Sunday, August 24, 2014

WATERFALLS OF PALAKKAD DISTRICT

Palakkad District which consists of 90 Panchayats and 4 Municipalities is very beautiful with its extensive Paddy fields,groves of Palm trees,hills, Rivers,Streams etc.It is a Potpourri of Tamil and Kerala culture since it is one of the oldest settlements of Tamil Brahmins in Kerala.
There are several tourist spots in this district and nearby areas.
Palakkad Fort, which is an old Granite Fort made by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766 is worth visiting.
Malampuzha Dam and Gardens is a largely attracted tourist spot in Palakkad.The Dam and beautifully landscaped Garden,Swimming pool,Boating and Fishing Facilities,Aerial Rope-way across the garden,Telescope tower etc delights the visitors.
Parambikkulam Wild Life Sancturay which is situated 110 K.M. away is sprawled across 285 Sq.km and this sanctuary is home to rare fauna.The oldest Teak tree can be visited here.Boating/cruising facilities are available at the reservoir.
'Nelliampathy Hill Station' which is 40 K.M. from Palakkad is enchanting.About 10 hairpin bends have to be negotiated on the ghat roads through evergreen forest to reach here which would be a fascinating experience.The hill station is 1467 M to 1572 M above sea level.
'Silent Valley National Park' is 40 K.M from Palakkad.The 89.52 Sq.km National Park is the sole serving bit of Virgin evergreen forest where very rare plant and animal species are found. 
'Killikkurissi Mangalam- at Lakkidi is the birth place of Poet Kunchan Nambiar who have an important place in Malayalam Literature and also he is remembered as the creator  of 'Ottan Thullal' dance.The poet's house is preserved as a monument by State Government.
'Chittoor Gurumadham' is the monument in Chittoor-Palakkad to the Poet 'Thunchathu Ezhuthachan' who is known as the 'Father of Malayalam Language'.
"Jainamedu Jain Temple' which is an ancient Jain Temple is visited by tourists
and is not far from the Railway Station.
Kalpathy Ratholsvam- The annual festival famous for the 'Temple Car' is a great tourist attraction.

MEENVALLAM WATERFALLS









Meenvallam Waterfalls which originates in the Western ghats in the Thuppanadu river falls drop  step by step from a height of 5 to 45 metres
and  many of them are difficult to access through the dense  forests and trekking on the steep rocks.The tenth waterfall, the last one is enough to entice.If the rocks are dry, one can climb up to a couple more.1.5 km trek to the waterfall and crossing a small river on the way would be enjoyable.Best time to visit is from October to May.
Nearnest Railway Station is at Palakkad 29 km.Nearest Airport Coibatore is 55 km.
DHONI WATERFALLS


Dhoni Waterfalls  is visited by large number of tourists and it is a beautiful but small waterfall.It is atop a small hill and the visitors has to trek  3 hours to reach it.The cascade is refreshing and the whole area  has attractive scenic beauty.The visitors can refresh in the pool of the waterfall also.Trek from Dhoni waterfalls to Malampuzha can be done through the forest with permission from the forest authorities.
There are yet other small but beautiful waterfalls at Attapady areas and at Nelliampathy also.











Nearest Railway Station Palakkad is 15 km and Kochi International Airport is 153 km. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WATERFALLS OF KOZHIKODU DISTRICT

Kozhikode  remained  predominant from very ancient times due to some unique features and  during those days became famous as 'Malabar' and had trade relationships with several Asian countries, African countries etc.Ships from China and Middle East Countries used to visit  frequently  the ancient ports of Malabar coast such as 'Kodungallur'.






In modern age also Kozhikode entered history as the place were 'Vasco Da Gama' landed.In 1498 May Vasco Da Gama landed at 'Kappad'beach of Kozhikode.
There are several beautiful Temples,Mosques and Churches,Palaces  in Kozhikodu District.
'Mananchira Square,Kappad Beach,Sarovaram Park,Reginal Science Centre and Planetarium,Museums,kuttiadi Dam which is one of the biggest and beautiful dam in Kerala, etc are some of the places to be visited here.
The sweets of Kozkikodu is very famous and visitors buy them in large quantities especially 'Halwa' which has earned tremendous popularity.
'Mithai Theruvu'(SM Street which is  Sweet Meat street) in Kozhikodu is having lot of sweet shops.
The backwaters of this district is also very beautiful.
'Kozhikodu Biriyani' is also very much liked and has earned much prestige.


KOZHIPPARA WATERFALLS

Kozhippara waterfalls is situated in Muthradam river in  the Kozhikodu-Malappuram border and  it is in a lush green surroundings.An ideal spot for  adventurous people for trekking.It is one of the less exploited place and is very  beautiful.

VELLARIMALA WATERFALLS

Vellarimala Waterfalls in Kozhikodu is a beautiful location with verdant rolling landscapes,numerous brooks,cascades and breathtaking waterfalls and the whole area with serene beauty immerse you in a state of happiness which has to be experienced.River 'Kanjirampuzha' a tributory of  'Chaliar' flows through terrains, rocks creating cascades and this beautiful waterfall.It is an ideal picnic spot and trekking is possible and visitors can climb up to the hill to have a good view of the waterfall.

THUSHARAGIRI WATERFALLS


Thusharagiri Waterfall in Kozhikodu is the most important and more popular waterfall in the district.This scintillating waterfall and the velvet green landscapes makes this an ideal place for trekking.
The streams emerging from the Western Ghats meet here to form river 'Chaliyar'.The river diverges into three waterfalls creating a snowy mist and hence the name 'Thusharagiri'.In Malayalam 'Thushram' means snow and 'Giri' is hill or mountain.Out of the three the highest waterfall is 'Thenpara' which has a height of 75 metres.
It is situated around 50 km from Kozhikodu and the nearest town is 'Kodencherry' which is 11 km from Thusharagiri.'Thiruvampady' town is 18 km away.






Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WATERFALLS OF WAYANAD DISTRICT

With abundance of dense forests, tea estates, green valleys, hills etc Wayanad district is very spectacular.
The important places in this district are 'Sulthan Batheri,Kalpetta,Mananthavady and Meppady.












There are several interesting tourist spots in this district like 'Wild Life Sanctuary at Muthunga and Tholpetty.Muthunga is 18 km south of Sulthan Batheri and Tholpetti is to the north.The Sanctuary is part of 'Project Elephant' and tourists may be lucky to see herds of elephants roaming freely across the various ranges.Prior permission is needed to visit the place.
Pookot fresh water lake with an area of 8.5 hectares and located at three kilometres from Vythiri is a splendid sight.The lake and the verdant greenery of the rolling hills add to the beauty of this place.
'Kuruva Dweep(Kuruva Island)  which is situated 17 km from Mananthavady is a beautiful picnic spot which is an island of 950 acres of wooded forest area which houses myriad of birds, butterflies of many species, rare herbs and  orchids.
Boat rides and bamboo raft rides are attractions here.
Banasura Sagar Dam, the largest earth dam in India which is made up of massive stacks of stones and boulders is visited by tourists in large numbers.It is situated 15 km from Kalpetta.
Waterfalls of Wayanad District

MEENMUTTY FALLS


Meenmutty Waterfalls which is situated 29 km from Kalpetta is the most spectacular and the second largest waterfall in the state.It is the largest waterfall in Wayanad district.The water cascade down from a height of 1000 feet.
Two kilometres hike is needed through green forest is needed to reach this waterfall and it would be a thrilling experience.Visitors can trek to the top of the waterfall if they like to.

SOOCHIPPARA WATERFALLS


Soochippara means needle like rocks.It denotes the needle like sharp spikes of the rocks at the base of the waterfalls.
The water falls from a height of 650 feet and it is three  staged falls.Trekking to the first level of the falls is longest and easy but trekking to the second and third will be risky.From the waterfall location  aerial view of the tea plantations will be  a fascinating sight.The waterfalls and the surrounding area of thick forest will be liked by all visitors.
Those who love trekking can climb 'Neelimala' hills which is reachable from Sulthan Batheri and Kalpatta.The view of surrounding area and nearby Meenmutty waterfalls will be an unforgettable experience.
The highest peak in the region is 'Chembra Peak' which is near 'Meppadi' and it is 2100 metres high.Many tourists climb up the peak to the top and camping on the top is also possible.It will take one day for climbing up and down the peak and the views of surrounding areas will be very beautiful exhilarating sights.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

WATERFALLS IN TRICHUR DISTRICT

Trichur (Trissur)   District of Kerala is world famous as the venue of 'Trissur Pooram'  festival which attracts large number of tourists every year.Trissur is known as the 'Cultural Capital' of Kerala State.

ATHIRAPALLY WATERFALLS


Athirapally waterfalls which is situated in the Atirapally Panchayat of Trissur District is near the Vazhachal Forest division and it is located  in Chalakudi River.This waterfall which cascade down  from at a height of 80 feet is a splendid  sight and it is known as  'The Niagra of India'.The Chalakkudi River surges around big rocks and falls down in three separate plumes here, and there is pavement through bamboo grooves to the top to have a marvelous view of the Waterfalls and the exquisite beauty of the surroundings.
The Chalakudi River below the waterfalls will be turbulent for further one kilometre in its course.In this river large varieties of fishes are living and in the 'Athirapally, Vazhachal forest area' near the waterfall has wildlife such as 
Elephant,Tiger, Leopard,Bison,Sambar etc and also the rare species  of 'Lion Tailed Macaque'.
In this forest all the four species  of Indian Hornbills are found.The Great Hornbill (The State Bird of Kerala), Malabar Pied Hornbill,Malabar Grey Hornbill and Indian Grey Hornbill are seen here.This place is best to find most animals in the wild.
The journey from Chalakudy town to Athirapally Waterfalls will also be a wonderful experience since it passes through lovely lush green villages and the sights and winding roads make it a thrilling journey.
Chalakudi is the nearest Railway station from the waterfalls at 30 km away.Kochi International Airport is 55 km away.City of Trichur is 58 km away.
The beauty of this water fall and the nearby places attracts film makers also and had been location for several feature films in Malayalam,Tamil and Hindi.

VAZHACHAL WATERFALLS





Vazhachal Waterfalls is also in Chalakkudi River and it is five kilometres  away from Athirapally Waterfalls. It is also in the Athirapally Panchayat area.
This waterfall  attracts tourists in large numbers.

CHARPA FALLS

This is  a small waterfall which lies between Athirapally and Vazhachal falls.


It would be active only during rainy season and when there is abundant water in the river but may dries up in the summer.It is situated  very near the road and the mist of water would fall on the passengers and visitors who stand to view it near.Tourists proceeding to Athirapally waterfalls will have a stop over at this beautiful spot.