Explore Thommankuthu Waterfalls, Idukki – An Eco Tourism Centre of Kerala
Those who love to visit places with waterfalls, heavy streams, and natural beauty, then Thommankuthu is the best place where you can see all three at one place.
Thommankuthu waterfalls is located in Idukki District of Kerala State. It comes under Kerala Forest Department, Kothamangalam Division, Kaliyar Range. Kannadiyaru is the name of the river flowing through Thommankuthu. It starts 20kms inside the Plakkulam forest area and flowing through the Kaliyar forest.
It is believed that the name “Thommankuthu” derived from one tribal leader “Thumban” who was washed away in the river. Main attraction of the river is the chain of waterfalls and mysterious caves. During the Monsoon Season in Kerala, one could see both the beauty and the rage of the river.
Kerala Forest Department has arranged all basic facilities for the tourists in Thommankuthu. Visitors will be greeted by the reception, which is being managed by local staff. An entry ticket is required for the entry in the Forest. It is available in the counter and entry ticket fee is Rs 20 per adults and Rs 10 for the children. After entering in the forest, there is one interpretation centre available where all the details about the forest, spotting of animals etc are given by the staff.
There are three main waterfalls in Thommankuth. For the first waterfall one should walk 600m from the entrance, next is 1km far from the first waterfall. The last one called Ezhunilakuthu. There are few waterfalls above the Ezhunilakuthu, but to see that one need to walk again quite a distance which would be stressful. The authorities have built a wooden watch tower which is quite useful for the bird watchers.
The best time to visit Thommankuthu is from Jun to Nov. Thommankuthu is an uprising tourist attraction and a splendid place to visit. This place is not idle for visit during summer time when the river bed is dry from Feb to May.
Activities in Thommankuthu
The waterfall and stream is live after the monsoon in Kerala. During the heavy monsoon time, the river overflows and the three waterfalls become live. Bathing, crossing the river etc are completely banned during Jun and Jul.
Trekking in Thommankuthu
Eco Tourism Centre set up by Kerala Forest Department provides trekking facilities. Trekking is available for minimum group of 5 and it cost Rs 1000. A tourist guide will be provided. Trekking starts at 9am and available till 5pm. Common spotting during the trekking are – wild elephants, goats, sambar, largest butterfly, Draco – dragon tailed flying lizard etc. Trekking can be booked in advance or on reaching at the place.
Resorts in Thommankuthu.
There is only one budget resort at Thommankuthu. Wild water resort, which have 16 rooms with A/c and Non A/c rooms. Approximate cost of the room is Rs 4500 (excluding tax) with breakfast. An in house restaurant provides homely food for the tourists. A small river also flowing in front of the resort.
How to Reach Thommankuthu
To reach Thommankuthu, one need to reach Thodupuza town. It is only 21kms to Thommankuthu. One needs to take a turn from Karummannoor Jn. Since the width of the road is not more than 14-15ft, going by bus from Karummannoor to Thommankuth is not possible.
Nearest railway station: Aluva Station (57kms), Kottayam (72kms)
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport
Nearest town: Karimanoor, Vannapuram, Thodupuzha
Thommankuthu Distance From Below Places
Kerala Forest Department,
Eco tourism Centre,
Phone no. – 04762247591, 8547601302/06