At her prime, Cheeyappara Waterfalls will let you know of her graceful presence much before you are in the vicinity with sound of water breaking over the boulders. The droplets sprayed into the air is a welcome call for the travellers. It also serves as a snippet of what's in offer to the doubters even without entering the drop zone.
For those escaping from the urbanisation, the drive beyond Neriamangalam is one joy ride through lush green forests. And the Cheeyappara Waterfalls set the right mood for the trip to the high ranges.
The falls cascade down seven long boulder steps to plunge into a pool where tourists flock around for a feel of the pure, cool waters. The monsoons are the ideal season to travel to and beyond Cheeyappara Waterfalls.
The Cheeyappara waterfalls comes on the Kochi-Madurai Highway, between Neriamangalam and Adimali. The beauty of the falls is that it’s right there on the highway offering a splendid sight and a great feel of the water from close quarters. This is the first break travellers take en route to the high ranges, to Idukki and Munnar. Cheeyappara is also a darling of the selfie-crazy generation!
Not a soul passes by without halting at the falls. The small shops around sell immediate necessities like shorts, shirts, hats and other knick-knacks. You can also sit around and have a bite of the snacks and fruits sold by wayside vendors. But beware of the monkeys, do not feed them feeling pity as they might gang up and create nuisance.
The thundering and more sprawling Valara Falls are just a few minutes drive up from Cheeyappara. Though not quite visible from the main road, it is also a majestic sight, pretty dangerous too.