July 7, 2009

Iruppu Falls, Coorg

Iruppu Falls in Coorg is one of the most important waterfalls in Coorg region. The place is located at a distance of around 50 kms from Madikeri city. You can reach till the base of the hill in your vehicle. From there, you need to climb concrete steps and slightly rocky areas for about 0.75 km to reach the waterfalls. The entire path is densely wooded. There are seating areas on the way where you can sit, relax and enjoy the sight of the waterfalls.

Iruppu falls originates in the Brahmagiri hills, and presents a majestic sight with water cascading down from a height of 170 ft. The falls become a part of the Lakshmana Teerth river in the plains. The roaring waters of the Iruppu coupled with the picturesque surroundings make it a great picnic spot.

If you are a trekker, you can take the trek route (which is on the way to the waterfalls) which leads to the Narimale forest camp and then on to Brahmagiri peak. You have to get permission from the forest department for trekking.

Iruppu falls is also considered as a sacred place for Hindus. As per the legend, Lord Ram and Lord Lakshman passed through this place in search of Ram's wife Sita. Ram asked Lakshman to fetch some water. Lakshman shot an arrow into the hills and thus the river Lakshmana Tirth was originated, which descends into a waterfall (Iruppu falls). At the base of the hill, there is a temple for Lord Shiva (Rameshwara temple), which is believed to be installed by Lord Ram.

When you go to Coorg, don't miss this extraordinarily beautiful site. Till then...

Happy Travelling.

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1 comment:

  1. How to reach this place from Kushalnagar & does this place is on way to Kabini ?can you guide.