(Last Updated on : 05/12/2014)
Siruvani Waterfalls is located 46 km north of Mannarkad, Palakkad town
in the Western Ghats
. A reservoir has also been built here for Tamil Nadu
by the Kerala
Government. This was done to cater to the need of drinking water of Coimbatore
. The water here is pollution free and contains mineral properties. It is also known for its taste. The water here flows through the vegetation and rocks into the Attapady area. It is at times known as the second sweetest lake water in the world.
The falls can be reached by about 4 kms trek from the nearest road point between Siruvani Dam
and Madavarayapuram. This falls is best seen in monsoon season between June and October. The upper part of the falls is dangerous with deep cliffs and tourist usually enjoy the beauty and bathing at bottom of the falls. The Siruvani waterfalls is a famous tourist spot in Tamil Nadu. The place is best suited for the whole family as adventurous activities like trekking, wild life safari, bird watching, nature walks and camping can be arranged by the forest department.
A drive through the paddy fields of Palakkad
itself is highly entertaining. That is the beauty of the Palakkadan paddy fields which are golden colored. Huge gateways have been built on both the sides of the road. Being close to the Kerala - Tamil Nadu border, its architectural design depicts the styles of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Several tribes like the Mudugars and Irulars reside here. Tourists can also visit the nearby lakes and rivers like Parambikulam River, Aliyar River, Sholiyar River and Palar River
. The Annamalai Hills
range provides a panoramic view of the town. The dam is interlinked by canals and tunnels for confining Parambikulam
, Nirar, Sholiyar, Aliyar
, Palar rivers for generating power and irrigation. It has been built close to the Attapady valley.
History of the Dam
The government had proposed for the construction of the dam in February 1915. However, the construction was delayed as the villagers of Boluvampatti and Alandurai were against it. Later they were convinced and the construction work began in 1927. The work was not easy as it was an extremely unfriendly terrain. Even wild animals visited the place. A lot of security was thus required for the workers. Even today tourists visiting the site need to take protection against the wild animals. Gunmen or forest guards accompany them. The place was selected for the construction of the dam for the availability of the perennial streams. The area below the Siruvani, Muthikulam falls, Gobiyaru, Solaiyaru, Pattiyaru, Veeraru and Paambaru falls was selected for construction. Several major and minor construction works continued till the year 1984. The dam after its construction supplied large amounts of water to the huge population of the town.
Mode of Transportation
This place is usually evacuated before 5 PM due to its remote accessibility and darkness spread by the forest. Siruvani Dam is connected by frequent buses from Coimbatore. Siruvani Waterfalls is well connected with different modes of transport. The fall is almost 6 km away from Karunya University
. The gateway to the waterfalls is located at Sadivayal Checkpost. Tourists can also avail the bus facility that ply at regular intervals from Coimbatore. The nearest airport from the Siruvani waterfalls is Coimbatore Peelamedu
Airport and the rail station are Coimbatore and Palakkad station.