April 5, 2013

The Waterfalls of Thusharagiri...!!




I was riding through Wayanad when Thusharagiri beckoned (Thusharam- white snow, giri- hill). I have heard the name many times before but never been to it. Kerala tourism has made it an eco tourism project with a lot of trekking options besides the falls. Visitors inflow has also been on the higher side ever since. The falls which were earlier visited only by the locals and people from Kozhikode now attracts visitors from other places too.

After an enjoyable misty ride through the curvaceous Thamarassery ghats, I took a deviation from Adivaram to Thusharagiri. The next 10 kms was through narrow roads lined with rubber, arecanut and spice plantations . It was green and misty everywhere. Large hills loomed up at every corner and the ride was blissful through the lap of nature.


I was surprised to find myself as the first visitor of the day. Even the information centre was not open when I reached Thusharagiri eco tourism project at 9 am. It was a small walk past a couple of tiny water trickles to reach first of the many falls, Erattumukku waterfalls. Two rivulets join here to form River Chalippuzha and hence the name Erattumukku. If not keen on trekking, this is the only falls one can enjoy. There is a hanging bridge in front of the waterfalls from where one can get a good vista of the falls and if you turn around, it is a carpet of greenery everywhere. Cascading from a good height, the waterfalls look gorgeous even from a distance. It very much seemed like white snow sliding along the black rock background. One can walk across to the falls and have a thunderous bath under it. With no soul in the vicinity I was not sure about going under the falls. Time constraint also pushed me to avoid the bath and return back. 



To do justice to Thusharagiri, one must keep aside a full day for the falls and the trek through the forest cover. From Erattumukku one can trek up 400 meters further to reach the next waterfalls called Mazhavilchattam (Rainbow falls). Bathing under this falls is dangerous and visitors need to be extra cautious before taking the plunge. A kilometer of further trekking takes you to Thumbithullum para (Thumbi- dragon fly, para- rock), the third waterfalls. In addition to the falls, there is also a natural pool where one can enjoy a refreshing dip. Another kilometer through the greenery and you reach Thonikkayam (Thoni- boat). Here water is stagnant in the shape of a boat and hence the name. The best time to visit the place would be immediately after the monsoons when the water is ferocious and at its best. Make sure to pack delicious lunch from the famous Johnettan's shop near the information centre before you begin the trek.

When I reached back the information centre, the office was open and I had second thoughts about taking a package tour and hiring a guide to trek into the forest. However, I put the thoughts aside and rode back through the winding roads to Wayanad.

Signing Note- Thusharagiri is a trekkers delight with the waterfalls adding charm and freshness to the verdant forest.

Route- 
Sulthan Bathery- Kalpetta- Vythiri- Adivaram- Thusharagiri (60 kms)

Kozhikode- Kunnamangalam- Thamarassery- Adivaram-    Thusharagiri (54 Kms)


46 comments:

  1. It indeed looks like a lovely place!

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  2. Looks calm and peaceful... Great shots...

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  3. Nice place....... Lovely waterfalls.........

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    Kenfolios

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  4. I had visited Edakkal Caves and Pukott lake, but could not visit these amazing waterfalls due to lack of time, and hope to see them in the next visit. Wayanad has plenty of natural wonders!

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    1. Do make it next time you visit that part of the country.

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  5. Beautiful waterfall shots! Seems to be a nice place.

    http://renuka-mytraveldiary.blogspot.in

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  6. Wayanad is very fascinating. I visited a couple of times, the place is very refreshing.
    Regards,
    Jahid
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  7. Beautiful waterfalls! Had never heard of it!

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    1. It is quite an unknown falls outside Kerala, but a wonderful one.

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  8. Lovely unheard falls . Now i have got one more reason to visit Wayanad again .

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    1. It is a must visit and keep a full day aside for this.

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  9. Lovely place . But need to take a dip inside. So tempting.

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  10. I love trekking in such greeny mountains..Have done a lot of it here. Kerala being god's own country, must be amazing to trek. The pictures and waterfalls are looking gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you. Trekking in these forests would be wonderful.

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  11. Lovely waterfalls. Indeed a peaceful place.

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  12. Would love to visit this place!

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  13. Very beautiful pictures...but Southern India is still beyond the reach :-(

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    1. Thank you. No place is beyond the reach.

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  14. Wonderful. I've been to Waynad, but not to this falls. Need to visit again!

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    1. Not very well known outside Kerala. :)

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  16. The waterfalls looks very inviting....

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    1. The whole place is refreshing and inviting. :)

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  17. The second pic reminded me of the unruly braid of Lord Shiva and the Ganges tied to it....beautiful pic and memorable visit for you must be!

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    1. That is an awesome observation. I did have a very memorable time. Thank you.

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  18. Superb article with lovely pictures.

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