Idukki, Kerala 685602, India
The waterfall located inside forest, falling from a height of 60 meters and accessible by hiking.
Location of Keezharkuthu waterfalls
More about Keezharkuthu waterfalls
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.