Adventure tourism is one among the top leisure trips which allure the youth. Among these, waterfalls are one of the most favourite spots, no matter how dangerous or challenging they are. Pampanal waterfall is one among these challenging, adventurous spot which is a magnet for tourists in the rainy season when the rainwater feeds to form a huge, roaring falls.
At the falls in Manathoor-Karimkunnam shortcut road, Manathoor near Thodupuzha, the water falls down with all its power through the rock, creating a series of falls, big and small. Some of these falls also create plunge pools which are the most preferred spots of the day-trippers as the pure water creates a clean natural swimming pool. Taking a shower under the fall is also common here as some of these falls touch the ground with much lesser power creating a shower effect.
According to the people there, the name ‘Pampanal’ came from the shape of the biggest among the rocks which create falls which is in the shape of a snake’s hood. This rock is not clearly visible now because of the increased water level due to the continuous rain and some of those places near the fall are now agricultural land. The name still carries with it the majestic legacy of a gigantic waterfall through the biggest and most famous of all the falls among the string.
Visitors are attracted to this area not just because of the waterfalls, but also because the place is a real treat for the eyes. Tarred road ends and then comes the off-road driving, which also would end soon and from there the people have to walk up the hill to enjoy the falls. Small muddy paths to the right side of the main road, which is also a bigger muddy track, takes us to different levels of the falls. This walk through the area is even more beautiful when it is raining and all that we can do is to enjoy the shower and take a dip in the pool in the plunge.
The road to Pampanal from the Manathoor-Karimkunnam Shortcut Rd, Manathoor is known as the waterfall road and there are no many people here and among those who are there are farmers and plantation workers (pineapple and rubber). The most important of all these valuables is the calm, silent nature which has a musical effect to relax our minds with the sound of flowing water.
The real potential of this area is not yet utilized perhaps because of the private land around the falls or because of some other reasons. Whatever the hurdle is the development of this area as a popular tourist destination has so much to do there.