Idukki’s Kalachadikuthu Waterfalls: A beauty to behold


A tiny waterfall hidden amidst hills, not known to many, ripples with crystalline water in Kerala's Idukki district. 'Kalachadikuthu' waterfalls, known for its captivating beauty, got its name from a tale that an ox (Kala) had died here from jumping into the waterfall.

Cold yet clear water ripples through the rocks here. It is a perfect spot to leave behind the harsh realities of life and rejuvenate. Here, one would surely find it hard to resist the temptation to take a dip and swim in the stream. However, don't try to jump on to the rocks. It's too dangerous!

Adding to the enchanting view are the 'Manimaruthu' trees (crepe myrtle), the pride of India, covering the whole area with the charm of its pink flowers. Tourists can definitely enjoy a sumptuous lunch under its shade, alongside the joy of the alluring waterfall.

Check dam and footbridge

Once you go up, an intriguing view awaits you there. A check dam, built across the waterfall, about 1,200 feet above the sea level, for agricultural purposes. Nevertheless, it's advisable not to venture into the dam due to its slippery surroundings. Instead, look around and witness the flock of birds chirping in the rocks. A pleasing sight for the eyes!

Kalachadikuthu waterfalls

Originating from the Kattadikadavu hills, the stream to Kalachadikuthu waterfalls goes through a long, tiring journey before transforming into the astonishing beauty near Venmattam. From here, if you travel 2.5 km then you can reach Aanachadikuthu and Thommankuthu, two of the other popular tourist spots in the area.

Routes

⦁ Via Thodupuzha, Vandamattam and Mundanmudi
⦁ Via Karimannur, Thommankuthu and Vannappuram
⦁ Via Muvattupuzha, Pothanikkad - Paingottoor route and Vannappuram
⦁ Via Mundanmudi - Venmattam

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