Thoovanam Falls
Thoovanam Falls
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Lesley
Madurai, India40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
Drop at the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Office , for a fee of 125 Rs, a trekking guide will be assigned to you to come along with you on a 3 hr trip to and fro Thoovanam Falls. You ll have to take a 3 km forest walk to and fro Thoovanam falls. If you can speak Tamil, chatting with your guide will give you immense knowledge and affinity towards forest and it's ecosystem. Mostly Guides are Tribal people, where the Govt has assigned them these works to take people inside Thoovanam falls for their living. Must carry 2-3 Water bottles. You can stay there near Thoovanam Falls for 45 mnts max. But that would be the best 45 mnts of your entire lifetime, I assure you. No more details needed. It's worth it. ❤️. Once you return back to the sanctuary office back, please do try out the different types of tea available at the Alampetty Ethnic Cafe (pics attached). They are very good for a very reasonable rate, Which is also run by the tribal people. Must visit in a life time. Don't miss it. You have frequent buses.
Written March 29, 2020
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Rambler footsteps
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
It is a beautiful place to visit. Don't miss it guys.It is a 3km walk forest guard will come along with you to guide you. They are very friendly.On the way you can see sandal wood trees. It is a good treat for your eyes water falling from above is mermersing. To see a video of water fall. Please check in rambler footsteps youtube channel.
Note: Please don't throw plastic cover/bottles anywhere.
Written February 23, 2020
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ML NARESHKUMAR
Chennai (Madras), India35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
CHINNAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
STAY: THOOVANAM LOG HOUSE
DATE: 13th JULY to 14th JULY
BASE LOCATION: CHENNAI
MEMBERS: 2 COUPLES + 1 SIX YEAR OLD KID (4+1)
FOR DOUBTS & ASSITANCE: CONTACT ME AT 9884627374
BUDGET: 10k to 15k all inclusive

On friday night we took train from chennai, Train no. 22651 - Palakkad Express started at 21.40pm from chennai central. Reached Udumalpet railway station by 8.30am. Once we got down our cab to chinnar wildlife sanctuary (Alampetty division) was ready for us at railway station, we took the cab and had breakfast on the way in udumalpet. Duration of the journey was one hour appprox 30-35 kms. The roads were good but not that much broad, we alampetty eco shop the reporting office for the thoovanam log house stay. We bought few tribal products and had a good sip of piping hot lemon tea there! We completed the pay formalities for the Thoovanam Log House stay. 4 members Rs. 5120 inclusive of 2 meals (Dinner and Breakfast). Actual check in time is 2pm but we started by 11am itself by requesting them. We were provided an armed guide(Aruval - Machette) for the trek towards the stay. Have to carry less luggage, if you excess luggage you have the facility to keep your luggage in the office and take whatever is necessary, the staffs are polite and helpful. Each person will be provided 2 litres of bottled water.

By 11.45am we started the trek, we 4 adults and a six year old kid along with an armed guide. Its 2hrs of moderately hard trek of 4 kms approx which comprises of trekking in dry deciduous forest, river crossing, rocks and boulders crossing etc. Not advisable for elderly people. Not much of animal sightings as the forest was very dry, we saw only monkeys and few birds, We reached around 1.30pm and was very exhausted as we took our entire luggages along with us(bad idea). When we reached the thoovanam log house, we were mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the location, We were just few metres away from the falls, as soon as we reached the log house, we just kept our luggages inside the room and went towards the falls excitingly like a child. Its little slippery and there are few danger spots which the guide explained to avoid while bathing, there were lengthy bamboo sticks inserted in dangerous spots for our understanding and safety.

Entire waterfalls was given in our hands till the next day, we were the only people in the entire falls, Our search for private falls for many years has ended successfully, we have identified the best private waterfalls in the whole india, anytime you can go to the falls which is just meters away from your log house, Guide allowed us and consented to accompany us in the pitch dark night also to waterfalls but as we were as family and a kid we avoided the falls at night, if it was a bachelor trip the story would have been different. Camp Fire allowed at night, whatever meat or fish you wanted, you need to inform the guide before starting the trek because the cook(2 members) will come to the place before evening with the necessary materials to cook.

We enjoyed in the Gushing pearly waterfalls for hours and hours, late evening we were served black tea which was amazing, and was chatting sitting on the rocks looking the gushing mighty waterfalls, we finished our early dinner cooked by them at 7.30pm and went to bed. Thoovanam Log House does not have electricity, it has basic lights with an help of an Battery, attached western toilet, piped water line from the falls, NO FANS. The night was very suffocating, no breeze at all, just the sound of the gushing waters filled the ambience, we were trying very hard to sleep but was unable due to lack of breeze but within midnight the place became very chilled like air conditioned then we slept peacefully.

Early morning we woke up before the sunrise to the sound of birds chirping and whistling, sound of the waterfalls etc, perfect ambience; On a dark early morning the falls was glowing, birds chirping and whistling etc oh my god what a feeling, we walked towards the falls and waited for sun to shower its light, Once it dawn we entered in the chilling gushing waterfalls, took bath and came back to have breakfast by 7am, and checked out by 7.30am and started our return trek and reached by 9.30am to the alampetty eco shop office (we checked out early because we had plans to go lakkam falls and catch our return train to chennai from udumalpet at 5pm) after check out our cab came and picked up to Lakkam Waterfalls - 45mins drive from Alampetty, 20 rupees per person entry ticket, we took bath there, very scenic and safe waterfalls, water was very chill like ice water, But you know the feeling after bathing in thoovanam falls with only your family taking the entire falls, bathing in lakkam waterfalls with general public was like "Dai naanga yaar theiriyuma, nanga epdi kulichavanga theriyuma" moment. After bathing in lakkam falls we had delicious street food outside the falls, Quail Eggs Fry (Kadai Muttai Varuval), Omlette, Piping hot egg Maggi etc. By 2 pm we started to Udumalpet Railway Station to catch our return train to chennai by 5pm, On the way we bought pepper, maraiyoor garlic, big jackfruits, maraiyoor jaggery etc, we ate late lunch in Annavasal Restaurant near udumalpet railway station at 4pm, the most authentic and tasty food ever, please dont miss this restaurant, super duper yummy and tasty food, refer my name NARESH KUMAR from CHENNAI. After lunch, we took the train by 5pm and reached chennai next day 4am. AWESOME WEEKEND AND A BUDGET FRIENDLY TRIP!!! KEEP TRAVELLING FRIENDS! SAVE MEMORIES TO CHERISH BYE BYE...
Written July 15, 2019
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Debi P
Port Saint Lucie, FL20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
Might have been nice, but it was dry in February, so not much to see at the waterfalls. It was great to see the Indian tourists, though. Nice drive on the way.
Written March 14, 2015
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Rachel W
Shah Alam, Malaysia167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
I rode my motorbike from Munnar to the Tribal Trekkers roadside office on the road to Chinnar and hired a guide to take me to the dolemans and rock paintings up on the mountains; only a two hour little trek but a delightful one and I look forward to returning. The guide was just perfect. He was quiet and observant and able to communicate very well despite our language differences. The guides are from a local village and this is an exceptional development concept. They offer tours to the Thoovanam waterfalls and different night camping options. There is a lot of wildlife in the area and we even came across fresh leopard pug marks. As a solo female traveler, it is rare to find good wilderness guides but this place was perfect and I look forward to coming back and doing some camping in 2017.
Written September 21, 2016
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midhun d
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
its a beautiful waterfall 40 km from munnar.the route to waterfall is amazing with splendid view of teaestates on both sides.it cant be accessible during rainy season.one who is willing to walk for a 1 hr trek can go near waterfall.guide from forest department will accompany you.on the way ancient painting of stoneage can be seen if you wish.during summer u can climb to the top of waterfall its magnificiant as u can experiance 'thoovanam' means spray of coldwater nearly 200meter far from waterfall.
Written January 12, 2013
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srijan k
New Delhi, India70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
The place is a 3km trek from the forest department office enroute to Chinnar. One needs to take a guide to visit the waterfall or else it's not permitted.
Written October 2, 2016
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Imran S
Bengaluru, India152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
This is an amazing falls right inside Chinnar Wild life Sanctuary! One has to reach Alampetty and contact the forest office and after paying the cost per person a guide is provided and its approximately an hours trek. Takes about 3 hours to come back to the starting point. As we got close the view of the falls and the water gushing down and the sound was terrific. We changed in to our shorts and went and sat right at the spot the water falls on the rocks. It was a fabulous experience as the water falling on your body with huge force was like pins poking you ala Acupressure therapy :-) we shouted, screamed at the pain but it was great fun and an experience to cherish. There is also Thoovanam stay very close to the falls. It needs prior booking and the forest department can be contacted for it.

Although I have been to very, many water falls in the past decade this will rank high in the list. A must visit!
Written June 22, 2015
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robin t
293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
It's on the way and sliding on the roads, many can't enjoy of taking baths as it was open. It's a good halting point. Refreshments available nearby.
Written December 27, 2014
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Arun M
Kanjirapally6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
One hour journey from road to waterfall. Only walking. Fantastic experience.. accomodatin n tree house, food, bathing n waterfall. Day and night accomodation , food and everything arranged by forest department. Viewed wild animals and different birds near waterfall and on the way to there. Tremendous..
Written September 10, 2013
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