Last updated onJanuary 30th, 2021 @ 10:07 pm
“In case you’re prepared for a touch of leech nibble and a touch of traveling, how about we go to a monster cascade.” ” I had just one response to this inquiry from Justin Bro, regardless of whether to go today or tomorrow. Woodland journeying is the lone response to any movement action that fulfills the brain and body simultaneously. The natural demeanor of the tropical jungle, the soggy soil, the snow-shrouded greenery, the peeping of winged creatures and the hints of different creatures give us a ton of energy. Each trip is an excursion into the lap of unadulterated nature. Toward the finish of the trip, which is brimming with long stretches of laborious experience, imagine a scenario where you arrive at a colossal cascade that falls down from the statures. Up to that point, the weariness of traveling will be gone and we will be ready once more. Our trip is to outstanding amongst other known cascades in Kerala. This courageous journey to Keezharkuth Falls, otherwise called the ‘Rainbow Waterfall in Idukki’, begins from a modest community in Idukki called Udumbannur. It appears to advise us that this is a region brimming with various types of venomous snakes. From the earliest starting point of the trip, an enormous snake came to welcome us. To the timberland town of Kaithappara is situated a good ways off of 14 km from Udumbannur town, where the traveling course to Keezharkuth Falls starts.
It is a big off road about 3 km through the inhabited area and therefore the remainder of the forest, the journey started with the sight of a snake from the visor of 1 of our bikes which started the off road ride to Kaithapara in three bikes. the sole bridge to succeed in the outside world is to enter in the forest village of Kaithappara. The bridge isn’t an huge one but alittle chapath. it’s a concrete bridge over a river coming from the forest. The bridge, which is flooded for weeks during most of the monsoons, also isolates Kaithapara from the external world. This chapath may be a little dangerous because the mountain water comes at any moment. Once you cross the chapath then it’s an honest original forest road. the one and only sound was the occasional passing jeep and therefore the sound of our bikes on the quiet forest path that was crowded on each side . Most of the time the bike goes from one stone to subsequent . Occasional chapath’s formed by streams coming from small waterfalls across the road. Many of those small streams across the road become very dangerous during monsoons, making it impassable for vehicles. After passing a check post of the Kerala Forest Department and therefore the arch of welcome to Kaithappara, we come to a gorgeous agricultural village called Kaithappara. the sole village where the locals pass by bus .
Among the attractions of Kaithappara Forest Village are a small grocery store, a church and a small office of the Forest Department. This is the easiest way to reach Idukki from Muvattupuzha and Thodupuzha. Idukki is a short distance from Kaithappara to Manirankudi. The crumbling forest road will double the travel time.
The people of Kaithapara are completely dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. Pepper, cocoa, rubber, and a herd of sheep grazing in the meadows greeted us as we arrived here. There are about 50 houses in Kaithappara but many of them are uninhabited. During the four months of the year, many people leave Kaithapara due to adverse weather conditions and transportation problems in their children’s education. Only a few of the descendants of the migrant farmer who transformed Kaithappara from a dense forest full of wildlife into a fertile farmland remain here. Jeeps are the main mode of transport. A minibus runs twice a day from the nearest town, Udumbannur. Owned by the church, this bus is the only means of transportation for the children of Kaithapara studying in the nearby towns of Udumbannur and Karimannur. As there are no other public transport facilities, the locals use the same bus journey with the special permission of the Department of Motor Vehicles
Traveling in forest in the fear of Wild Tuskers and poisonous snakes. Keesharkuth water falls is found at a distance of 6 km from Kaithapara. this is often a forest area with tons of wildlife. A forest with a huge amount of different kind of of snakes, including elephants, bears, foxes, leopards, king cobras and Anacondas. the danger of being lost within the wild is another danger. you’ll not get here without the assistance of experienced local people. Our guide was Chacko, an early migrant farmer from Kaithapara. We left the bike at Chacko Chettan’s house and began trekking. After the walk started, the atmosphere changed from a farm to an ideal forest. browsing the dark areas surrounded by giant trees. Shrubs and other vegetation on each side of 1 Way Street are often said to be the thanks to go, and Chacko brother is clearing the way using with the typical sickle we always sees in the hands of the Idukki people.
The sound of the waterfall are often heard within the distance as you descend steeply then climb up and trek a long way . The bush-covered walkway will quickly disappear, then it’ll appear as if the encompassing forest. that’s why the road is being prepared. Once or twice I placed on my trekking shoes, and through this trek the shoe-wearing trekking mates fall continuously. Chacko Chettan was walking ahead of me without giving the slightest hint. Like all other forests in Idukki, there have been bloodthirsty aphids in almost every place. But the relief was that they were on their way due to the smell of the bag of medicine in Chacko bro’s hand.
The trekking has returned to its original nature.The climb is caught in trees and wild vines. Falling down steep slopes is sure to cause serious injury, but that’s not the real danger. There are some prisoners who have already perched on a tree or bush that we grab without falling. These include snakes and scorpions from the viper family. If we don’t hold the tree very carefully, you will bite. Our lifetime visa expires within 20 minutes of receiving a bite from Russell’s windshield wiper. So we walked very carefully. This is a wooded area full of poisonous snakes. I was able to see those friends in many places during the hike.
Our travelling became harder when it had been raining. After about an hour of slipping and falling, we came to a neighborhood covered in bush, and a robust wind and terrifying sound were right next to us. Finally, we encounter the Keesarkuthu Falls, also referred to as Rainbow Falls in Idukki. Idukki’s own rainbow waterfall
Keezharkuth is a waterfall that falls to the ground at a good width from a height of 1500 m. This is a huge waterfall. Even approaching the waterfall is almost impossible. The closer we get, the stronger the wind will push us backwards in the force of the falling water. Depending on the rainfall in the forest, the water level rises at any moment, except in the summer, when bathing and descending are only dreams. So we could not bathe in the pure cold water of the waterfall coming from the inner forest. Shortly after arriving there, I realized why Keezharkuth Falls is called Rainbow Falls. I do not remember how long I watched the rainbow as the sun shone down on the white foamy waterfall falling down from the blue sky. It’s such a beautiful sight. From time to time the beauty of this rainbow came and went.
The beautiful view of the Rainbow Falls in Idukki is a bit difficult for the average traveler to see. This is because the vision is only available to those who are capable of trekking through the jungle. That is why a lot of tourists do not come here. The place is now pollution free as it is visited only by a few adventure lovers and wildlife photographers. We landed at the bottom of Idukki’s own rainbow waterfall and sat down to eat cooked tapioca and beef curry brought from Justin Bro’s house. We went out the forest after a short bath in the jungle stream at the top of the falls,where the Elephant usually came bathing.
Occasional slips and falls, encounters with dangerous snakes, the shock of seeing just pooped elephant’s dung and the biting of a bloodthirsty leeches were all unforgettable experiences of this adventure trek. Trekking through a rain forest, the view of wild and beautiful waterfalls, the proximity of wildlife and some touch of the forest are all identities. Each such trek is a return to our original nature. No matter how dangerous the obstacles, the forest will entice us and call us back. On the way back I could hear that call in the corner from the distance of the Lower Falls