Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thommankuthu Waterfalls and Eco-Tourism

Thommankuthu in Idukki district of Kerala welcomes visitors with its wild beauty. Located 17 km from Thodupuzha, Thommankuthu offers a great opportunity for jungle trekking.

You can trek up hill, up till you reach the source of the river. There are also some tribal settlements, which you can reach via Thommankuthu.

A Scene from Thommankuthu
The rock-filled river offers a mesmerising experience. On our way up, we saw a steep, well-shaped rock. My friends challenged me to climb the rock. I said climbing the rock is no problem, but climbing down will certainly be a big problem. Such is the shape of the rock. If you run from top of the rock, you will lose control, unless someone else can catch and stop you. Then again, I challenged myself to climb the rock. You feel like running down, but the slope is steep and you cannot stop running until you fall into the river in front. I came down slowly, as if crawling down.

The enormous rocks challenge you and intimidate you. You feel like climbing every rock. Behind the rocks are some caves, some of them accessible only through the river.

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From atop a waterfall in Thommankuthu, Kerala
There are 10 or 12 waterfalls in the river. With proper precautions, you can take a bath above or below the waterfalls. The water is fresh, cold and inviting.

Big rocks - an attractive feature of Thommankuthu falls

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