Sunday, July 19, 2015

Unnamed waterfalls of Munnar

June 2015

I have been writing about the waterfalls of Munnar for past few weeks. Though I knew about these waterfalls, their grandeur surpassed all my expectations. While we were looking for the known waterfalls, many more appeared on the way. Most of them were seasonal waterfalls like a flower that blossoms at a particular period. But they have their unique beauty. The rest of the post gives a glimpse of these falls.

While climbing Bodi ghat from Theni in Tamil Nadu, The contrast between rain shadow and monsoon area is clearly visible. At the place where they meet together is a small waterfall.

After crossing over to Kerala, another waterfall makes its appearance. Its presence inside canopy of tress makes to easy to miss. It resembled Badamane Abbi falls that I saw in Yelaneeru few years ago.

Out of three entry roads to Munnar, Munnar-Kochi road has the maximum number of waterfalls. Below is one such waterfall.

How does it look from the road? Here is another snap.

A big unnamed waterfall is at Segulam village. We could not go near the falls as a dam was being constructed. This falls might have a name considering its size and amount of water.

Here is another falls. To get a clear view we had to climb a bit.

Munnar Udumalpet road passes through Eravikulam National Park and has its own list of water beauties. As the road gradually meanders down the valleys many waterfalls makes it appearance. The prominent among them was quite far from the road. There might be a way to reach the base of the falls but we did not give a try.

After getting down the hills, we again enter into rain show area. But there are streams that flow from hills of western ghat. At a place called Karimutty, a small waterfall can be seen. It is a kind of commercial waterfall going by the number of people nearby.

There were many more waterfalls that we saw along the way. Either we did not stop for lack of time or we suffered from “waterfall fatigue” few times!! And there are few inside Eravikulam National park. That requires another post.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lakkam waterfalls

28 June 2015

One of the waterfalls situated next to Munnar-Udumalpet road. It is hard to miss this falls as forest department has put huge boards mentioning about the waterfall on the road. An entrance fees needs to be paid to get into the falls.

There is another stage of this falls upstream. That requires additional permission from Forest Office. But they do not permit people to trek during monsoon season.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Nyayamakad waterfall at the entrance of Eravikulam National Park

28 June 2015

About 10 km from Munnar on Munnar-Udumalpet road stands a beautiful waterfall called Nyayamakad. It is easy to miss this falls but not the entrance of Eravikulam National Park. All you need to do is to park your vehicle at the parking lot and walk 100 meters back on the main road. The beautiful waterfall makes its appearance!! During monsoon you need to be content with seeing the falls from the road but post monsoon you can get down to the base. Nevertheless a beautiful falls that can be seen without much effort!!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Searching for elusive Sri Narayanapura waterfalls

27 June 2015

While driving towards Kuthumkal waterfalls, we saw a board about this waterfall. It was news for us as we had never heard its name. But keeping our destination in focus we drove towards Kuthumkal waterfalls. After visiting Kuthumkal falls, we decided to look for the new falls. Unfortunately, we had seen only one board about this falls on our way. Most locals were not aware of this falls but luckily there were few who knew about its existence. In the meantime, I managed to “catch” this falls in the map. Then it was pretty straightforward to reach the falls.

The final few km of the road was bad. We were not worried about bad roads as we could stop the vehicle and walk further but it would pose a problem if there is not enough space to reverse the vehicle. The locals encouraged us to proceed further on the road that was rough and slushy.

Temple next to the river
We reached a point where the river and the road came nearer. A brand new Temple was built next to the River. But there was only a cascade next to the Temple but not the waterfall. The river made a jump after the Temple which meant that the waterfall was somewhere down.

The falls must be somewhere down
From a picture, it looks easy to walk down the rocks and forest. But it is impossible to navigate through them unless we care less about our lives. The locals were of great help here. They said that we can driver further and then find a way to reach the base of the falls.

After driving for a km, we reached the place which seemed to be the base of the waterfalls. But then there was a resort constructed next to the river. What an amazing place to construct a resort!! The resort was completely deserted (Off season!!) and the only guy who was managing it did not bother when we said that we could use their property to see the falls. 

But we were not completely satisfied. We found that the river made another jump!! It was again impossible to walk next to river. The guy in the resort told us to go further on the road and take a detour at a certain point. Language was a problem here as we could not understand him completely. Nevertheless, we decided to walk further leaving our car behind. It was already getting dark and we were not sure how much time it would take to reach Munnar. It was a rainy and windy day. Many trees had fallen all along the route. So, we need to find a way quickly.

We walked for a km but could not find a way to get down to river bed. At one point, we decided to walk to a particular turn and return back if we do not get a clue on finding the path. But with luck was on our side that day, we did see a small path going down the valley. With great speed we got down the valley not minding the rains which had started to hit harder.

Our joy knew no bound as we saw the second stage of this beautiful waterfall. We could not spend much time as the time was not on our side. But we were content with what we had seen. It was an amazing way to end the day by seeing a waterfall that we never knew few hours ago!!

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Kuthumkal waterfalls – where few people visit

27 June 2015

The information about this waterfall was limited. Unlike other falls we visited in Munnar, this was away from the main highways and tourist circuit. So when we started from Adimali, the only help was from the map that we were using. We first headed towards Rajakkad, a small town in Idukki district. The road was rough at times and since it rained heavily that day, waterlogging was seen at many places. A tree had fallen on the way for which we had to wait for a while for the road to be cleared.

With the help of locals, we reached near the falls. The last few km was a series of hairpin bends on a narrow road. And then waterfalls appeared suddenly. Unlike other falls, we had to walk a bit to reach the base of the falls. Though this falls was unique in its own way, it resembled Sathoddi falls in Karnataka. We could not reach the base of the falls due to huge and slippery rocks.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Cheeyappara waterfalls in landslide area

27 June 2015

If you continue one km further from Valara falls towards Kochi, you will see Cheeyappara waterfalls falling majestically next to the road. It appears all of a sudden with a pleasant surprise.

Cheeyappara waterfalls though looks beautiful has a sad event associated with it. On August 6th 2013, a landslide that occurred led to the killing of six people. When we visited, the area looked clam with only trace of landslide being the warning boards erected by the authorities. 

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Valara waterfalls

27 June 2015

Valara waterfall is about 42 km from Munnar on Munnar-Kochi road. Reaching this waterfall is an easy task as it is situated next to the road. It is formed by a small stream called Thotti Aar which later joins Periyar River.

I have been trying to get some “smooth flow” of water in falls. I failed most of the times as I could not get a good shot without a tripod. This time I was armed with a tripod. The results were better though there is a long way to go. But I was constantly challenged by rains. I also looked like an odd man out among the crowd who were mostly taking selfie photographs with waterfall background. As it was my first experience with tripod, it think I was also equally conscious!!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Attukal falls – A multistep waterfall in a valley

27 June 2015

The deviation to this falls is about 7-8km from Munnar on Munnar-Kochi road at Pallivasal village. As you drive down the valley on the narrow road, it is hard to miss the falls on the other side of the valley. This view of the falls cannot be seen when you reach the base of the valley. Hence it makes sense to stop for a while and enjoy the falls. It is normal for this area to be covered by mist in Monsoon so ensure that you stop if the view is clear.

The road from main road to the base of the valley is about 2 km through a series of switchbacks. The road as mentioned is very narrow with sharp hairpin bends. At one of those turns, I had to reverse my car to turn fully!!

When you reach the bridge over the river, look at the places where you can park your vehicle. There isn’t much space on either side of the bridge. A small coffee shop is situated at the side of the falls. It is a good experience to enjoy the falls with a sip of tea or coffee.