Meenmutty Waterfalls: A must-visit destination for adventure tourists
The excitement of adventure tourism is what awaits the tourists visiting Neyyar Dam and Meenmutty. Mesmerizing forest beauty and charming scenary are add-ons to those reaching Meenmutty waterfalls. Make the most out of the trip by taking a visit to the Lion Safari Park and also Meenmutty camp. Meenmutty trekking is sure to gift you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.
The view of the water flowing from the thickets, slowly down the rocks and at last touching the ground is an absolute treat to the eyes of the beholder. The waters at Meenmutty are crystal clear exposing the Quartz sand and rolling stones underneath them. Only the visitors with special approval from the forest department are allowed entry to the waterfalls.
There are two routes to reach Meenmutty waterfalls. One way would be through Kottur to Kappukad and then through Athirumala to Meenmutty forest rest house by road. For adventure travelers, the second way would be the best choice. It would be by foot through the deep forests.
Transportation by boat is provided for the trekkers from Neyyar Dam to Kombai Cruise and they could reach Meenmutty waterfalls by foot from Kombai. Meenmutty is just 4 km away from Kombai. On the way, we could see elephant herds or sometimes wild buffaloes.
For those who crave adventure, there is a third route which would be even more eventful. It would be from Mayam in Amboori. There are boats at the Puravimala ferry to cross Neyyar dam reservoir. From the reservoir, you could reach the Kombai cruise by foot through the Puravimala tribal colonies. From here again there are boats going through the deep forest and finally reaching the waterfalls. But you may need to take prior permission from the forest department to travel these routes.
The forest department would send watchers as guides along with the trekkers for any help. You could return back to Neyyar by 5 pm if you start by 9 in the morning. There are accommodation facilities arranged by the forest department at both Kombai and Meenmutty, if one wishes to stay overnight.
The group comprising 5 to 10 members are usually given entry. The rate for a group of 5 would be Rs 5250 and for every extra person, an amount of Rs 1050 will be levied. Food will not be provided.
For pre-booking at the Neyyar Wildlife office, contact: 8547602955. Visit www.keralatourism.org for more details about the various travel packages to Neyyar, Meenmutty and nearby places.
As part of the free environment study camps for the students organized at Marakkunnam in Neyyar Dam by the forest department, the students would be offered forest trips and a visit to Meenmutty.