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Palaruvi Waterfalls, Kutralam (Courtallam) Overview

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 in our country. The name Palaruvi means 'Stream of Milk' in the regional language. Ironically it seems to be a glittering stream of milk as it flows down. Hence, the beauty of this fall stands unimaginable till witnessed with own eyes. The roaring sounds of the fall stand in stark contrast to the silence of the forests and mist-kissed mountains around it.

Situated in the Thenmala ranges, Palaruvi falls are surrounded by lush green forests, the Kallada River and some minor waterfalls. The enchanting place is perfect for savouring nature's beauty. The fall not only does have an alluring beauty but also is considered sacred by the locals. The milk-like water is worshipped by people who believe it to be a religious spot. Also, Palaruvi waterfalls are among those seasonal waterfalls which ace their mightiness during the shower season and almost dry up in the midst of hot summers. The heavy downpour of water creates a splashing pool beneath for the people to enjoy the freshness of its water. 

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History of Palaruvi Falls

To escape the scorching heat of the sun, the Travancore kings built a palace at the falls in Kollam during the 17th century. With the years passing by, they started to feel that the place was full of negativities and lousy luck. Superstition or not, they believed in it and shifted to the falls at Palaruvi Falls, Kutrallam. Some remnants of ancient structures and a stable are evidence of the abandoned past. 
Today, the area near the waterfalls is declared as the plastic-free zone. Greenery and cleanliness are all that you witness here. Palaruvi River and Forest Conservation Society (Palaruvi Puzha/Vanam Samrakshana Samithi) is the government body that looks after this whole place. 


The Healing Power of Palaruvi Falls

The mesmerizing falls have managed to gather fame for their unbelievable healing powers. People from far-away distances visit the fall only to dip themselves in its medicinal waters. It observes a heavy footfall during the peak season (July-October). During these months the freshwater pool is overcrowded, and you have to wait for hours to jump into it. Moreover, some Ayurvedic Physicians refer these herbal waters to their patients for curing their illness. The water here reaches after flowing through the area where medicinal herbs are found, hence, giving the water its magical power to heal.
Also, keeping in mind the privacy, separate change and bath facilities are provided for both the men and the women.

Palaruvi falls Trek

Trekking is always fun. You can reach the milky falls by trekking through different trails.
The first trek route, the Palaruvi Trek, takes you on a 5 km long journey through caves, dense forests, gushing streams, and some minor waterfalls. The trekking is allowed between 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM. It usually takes 3 hours for you to make it to the top.
The second trek, Kurishumala Trek, is quite challenging. Not many people know about this 8 km long route. The six-hour trek gets you to the majestic Palaruvi Falls, acquaints you with the unique habitat of rare and endemic Chenkurinji, and lastly lets you have the glimpses of neighbouring states from the border. This trek through Themela forest region is allowed between 7:00 AM-11:00 AM.

Palaruvi Falls Entry Fee

1.Children (below 13 years)- Free
2.Adults (above 13 years)
Indians- INR 10
Foreigners- INR 20
3.Parking Cost ( If you have the vehicle passes your driver's entry will be free of cost)
Bus- INR 40
Mini Bus- INR 25
Car- INR 15
3 Wheeler- INR 10
2 Wheeler- INR 5

Tips For Visiting Palaruvi Waterfalls

1. Visit here during the monsoon season as during summers the water of the falls dries up. June-November is considered the best season.
2. Do not dip into the waters of the upper pool as the pool is very deep. Stay safe and enjoy splashing in the lower basin.
3. Keep a strict watch on your children.  
4. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.
5. Do not litter. It is a plastic free zone.

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