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"The Land of Majestic Waterfalls"

Kutralam 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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1. Shenbaga Falls

Shenbaga Falls
Shenbaga Falls is one of those places which apart from being a famous tourists spot is also a major place of worship for locals. Also known as Chembakadevi, this place can be reached easily from Main (Read More)Falls via trekking trail.

2. Five Falls

Five Falls
A sight of pure brilliance, Five Falls is one of the most sought after destination in Kutrallam, situated around 4 km from the main town. Visitors are absolutely awe inspired by the sight it presents (Read More)with falls splitting into five parts before rushing down at the Aranvankadu Pass.

3. Main Falls

Main Falls
One of the prime attractions of all the nine waterfalls, Main Falls also known as Peraruvi is situated in the town center. It falls from an altitude of 60m and serves as the biggest of all the falls i (Read More)n the area.

4. Palaruvi Waterfalls

Palaruvi Waterfalls
Palaruvi Falls, cascading downstream from the height of 300 ft, is one of the prime attractions in Kutrallam or as some call it Courtallam, Tamil Nadu. Owing to its height; it is the 32nd highest fall (Read More) in our country. The name Palaruvi means 'Stream of Milk' in the regional language.

5. Shopping in Kutrallam

Shopping in Kutrallam
Being a small town, Kutrallam do not offer many options for shopping. You will not find any big malls or shopping complex in the area but roadside stalls are pretty fun to shop from and cheap too.

6. Honey Falls

Honey Falls
Situated 4 km from the Main Falls, Honey Falls or Thenaruvi are quite famous among the locals as well as tourists. The stream derived its name from the beehives that are formed here during the dry sea (Read More)son on the face of the rock.

7. Small falls

Small falls
Nestled right above the Main Falls, Small Falls are also quite a popular tourist spot. The water stream that forms the falls is also referred to as Chittaruvi and is said to be possessed of medicinal (Read More)and therapeutic values.

8. Old Falls

Old Falls
Locally referred to as Pazhaya Courtallam, Old Falls are situated en-route Tenkasi. Offering a mesmerizing view, the waterfall cascades down from 200 feet with step crafted out of rock to slow down th (Read More)e flow.

9. Lord Thirukuttralanathar

Lord Thirukuttralanathar
An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Thirukuttralanathar, a form of Lord Shiva is one of the prime places of worship in the region. The inscriptions that are adorned by the temple bring forward the fac (Read More)t that the temple dates back to Pandya and Chola Kingdoms.

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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.

Suggested Itinerary for Kutralam

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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How to Reach Kutralam

How to Reach Overview

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.

How to reach Kutralam by flight

Tuticorin Airport (TCR) located at a distance of 86 km from Kutrallam serves as the nearest airbase. However, it not well connected with the other cities. The major nearby airport is Madurai which has connecting flights to Chennai. You can easily hire a taxi from outside the airport till the required destination.

How to reach Kutralam by road

Travelling to Kutrallam by road is very convenient especially with regular bus services plying to and fro from the town. During the peak season, you may also ride special buses run by the state government. The city houses two bus stand one in the southern part and the other one in northern part namely Central Bus Stand and Chatram Bus Stand respectively.

How to reach Kutralam by train

Tenkasi Railway Station serves as the nearest railhead to Kutrallam town lying at a mere distance of 6 km. The station is well connected to Tirunelveli and Chennai via regular trains. Taxi or autorickshaws can be hired from the station for a comfortable short ride to the required destination.

Local transport in Kutralam

Travelling in the town of Kutrallam is quite easy owing to the availability of various modes. One will find auto rickshaws at almost every nook and corner of the town and especially near the famous tourist spots and waterfalls. These tuk-tuks are very convenient to move around the area. Other option is of hiring a cab, also quite common in Kutrallam. For tourist, cabs are recommended as the best option, as almost all the major attractions in the town have parking facilities with affordable charges. Lastly, make sure you plan your trip while keeping in mind the weather condition prevailing in the region.

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FAQs on Kutralam

What is famous about Kutrallam?

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

What is not so good about Kutrallam?

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.

Who should visit Kutrallam?

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. 

What is the best time to visit Kutrallam?

The summer season in the town brings with it hot and dry weather resulting in the drying up of all the waterfalls. Thus, traveling to Kutrallam during summers is not at all worthy. However, monsoon season once again gets back the town in its full glory and beauty. Winter season see a dip in mercury with a delightful weather. The light drizzle and gentle breeze during monsoon refreshes the whole town, and so does your senses. Hence, monsoon and winter seasons are recommended as an ideal time to explore the town. Kutralam is famous for its low prices as well - you can easily manage to visit all sites and stay in a comfortable resort at low rates.

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What is the local food in Kutrallam?

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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What is the best way to reach Kutrallam?

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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What are the things to do in Kutrallam?

The top things to do in Kutrallam are Shenbaga Falls, Five Falls, Main Falls, Palaruvi Waterfalls, Shopping in Kutrallam, Honey Falls. You can see all the places to visit in Kutrallam here

What are the places near Kutrallam?

The top places near to Kutrallam are Munnar which is 134 km from Kutrallam, Kovalam which is located 66 km from Kutrallam, Thekkady which is located 79 km from Kutrallam, Varkala which is located 67 km from Kutrallam, Alleppey which is located 112 km from Kutrallam

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Rohit Shroff

6 years 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 wh (Read More)ile trekking towards the waterfalls, the area might be slippery and don't forget to carry a pair of sport shoes.
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