Karuvarakundu (Malappuram): The bed at the base of a waterfall that was a major centre of attraction for tourists was dumped with rocks and mud in a landslip. Keralamkundu waterfalls near Silent Valley National Park in the northeast border of the district was filled with sediments after the flash flooding following a landslide.
Keralamkundu waterfalls was included in the National Adventure Tourism Map in 2016. It is located in the valley of Koomban Mala at an altitude of 1350 feet. The waterfalls is featured with a cold weather even during summer. Keralamkundu is home to rare species of flora and fauna.
Though tourists keep coming here from different parts of the state, entry to the area is not allowed after the landslide. The entrance to the tourist spot and office building also partially collapsed as soil was dumped to a height of 5 feet in the mudslide.
The handrail of the footpath on the bridge built across the waterfalls also was damaged. The 15-metre-deep waterfalls turned into a small stream after it was dumped with mud and rocks.
Since the land is a steep ascent, it is hard to remove the sediments using excavator and other devices. The Sub collector visited the place on Monday and directed the DTPC secretary to look into the damages.