September 5, 2010

Waterfalls of Courtallam

Courtallam, a small town, located near Tirunelveli city of South India, is very popular due to its nine waterfalls. The most important waterfalls in Courtallam is called as "Main Falls" aka "Peraruvi". As the name suggests, this is the main waterfalls of Courtallam town, and is located at the center of the town. The ancient Kuttralanathar temple is located near this waterfalls. During the season time, you can find hundreds and thousands of people in this waterfalls. You can hardly find water in the other waterfalls of Courtallam during off-season. However, you can still find at least a little amount of water in Main Falls almost throughout the year. Not all the tourists visit all the waterfalls of Courtallam. However, no one misses Main Falls for sure.

On the way to Shenbaga Devi Falls
There is a trekking route goes above main falls. On the way, you can find the second waterfalls of the town, which is called as "Chittraruvi" aka "Small falls". As the name indicates, this waterfalls is very small. If you trek for another 3 kms through the forest and streams, you will reach to Shenbaga Devi Falls. This is a beautiful and huge waterfalls in the midst of forest. If you trek for another two kms above this watefalls, you can reach Thenaruvi aka "Honey Falls". It is difficult trekking route and nowadays public are not allowed.

About 1 km from Main Falls, there is another falls named "Old Falls" aka "Pazhaiya Aruvi". This is one of the popular waterfalls of Courtallam. Near this waterfalls, there is a small waterfalls named Puli Aruvi aka "Tiger Falls". Near Old Falls, there is a little known waterfalls named "Pudhu Aruvi" aka "New Falls". It requires around 2 kms of walking to reach the place.

In another route, there is another waterfalls named "Five Falls" aka Aindaruvi. You can find the water falling into five different falls here, and hence it is called as "Five Falls". Near Five Falls, inside the Government orchard, there is a waterfalls named "Orchard Falls" aka "Pazhath thotta aruvi". You have to get special permission to visit this waterfalls.

Courtallam Mountain
If you travel out of this city, within the limit of Kerala state, there is a waterfalls named "Palaruvi" aka "Milk Falls". Even though this is not in Courtallam town, few people consider this as the ninth waterfalls of Courtallm. (This is mainly due to the fact that they are not aware of "Pudhu Aruvi" (New Falls).

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
City Name: Courtallam

Highlights:
1) Courtallam is full of waterfalls
2) One of the five important adobes of Lord Nataraj
3) A temple having only paintings without any idols
Location: 55 kms from Tirunelveli; 6 kms from Tenkasi; Located in the Southern part of Tamil Nadu state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Tenkasi
Nearest Airport: Madurai (around 200 kms)
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, or Madurai
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Courtallam and Tenkasi
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in Courtallam and Tenkasi


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