Keezharkuthu waterfalls - 5 Things to Know Before Visiting


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About Keezharkuthu waterfalls

The waterfall located inside forest, falling from a height of 60 meters and accessible by hiking.

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Located 450 meters above sea level, Keezharkuthu Waterfalls, also known as Rainbow Waterfalls falls down a rock from a height of about 60 meters. It is located in the middle of thick and lush green forest and can be reached either by a long hike through the jungle or by four wheel drive vehicles.

The fall is also called Rainbow Waterfalls as it makes rainbow patterns in the mornings and evenings due to the water droplets that are dispersed by the waterfall.

Exploring the waterfall and its premises

The hiking trail from Malayinchy to the falls area is tricky with little flat grounds and many climbs. Moist rocks and dry leaves makes it extra slippery and the forests are hideouts for variety of reptiles, insects and elephants. It is advisable to keep the noice levels to a minimum so that none of the larger inhabitants becomes too curious and decides to inspect the trails.

As you near the waterfall, the sound of falling water will get louder and louder and it will be difficult to contain the excitement of seeing the water gushing down from the height. The force of the water will be extremely strong if you are visiting during or right after the monsoon season from June to September. It will be also dangerous and difficult to go near it or take a dip in the water during that period.

Even though its alright to swim at its base, it is not recommended to do that unless you are with the company of a local. Otherwise you can just take a dip in the flowing waters after making sure that the currents are not too strong. The falls area is covered in large boulders which makes it a nice place to do some rock climbing but must be careful due to the slipperiness.

Best time to visit the falls

The falls is perennial but it is highly recommended to visit the place after the monsoon months from June to October. During the monsoon months, the water level might increase due to the rain, limiting the amount of exploring visitors can do. 

Getting to the falls

Keezharkuthu waterfalls is located near Malayinchy village in Idukki District of Kerala State in Southern India. The nearest large town is at Thodupuzha (24 km) and the nearest major railway stations are in Ernakulam and Kottayam. There are buses from Ernakulam and Kottayam to Thodupuzha and from Thodupuzha, there are buses to Malayinchy. From Malayinchy, you will have to get help from the locals to hike to the waterfall, or else you can hire a jeep which can get you to the fall area. 

Activities Around

Attractions Near Keezharkuthu waterfalls

Palkulam Medu

Palkulam Medu

6.58km from Keezharkuthu waterfalls

Pristine green hills, verdant valleys and a small infinity pool on top overlooking the valleys and mountains of the Western Ghats.

Thommankuthu Waterfalls

Thommankuthu Waterfalls

8.03km from Keezharkuthu waterfalls

Thommankuthu Waterfall is not a single fall, but a series of waterfalls set in a 12 km hiking stretch on river Kaliyar. The falls are inside the forest with each having pools at its bottom which are good for a dive. The falls are situated in the Idukki District of Kerala State in Southern India.

Anachadikuth Waterfalls

Anachadikuth Waterfalls

9.55km from Keezharkuthu waterfalls

It is a lesser-known waterfall situated in the Idukki district. With the low depth and low rush of water, it is one of the safest waterfalls in Kerala.

Thumbithullum Para

Thumbithullum Para

10.79km from Keezharkuthu waterfalls

An intense hike of 2.5 kilometers to immerse in the beautiful views of Western Ghat mountain ranges and valleys filled with mists.

Cheruthoni Dam

Cheruthoni Dam

11.18km from Keezharkuthu waterfalls

Third highest concrete gravity dam in India which is 138 metre tall and is constructed as a part of Idukki hydroelectric project along with the two other dams at Idukki and Kulamavu. One of the main Picnic spot and viewpoint in Idukki

Meenuliyan Para

Meenuliyan Para

11.29km from Keezharkuthu waterfalls

A huge rock rising over 4,000 feet with an evergreen forest on top of it. The peaks are covered in mist in rainy days but otherwise, you will be able to see the Periyar river flowing below as a silver stream, and parts of the city of Cochin far away.

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The Rainbow waterfalls at Keezharkuth, which cascades down a rock from a height of about 1500m above sea level is a breath taking attraction of this spot. The waterfalls can be seen throughout the year in full swing. The forest around this spot is home to various medicinal plants. Keezharkuth waterfall is an ideal place for rock climbing, mountaineering, camping and trekking. Simply the best choice for adventure junkies. 

Keezharkuth water falls also known as Rainbow Waterfalls located in the middle of thick and lush green forest in Idukki district, Kerala. Height is about 200ft and situated 1500m above the sea level.  One of the most popular, scenic and less crowded tourist spot in Kerala. Malayinchi is the nearest village. The waterfall perhaps one of the best gifts to the villagers of Malayinchi. The fall has a continuing source, hence the amount of water falling down the rocks remain constant throughout-the-year. Hugged by rolling hills that are covered in lush green forests, this place fascinates nature lovers as well as adventure seekers. For indulging in adventure activities like rock climbing, mountaineering and trekking, this is probably the greatest place. In conclusion simply the best place for the one can enjoy living in the lap of nature. 
There are tribal settlements along the way to waterfalls. Spending a day in there huts on top of the hills perhaps bring you the fascinating insights. Sunrise and set here are spectacular display of lights and shine over the hills and dales. 
It is significant to point that the vast verdant landscape around the waterfalls is a treasury to herbal and medicinal plants. Travellers will experience some of the extraordinary sightseeing tours as much as get enticed in the unique aroma. Keezharkuth is a destination for tourists not only from India but also from different corners of the globe.
Location and Surrounding
Visiting Rainbow Falls can absorb the entire day. It is a day well spent getting lost in refreshing sights and smells under the canopy of large trees. Keezharkuth is one of the top 10 waterfalls in Kerala. 
Nearby Attractions - Thommankuthu waterfall, Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls, Thekkady, Kumaly, Malankara reservoir, Mangala Devi Temple, Meenuli, Chellarkovil, Palkulamedu peak, Ramakalmedu peak and Kalvari Mount.
Apart from the waterfall, there are other trekking activities conducted in the nearby area. Interested? Contact Idukki District Tourism Promotion Council on - + 91 486 2232248

Opening Hours & When to visit

No specific opening hours, the best is to visit during day time.  Best time to visit this beautiful falls is from September to May. It is better to avoid rainy season as the water level might increase due to the rain. Slippery rocks and muddy path cause a bit of risk. 

1.	Wear appropriate footwear when hiking towards the waterfall (no sandals, no bare feet)
2.	Hydrate yourself, drink before hike, during hike and
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