Chinnakanal Waterfalls is among the most popular tourist spots in Munnar. The cascaded waterfalls are lying just 18 kilometers away from Munnar, making it a must to go spot in the bucket list of tourists visiting Munnar. The waterfall cascading through the deep steep rocks from a height of about 2,000 meters is really attractive.
Chinnakanal Waterfalls are more famous by the name Power House Waterfalls. The name is derived from the place where the waterfall is located – the Chinnakanal village. It is situated about 1 Kilometer away from the National Highway NH 49 on Thekkady – Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary route. The best time to visit this place is when you are proceeding from Munnar to Thekkady for sightseeing.
The history and legend of Sita behind Chinnakanal Waterfalls
Power House waterfalls are originated from ‘Sita Devi Kulam,’ a beautiful lake situated at Devikulam Gramapanchayat. It is believed that the goddess Sita Devi of Ramayana, the wife of Rama bathed in this lake and thus it possesses curative powers, scientifically owing to the presence of minerals in it. Sita Devi Kulam is again a perfect place for travelers who love to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of nature.
Best Season to visit the Chinnakanal Waterfalls
Even though the Chinnakanal waterfalls attract tourists throughout the year, august to September months after monsoon season is the best time to visit. In the rainy season, the falls will be in good force and the mists and breezes around the waterfalls make the surroundings cooler and green.
The waterfalls will dry up in summer from March to May. In April, when summer is at its peak making the climate hot and humid, the waterfalls may completely be parched. So better avoid the visits this month. At almost all other seasons, the waterfalls welcome visitors with its natural charm and beauty. The place generally gets crowded during weekends and if you wish to have a peaceful and calm atmosphere, better plan an early visit on weekdays.
The incredible Flaura and Fauna around the waterfalls!
Apart from the scenic beauty of waterfalls, you can discover species of plants that grow in the green landscape surrounding the waterfalls. Different varieties of orchids like Aerides and Coelogyne are so common in the area. The white, bell-shaped flowers of Datura and the aromatic shrub – Wintergreen, grow in abundance through the hill ranges. They are used as Ayurvedic medicines and are on high demand.
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The land is also the home for various animals and birds. Whistling schoolboy, Golden-backed woodpecker, Black Eagle, the Kingfisher, Jungle fowl, Bulbul, Kestrel, Imperial-pigeon, Crow pheasant, Quail, Malabar squirrel, Grey hornbill, and many other wildlife creatures can also be sighted in the grasslands near to the falls. The sights of fauna in their natural habitat can add more colors to your trip.
Entry to the Powerhouse waterfalls are free
The authorities collect no separate entrance fee for visiting the site and are completely free of cost. Tourists are being granted permission by the officials for a trip to the spot and enjoy the scenic beauty of the majestic falls all through the week. The authorities had not imposed any legal restrictions for capturing the pictures or shooting videos of the wildlife near the waterfalls. This provides a fantastic opportunity for travelers to frame the breathtaking panorama of the waterfalls when they go back from Munnar.
How to reach Power House Waterfalls?
All modes of transportation to Munnar offer flexible and convenient traveling experience for the visitors.
• Flight service: Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery, Kochi is about 3 hours away from the falls, at a distance of about 105 kilometers (65.25 miles). From there, pick a taxi and head towards the destination via Aluva-Munnar Road for another 105 kilometers.
• Bus, Car & Bike: Buses operated by the KSRTC plying to and fro Munnar is a flexible mode of travel offered by the Government of Kerala. Travelers can avail private cars or bikes to get there.
• Train: From the nearest railway station, Aluva / Alwaye Rail Station, it takes around 3 hours and 51 minutes (119.2 km) via NH85 to reach Chinnakanal waterfalls.
Nearby Places to Visit in and Around Power House Waterfalls
There are multiple popular tourist spots around The Chinnakanal Waterfalls is near to many prime tourist spots in Munnar. You can visit here on the way to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Munnar Hill Station, Lakkam waterfalls, Attukal waterfalls or Eco Point at Mattupatti Dam. They are some of the renowned nearby tourists’ spots offering spectacular views of the natural treasure troves and mesmerizing beauty of the wildlife of Munnar.
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