Kerala is an abode for spectacular beaches, beautiful hill stations, excellent wildlife sanctuaries, sparkling backwaters, revitalizing Ayurveda resorts, and wonderful adventure opportunities. However, the state has many less crowded yet fabulous places with unknown waterfalls such as Ponmudi, Nelliyampathy, Vagamon, Kalpetta, Thenmala, Poovar, Neyyar Dam, and many more.
Come on; let us quickly check some of the offbeat waterfalls of Kerala!
Ponmudi is a beautiful hill resort with green environment and narrow pathways among the enchanting hills of the Western Ghats. This tourist destination is ideal for trekking with small rivulets, eye-catching mountain flowers, and colorful butterflies. Ponmudi is covered with extensive tea plantations, green hills, valleys, and stunning waterfalls.
People who love mountain life can have a memorable experience to enjoy mountain climbing or trekking on Agasthayarkoodam, which is the highest peak in the area located at an altitude of 1868 feet above the sea level. There are many cottages, hotels as well as dormitory facilities in Ponmudi.
Some important places to visit near Ponmudi are
1 Golden Valley: A location with golden sand, crystal clear water and rich green valley. It can be an ideal place to relax.
2 Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary: Located near Peppara Dam on Karamana River with rich flora and fauna.
Nelliyampathy is known for its orange cultivation, tea gardens, and bio-farming. This hill station is famous for its pristine landscape and also for a wide range of thrilling activities such as trekking, boating, camping, and tea plantation visits.
A high 100 meters waterfall also attracts a lot of tourists. Some of the tourist attractions near Nelliyampathy are Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Nenmara Village, Nelliyampathy Hills, Padagiri, Raja’s Cliff, Palagapandi Estate, Malampuzha Gardens, Seetharkundu Viewpoint, and Pothundi Reservoir.
Vagamon is a serene and peaceful place in Kerala, an ideal place for travelers to unwind and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. This place is blessed with fabulous green mountains, rich pine forests, and cascading waterfalls.
Although Vagamon has a beautiful landscape and pleasant climate, it is one of the less known places in Kerala. Traveling through Vagamon is amazing to experience with rich pine forests, rolling terrains and green covered hills.
This destination is cuddled between 3 mesmerizing hills named Thangal, Murugan and Kurisumala. This hilly region has a cool climate and temperature varies from 10°C to 23°C during months of summer. Some of the nearest attractions near Vagamon are Kurisumala, Kurisumala Ashram, Pine Hill, Vagamon Meadows, Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary.
Kalpetta is a bustling town that attracts wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers known for its natural beauty. Trekkers can enjoy the panoramic views of a heart-shaped lake surrounded by pristine lands with dense forests.
There are many good hotels and resorts in Kalpetta that offers affordable accommodation. Some of the places to be visited near Kalpetta are Vythiri, Chembra Peak, Karapuzha Dam, Vaduvanchal, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Banasura Sagar Dam, Puliyarmala Jain Temple, Meenmutty Falls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, and Thirunelly Temple.
Thenmala is a good choice for travelers to visit as it is a first planned eco-tourism destination in India located in Kollam district. This place is blessed with rivers, waterfalls, dams, hillocks, deer park, and exciting adventure areas.
It is one of the favourite spot for nature lovers to explore along with activities such as trekking, biking, rope bridge, and mountaineering. You can easily find small restaurants throughout the area which serves beverages and snacks.
There are well-located and affordable accommodations at Thenmala like resorts, dormitories, cottages, restrooms, and camping sites. You can have your breakfast early morning and start your trip at this tourist spot with the adventure zone. Then you can visit the deer park after lunch and plan for butterfly safari in the evening. You can also watch the musical fountain after dusk. You can also get vehicles for sightseeing.
Well, these are some of the most exciting places with amazing waterfalls in Kerala which has to be visited during monsoon as these waterfalls would be swelling during this time. Enjoy the serene and pristine nature at its best in the God’s Own Country.