dhoni Waterfalls is open from 10.30 AM to 1.30 PM daily. The waterfall is closed on Mondays. The visits are split by batches in different timeslots. For accurate information, contact Forest Range Officer Olavakkode at  +91 491 2555815.

Attractions Near Dhoni Waterfalls

Malampuzha Dam

Malampuzha Dam

7.14km from Dhoni Waterfalls

Malampuzha Dam, set overlooking the scenic hills of Western Ghats is the largest reservoir in Kerala, located near Palakkad in Kerala state in Southern India. The dam is a straight gravity type, with a combination of a masonry dam of 1,849 meters in length and an earthen dam of 220 meters length.

Siruvani Waterfalls

Siruvani Waterfalls

11.16km from Dhoni Waterfalls

Siruvani falls is a beautiful waterfall located in the Coimbatore district. There is also a dam associated with this river and waterfalls. this is a tourist-friendly location in Tamilnadu.

Palakkad Fort

Palakkad Fort

11.31km from Dhoni Waterfalls

The fort that has witnessed the bloody wars of Zamorin, Palakkad Achchan, Mysore Kings, and the British.

Velliangiri Hills

Velliangiri Hills

15.71km from Dhoni Waterfalls

Velliangiri mountains is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is situated at the western ghats border of Coimbatore district.

112 Feet Adiyogi

112 Feet Adiyogi

17.95km from Dhoni Waterfalls

Adiyogu statue is the tallest Siva statue situated in the Coimbatore district of Tamilnadu which has been recognized by the Guinness world records as the largest bust sculpture in the world. This was designed by sadguru Jaggi Vasudev and is a part of the Isha foundation.

Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park

31.85km from Dhoni Waterfalls

Silent Valley National Park, one of the last and rare undisturbed rainforests of the Western Ghat Mountains is located in the Nilgiri Hills in Palakkad District of Kerala State in Southern India. The park is completely enclosed by a ring of hills and remains an ecological island with its own unique micro-climate.

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