Anayadikuthu: A pristine waterfall waiting to be explored

Anayadikuthu falls are on the same route as the Thommankuthu ecotourism point. Photo: Shutterstock/Prasanth kg pala

Kerala's Idukki district is blessed with many scenic spots, ranging from Munnar and Meesapulimala, to valleys that are home to the famous duodecennial blossom Neelakurinji (strobilanthus kunthiana).

Idukki also have some hidden beauty spots that are known to locals but under-explored by tourists. The Anayadikuthu waterfalls, which is 20 kilometers from Thodupuzha is such a hidden gem that can be perfect for a refreshing holiday.

The falls are on the same route as the Thommankuthu ecotourism point. As there aren’t any sign boards on the way, it is not easy to reach its location, other than by seeking help from people in the locality.

A few kilometers before you reach the Thommankuthu Ecotourism point, there is a road that turns to the left. It has an off-road terrain, that can impress adventure seekers. At the end of it is a parking area that can be used paying a small fee. A few meters below this spot is the pretty waterfalls, Anayadikuthu.

The name
There is an interesting story behind the name Anayadikuthu. Apparently, once, two elephants fought fiercely in the woods. One of them slipped and fell into the waterfall.

People in the locality began calling it Anachadikuthu or the waterfalls where the elephant jumped into, then on. Later, it came to be known as Anayadikuthu.

The waterfall swells during the monsoon and flows with all its might. It is considered one of the safest waterfalls, making it a favourite destination of families, already. The visitors are also allowed to take a dip in its refreshing waters.

Thommankuthu waterfalls near Anayadikuthu falls. Photo: Shutterstock/AnoopJ

How to reach
From Thodupuzha you can reach Anayadikuthu via Karimannur and Thommankuthu town. The waterfall is just a kilometre away from Thommankuthu town in the Vannapuram route. 

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