Aanayadikuthu beckons visitors
Aanayadikuthu in Idukki district is attracting tourists with its scenic splendours. The place is located a kilometre away from Thommankuth waterfall, a tourist centre.
The Aanayadi watefall is situated at the border of Vannappuram and Karimannur Panchayats.
Decades ago, wild elephants used to walk in a canal which existed near the waterfalls. The elephant herd which arrived from deep forests to quench their thirst during summer, used to go to the flat rock on the top of the waterfalls to drink water. An elephant lost balance during one such adventure and died. From that day onwards, the place was called Aanayadikuthu, old- timers say.
The waterfall passes through Kambakkanam and Neykuthanal. A concrete bridge has been constructed for tourists to walk by enjoying the sights. The forest near the waterfalls is a haven for monkeys and different types of birds. The beautiful rock formations provide a resting place to the tourists.
However, certain areas of the waterfalls are very dangerous. Locals say that if the authorities prepare a project after careful consideration of the dangerous places, Aanakuthu can also be turned into an excellent tourist centre along with Thommankuthi.