Thoovanam Waterfalls - 5 Things to Know Before Visiting
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Things to know
About Thoovanam Waterfalls
Hike to the waterfall through the forests of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Thoovanam Waterfalls, the 25 meter tall falls is located on Pambar River and best accessed by a hike through the woods of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.
A 4 km hike from Alampetty Checkpoint is required to reach the waterfalls. The checkpoint is where the visitors have to purchase the entry tickets as well. The hike requires a forest guard to accompany the visitors at all the times as the hike is through forest and serene nature. The hike offers a chance to have encounters with some of the rare animals such as Giant Grizzled Squirrel which is protected by the forests of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Exploring Thoovanam Waterfalls
The fall is refreshing and charming even from a distance. It is situated in the Pambar River which flows through Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary watering its forests and the animals.
The trail towards the falls are well cleared and adorned with hills and descents and huge trees. Even though this part of the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary sits in the Wester Ghat Mountains, it is in the rain shadow region having a distinctly different climate from what is experienced in the rest of Kerala State. When Kerala gets drenched in the monsoon rains, Chinnar remains dry. Even the plants and trees flower in different times of the year as compared to rest of Kerala. The trail also offers a chance to have encounters with wild animals such as elephants, Giant Grizzled Squirrels, numerous types of butterflies and birds.
As you reach the end of the trail, the rumblings of the waterfall can be heard from a distance. Near the falls, the Pambar River rages beneath the pathway, and bamboo forests cover the vicinity. The water falls from a height of 25 meters covering the surrounding area in mists. The water flowing through the river will be cool and the rocks and crevices in the river bed are very slippery. It is difficult and dangerous to get under the waterfall due to the force of the thundering waters.
More trekking options and accommodations
The checkpoint offers multiple options for activities in addition to the hike to Thoovanam Waterfalls. You can either hike to the Dolmens of Marayoor or camp inside the sanctuary. If you are planning to spend one or two days in the sanctuary, then you can stay on tree houses and jungle cottages and dormitories. They are cheap but only basic amenities are available.
Reaching to Thoovanam Waterfalls
The waterfalls is located 6 km from the nearest town Marayoor in Idukki District of Kerala State in Southern India. Alampetty Checkpoint where the hike to the waterfall starts situates on Munnar- Udumalapet highway. It is connected by buses from Marayoor. Marayoor is accessible by buses from Munnar and the nearest major railway station is in Aluva from where there are direct buses to Munnar.
Attractions Near Thoovanam Waterfalls
Muniyara - Anakottapara Park
4.3km from Thoovanam Waterfalls
The Muniyara Dolmens are magnificent prehistoric dolmens, situated in Marayoor, Idukki. The tourists trek through the area of Muniyara to reach 15 different types of Dolmens, which belongs to the Neolithic Age, i.e. between 3000 BC and 14000 BC.
Anamalai Tiger Reserve
16.99km from Thoovanam Waterfalls
Earlier known as Indira Gandhi Wildlife sanctuary is a protected area in the Annamalai hills of Pollachi and Walparai. It would be a wonderful experience to visit this place and enjoy the serene nature and climate, and to know about the animals and their habitat.
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What Visitors Say About Thoovanam Waterfalls
This waterfall looks somewhat like the famous Athirappilly Waterfalls, but smaller. You have to trek 6 km through the forests of Chinnar to reach the falls. The forests are said to be an easy place to spot wild animals but since we were in the off season, we did not see any apart from the Lion Tailed Macaques. The trek is alright, not so steep or anything and you will have to cross around four rivers while on the way to the falls. You can even swim in them so bring towels if you want to do that. For sure it will be an awesome experience. The trek starts from the forest office at Alampetty from where the passes will be issued. There will be a forest guard who follows you throughout the hike as the place is frequented by elephant herds and other animals. The fall, at the end of the 3 km long trail is a large and fierce one and you cant bath anywhere near it, its too dangerous. The forests was lush green while we visited but I hear that it is not the case always. Most times of the year it is pretty dry.