The state of Kerala has been mesmerizing visitors from India and across the globe for decades with its exotic natural beauty. The gushing falls with its incredible flora and fauna have become a spectacular tourist destination in Kerala. It is also considered as one of the best trekking locations in the region.
Located in the Idukki district of Kerala, Cheeyappara Waterfalls falls between Kochi and Munnar. It is closer to the places Neriamangalam and Adimali, about 10 km away from the Madurai-Kochi National highway 49. Being closer to the highway, you can easily locate it while travelling by cab.
The Sensational Charm of the Waterfalls
The origin of the falls is a descend from the River Deriyar, which starts from the majestic Western Ghats. Situated at a height of 1000 feet above sea level, it is surrounded by the dense evergreen forests. Several rare species of animals, birds, flowers and plants can be found in the adjacent lush green forests. The serenity of the place serves as a perfect walking trail in the vicinity of nature’s scintillating beauty.
The waters traverse across through seven steps of stone, creating an enchanting environment around. The splendid beauty of nature soothes the human heart and mind. It offers a complete relaxation from the anxieties and tensions of life. The tranquility transmits the human soul to a world of divinity and eternity.
The sound of the flowing waters splashing across the rocky floor creates a sensational feeling inside the mind. The waters are engulfed inside a vast stretching green valley at the opposite side of the falls. Due to its stunning beauty, the place has been gaining immense prominence as an eco-friendly destination. People often spend a day for picnic or trekking with family and friends. The trek routes and the walking trails normally originate from the waterfalls serving as the base camp for many trek or tour operators. If you want to explore the area on your own then you can reach the waterfalls and start on your trekking journey.
At the bottom of the waterfalls there is a pool for the tourists to engage in swimming or playing any water sports. You can relax and sit at the edge of the pool and immerse into the astonishing views of the falls.
Best time to visit Cheeyappara waterfalls
Monsoons or the rainy season is the best time to visit the Cheeyappara waterfalls. The falls are at its best with loud volumes of water descending down from the top. June, July and August are the preferable months to visit the falls. You can experience the scintillating beauty of the falls along with the surrounding lush greenery enhancing its magnificence.
You can also visit the falls during summer and winter, only the speed of the water will be comparatively less than the monsoons. The trekking path will be safe during summer with no slippery floor.
How to reach Cheeyappara waterfalls?
The nearest railway stations are Aluva and Angamali, situated at a distance of 108 km and 109 km respectively from Munnar. From Munnar, the waterfalls are located almost 42 km away. Buses and cabs are available to cover the distance on road.
The nearest airport is Cochi International Airport, 108 km away from Munnar. From Munnar you need to travel the rest distance on road to the falls.
The best option to reach the falls is from Munnar via a cab through the Aluva-Munnar road. You can enjoy the scenic beauty of the journey embellished with mountains, valleys, forests and waterfalls.
Traveler’s Tips for visiting the Cheeyappara waterfalls
There are few things to be remembered before visiting the waterfalls:
- Carry swimming attire as the crystal clear waters and the pool will definitely allure you for a cool dip into the waters
- Restrooms are available near the waterfalls
- Do not litter food items or water bottles near the falls since it is our responsibility to keep the area clean
- You may encounter some monkeys around, so it is better to be careful with your food items
- You may carry some snacks and water bottles but there are local food shops near the falls selling tea, coffee, fruits, snacks, chocolates etc. You must try the coconut water and especially the watermelons and pineapples sprinkled with some spicy masala.
- If you are planning for a trek then wear proper comfortable shoes and light clothes
- Apply sunscreen lotion and wear sunglasses and caps if you are visiting during the summer season. If you are visiting during the monsoons, then ensure to carry raincoats and umbrellas.
If you are planning for a trip to Kerala, do not miss out on Cheeyappara waterfalls from your bucket list. The breathtaking landscape encompassing the falls doubles its bewildering beauty. You will surely experience a memorable visit with your near and dear ones.