Aruvikachal, highest waterfall in Kottayam, spruced up to lure more travellers

Aruvikachal, highest waterfall in Kottayam
Aruvikachal, highest waterfall in Kottayam. Photo: Atlee Fernandez

The enticing charm of waterfalls is the frothy, milky-white cascading water from up above, giving it an ever changing shape and texture as the seasons change.

In the hilly region of Kottayam district in Kerala, a travel enthusiast can find some charming waterfalls and Aruvikachal is the highest among them, according to ‘Unseen Kottayam’, a brochure released by the District Tourism Promotion Council.

Aruvikachal, located near Pathampuzha, is also known as a safe waterfall and visitors can have a shower right next to the plunging stream. The waterfall started attracting more travellers after the premises were cleaned by members of the voluntary organisation Bhoomika Native Window and a light refreshment stall was opened near the parking area.

Moreover, the local collective Nattupacha Koottayma – which is associated with Bhoomika – arranged facilities for changing clothes and washrooms. This draws more family tourists to Aruvikachal. The food stall is also operated by Nattupacha and offers traditional snacks along with other preparations.

How to reach

Head to Erattupetta. From there, take the Poonjar-Mundakayam road and travel 13 km to reach Aruvikachal. On Poonjar-Mundakayam road, you have to deviate to a panchayat road before reaching Pathampuzha Junction. The panchayat road is narrow, but vehicles could be taken up to 200 m away from the waterfall.

A word of caution

Avoid online maps while travelling to Aruvikachal as it is easy to lose your way.

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