Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Karimutty Waterfalls, Marayur

Karimutty Waterfalls

Following Thoovanam, we checked the Karimutty waterfalls on our travel to Munnar. The beautiful, fresh and natural waterfall is located on the end of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and 3km earlier to Marayur, the only town between Munnar and Udumalpet – from where we started our journey. The waterfall makes an impressive fall right next to the road and one could get a full view from the bridge across the waterfalls.

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Few kms ahead to the waterfalls, we saw the water flowing down the mountains through thick vegetation and grasslands and the water is believed to have medicinal values as it passes through lot of herbs. Since it was slightly wet and drizzling weather, the waterfall makes feel cool and refreshing. There is a stair leading down to the waterfalls, provide a secure platform for people who desire to take bath and beside the falls there’s a room which I believe to be built for changing cloths.

Star Tortoise Eco Shop

Adjacent to the waterfalls, there’s a huge sculpture of an Indian Star Tortoise. I actually thought it was built to enhance the waterfalls but we find it was an Eco shop with an opening in the side, sells products made by the local tribal communities. The eco-shop also sell tea, coffee, biscuits and snacks along with some organic and herb products with the help of forest department. The Indian Star Tortoise structure here marks the existence of the endangered species more on the rivers along the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

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My dad stood at the side of the falls, and our car parked aside the road (pic right above) and water running down across the bridge on other side of the waterfall 
This place is also facilitated by homestays and accommodation in forest guest house, from where one could take forest trek to Thoovanam waterfalls and Ancient dolmens and rock paintings date back to the Stone Age. Marayur is the only place in Kerala that has natural sandalwood forest from where one could learn more on the fragrant trees and is also popular for jiggery. Karimutty waterfall is located at a height of 500 meter, is a tributary to Pambar River flowing through the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

9 comments:

L. D. said...

That would be a wonderful sight to see and to hear. We really have no falls in our areas except the small creeks that tumble through some hilling crevasses. I really like the turtle sculpture. The is so large and exciting to see

Karen S. said...

Oh my thank you for sharing such lovely and incredible photos, I really enjoyed them.

Twilight Man said...

This is so interesting post as I love that long trails of natural waterfalls. So beautiful and refreshing to bathe there! I love their icy cold water to soak.
I am surprised to hear about the local tribal community there. I need to read more about the history and culture of your country.

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous photo of those magnificent falls and awesome turtle photo ~ love it!

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Nancy Chan said...

I always love the sound of waterfall! Lovely place to visit!

Betsy Adams said...

WOW.... You know how much I love waterfalls.... That is AWESOME... And that Tortoise looks REAL... Someone did a fantastic job creating that one...

Thanks for sharing...
Hugs,
Betsy

Anonymous said...

I love waterfalls, the way they look and sound! This one is beautiful, the way it seems to split in two. The Eco shop is fascinating - I never would have guessed the turtle structure was so large!

Elsie Amata said...

Oh my gosh! That waterfall is absolutely gorgeous! It looks like it's out of a movie! And that turtle - wow! Just amazing. I love it. Your country is filled with such beautiful sights, Jeevan. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Elsie

Lady Fi said...

So lovely and lush!