Ecotourism in Kerala : THOMMANKUTHUA mere 20 km from Thodupuzha in Idukki district, and 74 km from Kochi, the mesmerizing Thommankuthu or Ezhunilakuthu is a series of 12 falls spread over a distance of 5 km. The seven-step falls are surrounded by a number of mysterious caves. At each step, there is a cascade and a pool beneath. Falling from a height of 1,500 m, the difference between the first and last fall is about 500 m. Named after Thomban, a tribal leader who was washed away near the waterfall while crossing a river, Thommankuthu is in the Kaliyar Forest Range. The wild beauty of the scenic waterfall and the pristine surroundings attract hordes of tourists.
The best way to enjoy this much-loved picnic spot is to undertake a 12 km trek that will take visitors to the top of the mountain. The less adventurous can have an equally good time frolicking in the shallow pools below. Trekking, night camping, boating and bird watching are some of the major recreations here.
In and Around
Rainbow Waterfalls surrounded by lush forests is just 25 km from Thodupuzha.
A variety of accommodation options are available in and around the city of Thodupuzha. Greenberg Resorts, Maurya Monarch, Silica Hotels, Geminy Tourist Home, Charakas, The Pimenta Farmstay are a few of the recommended places.
Location: Situated in Idukki District, Thommankuthu is 17 km from Thodupuzha and 74 km from Kochi.
Altitude: 810 m above sea level.
Air: 70 km from Cochin International Airport (via Perumbavoor, Muvattupuzha).
Rail: 70 km from Aluva Station near Ernakulam (via Perumbavoor, Muvattupuzha).
Road: KSRTC Bus Station is 20 km from Thodupuzha.