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Kutralam (Courtallam)

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Best Time: Jul-Mar Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum Check Flights

"The Land of Majestic Waterfalls"

Kutralam (Courtallam) Tourism

Courtallam, also known as Kutralam, is a perfect getaway from Tenkasi and Tirunelveli. A small town bordering Kollam District, Courtallam is famous for its waterfalls on the Western Ghats. With captivating panoramic vistas, the township is popularly renowned as 'Spa of South'. It has nine waterfalls in the region that add a charm to its exotic beauty. One will also find Kutrallam adorned with ancient temples reflecting the age-old legends attached to them. The town itself like many other cities of India narrates mythological folklores adding to its mystique.

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Spa of the South

This tiny town near Madurai is known for the numerous enormous waterfalls known to come down roaring with such a rush that it looks like a million pearls getting scattered from a string. A lot of people sit under these waterfalls and bathe here, and it is believed that the falls in Courtallam have therapeutic powers. Through the course of the streams, they pass through forests which are rich in medicinal herbs, and believers believe that it is this that enriches the water from the falls giving it therapeutic energies that help in improving health conditions, stress, diseases. Travellers feel much lighter and relieved after taking a bath in these showers.

Some of these falls have temples located close-by which have interesting stories about how they were in the first place. It is said that when Lord Shiva married Parvati, sage Agastya could not see their wedding processions owing to the huge crowd that had gathered to witness the holy matrimony. It is then that he prayed to Lord Shiva to be able to have a glimpse of his almighty. Impressed by his conviction and honesty, Lord Shiva and Parvati are said to have appeared in front of the sage in their wedding attires. This place came to become their home and was later known as Papansanathar, the falls close to the temple is known as the Agasthiyar falls.

Restaurants and Local Food in Kutralam (Courtallam)

Kutrallam being a major tourist destination offers several restaurant and eating joints. However, the town serves predominantly South Indian cuisine. The food is very delicious and spicy and several non-vegetarian delicacies are also famous in the area.
You will also find several tea shops in the town where you can break for a hot tea and coffee.
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One Day Itinerary

Kutrallam is a small town renowned for its beauty and cascading waterfalls. If you are visiting the town for one day, make sure you cover as many waterfalls possible. Begin your day early in the morning with warm breakfast at the hotel. Five fall, Old Falls, Main Falls, Palaruvi Falls, and Small falls are the list of the main waterfalls in the city. Apart from that there is also a temple of Lord Thirukuttralanathar in the area which is not to be missed. However remember that each waterfall opens at 6 in morning and closes by 8 in evening, so plan your trip accordingly. Make sure you capture the true essence of this town and its natural beauty to savor it later.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Courtallam wins you over with the simplistic little joys that it offers to its visitors. Easily accessible and is inexpensive.

What's Not So Great?

The increasing popularity of Courtallam has led to more influx of tourists than ever in recent times. With the increase in commercialization to keep the tourists entertained, the place is losing its charm and uniqueness.

For Whom?

Kutrallam for a nice idea for a day's getaway from nearby districts in Tamil Nadu. This is the kind of place you could come to with friends, family and your special someone to enjoy calmness and have some fun with water. 

How To Reach Kutralam (Courtallam)

Courtallam is a small town in the state of Tamil Nadu and is easily accessible by air, road and railway from major parts of the country. The nearest airport is located in Madurai, and the nearest railways station is Thenkasi Railway Station. The most convenient way to reach Kutrallam is reaching Madurai by rail or air and then hiring a taxi.

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Rohit Shroff 1 year ago
- Make sure you carry a camera to capture the essence of natures bounty oozing out of the city.
- Avoid travelling the city during summers owing to hot and dry weather and heat.
- Be careful while trekking towards the waterfalls, the area might be slippery and don't forget to carry a pair of sport shoes.
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