Thoovanam Falls
Thoovanam Falls
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Gokul U
Pondicherry, India21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
It's a very nice Experience. make the trip before 2 Pm. water bottle and shoes. are must if u heart problem kindly avoid.
Written 19 July 2023
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Common man
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Honestly speaking in my life time its a best place ever I have been ...it was woww feeling so much fun and enjoyed a lot
Note- Must visit once in life time
Written 26 November 2020
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Lesley
Madurai, India40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
Drop at the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Office , for a fee of 125 Rs, a trekking guide will be assigned to you to come along with you on a 3 hr trip to and fro Thoovanam Falls. You ll have to take a 3 km forest walk to and fro Thoovanam falls. If you can speak Tamil, chatting with your guide will give you immense knowledge and affinity towards forest and it's ecosystem. Mostly Guides are Tribal people, where the Govt has assigned them these works to take people inside Thoovanam falls for their living. Must carry 2-3 Water bottles. You can stay there near Thoovanam Falls for 45 mnts max. But that would be the best 45 mnts of your entire lifetime, I assure you. No more details needed. It's worth it. ❤️. Once you return back to the sanctuary office back, please do try out the different types of tea available at the Alampetty Ethnic Cafe (pics attached). They are very good for a very reasonable rate, Which is also run by the tribal people. Must visit in a life time. Don't miss it. You have frequent buses.
Written 29 March 2020
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Rambler footsteps
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
It is a beautiful place to visit. Don't miss it guys.It is a 3km walk forest guard will come along with you to guide you. They are very friendly.On the way you can see sandal wood trees. It is a good treat for your eyes water falling from above is mermersing. To see a video of water fall. Please check in rambler footsteps youtube channel.
Note: Please don't throw plastic cover/bottles anywhere.
Written 23 February 2020
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jishnumj
Kochi (Cochin), India577 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
This is my one of the favourite place we are really really enjoyed it such very very beautiful place is that. All of you must see this place.
Written 21 July 2019
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ML NARESHKUMAR
Chennai (Madras), India35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
CHINNAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
STAY: THOOVANAM LOG HOUSE
DATE: 13th JULY to 14th JULY
BASE LOCATION: CHENNAI
MEMBERS: 2 COUPLES + 1 SIX YEAR OLD KID (4+1)
FOR DOUBTS & ASSITANCE: CONTACT ME AT 9884627374
BUDGET: 10k to 15k all inclusive

On friday night we took train from chennai, Train no. 22651 - Palakkad Express started at 21.40pm from chennai central. Reached Udumalpet railway station by 8.30am. Once we got down our cab to chinnar wildlife sanctuary (Alampetty division) was ready for us at railway station, we took the cab and had breakfast on the way in udumalpet. Duration of the journey was one hour appprox 30-35 kms. The roads were good but not that much broad, we alampetty eco shop the reporting office for the thoovanam log house stay. We bought few tribal products and had a good sip of piping hot lemon tea there! We completed the pay formalities for the Thoovanam Log House stay. 4 members Rs. 5120 inclusive of 2 meals (Dinner and Breakfast). Actual check in time is 2pm but we started by 11am itself by requesting them. We were provided an armed guide(Aruval - Machette) for the trek towards the stay. Have to carry less luggage, if you excess luggage you have the facility to keep your luggage in the office and take whatever is necessary, the staffs are polite and helpful. Each person will be provided 2 litres of bottled water.

By 11.45am we started the trek, we 4 adults and a six year old kid along with an armed guide. Its 2hrs of moderately hard trek of 4 kms approx which comprises of trekking in dry deciduous forest, river crossing, rocks and boulders crossing etc. Not advisable for elderly people. Not much of animal sightings as the forest was very dry, we saw only monkeys and few birds, We reached around 1.30pm and was very exhausted as we took our entire luggages along with us(bad idea). When we reached the thoovanam log house, we were mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the location, We were just few metres away from the falls, as soon as we reached the log house, we just kept our luggages inside the room and went towards the falls excitingly like a child. Its little slippery and there are few danger spots which the guide explained to avoid while bathing, there were lengthy bamboo sticks inserted in dangerous spots for our understanding and safety.

Entire waterfalls was given in our hands till the next day, we were the only people in the entire falls, Our search for private falls for many years has ended successfully, we have identified the best private waterfalls in the whole india, anytime you can go to the falls which is just meters away from your log house, Guide allowed us and consented to accompany us in the pitch dark night also to waterfalls but as we were as family and a kid we avoided the falls at night, if it was a bachelor trip the story would have been different. Camp Fire allowed at night, whatever meat or fish you wanted, you need to inform the guide before starting the trek because the cook(2 members) will come to the place before evening with the necessary materials to cook.

We enjoyed in the Gushing pearly waterfalls for hours and hours, late evening we were served black tea which was amazing, and was chatting sitting on the rocks looking the gushing mighty waterfalls, we finished our early dinner cooked by them at 7.30pm and went to bed. Thoovanam Log House does not have electricity, it has basic lights with an help of an Battery, attached western toilet, piped water line from the falls, NO FANS. The night was very suffocating, no breeze at all, just the sound of the gushing waters filled the ambience, we were trying very hard to sleep but was unable due to lack of breeze but within midnight the place became very chilled like air conditioned then we slept peacefully.

Early morning we woke up before the sunrise to the sound of birds chirping and whistling, sound of the waterfalls etc, perfect ambience; On a dark early morning the falls was glowing, birds chirping and whistling etc oh my god what a feeling, we walked towards the falls and waited for sun to shower its light, Once it dawn we entered in the chilling gushing waterfalls, took bath and came back to have breakfast by 7am, and checked out by 7.30am and started our return trek and reached by 9.30am to the alampetty eco shop office (we checked out early because we had plans to go lakkam falls and catch our return train to chennai from udumalpet at 5pm) after check out our cab came and picked up to Lakkam Waterfalls - 45mins drive from Alampetty, 20 rupees per person entry ticket, we took bath there, very scenic and safe waterfalls, water was very chill like ice water, But you know the feeling after bathing in thoovanam falls with only your family taking the entire falls, bathing in lakkam waterfalls with general public was like "Dai naanga yaar theiriyuma, nanga epdi kulichavanga theriyuma" moment. After bathing in lakkam falls we had delicious street food outside the falls, Quail Eggs Fry (Kadai Muttai Varuval), Omlette, Piping hot egg Maggi etc. By 2 pm we started to Udumalpet Railway Station to catch our return train to chennai by 5pm, On the way we bought pepper, maraiyoor garlic, big jackfruits, maraiyoor jaggery etc, we ate late lunch in Annavasal Restaurant near udumalpet railway station at 4pm, the most authentic and tasty food ever, please dont miss this restaurant, super duper yummy and tasty food, refer my name NARESH KUMAR from CHENNAI. After lunch, we took the train by 5pm and reached chennai next day 4am. AWESOME WEEKEND AND A BUDGET FRIENDLY TRIP!!! KEEP TRAVELLING FRIENDS! SAVE MEMORIES TO CHERISH BYE BYE...
Written 15 July 2019
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rakeDelhi
New Delhi, India1,010 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
The least you speak is the maximum you hvae enjoyed feeling the gushing water flowing and going in wilderness covered with rees and rocks.A sight you will remember for a long long time
Written 4 April 2019
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PaulC2816
London, UK167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Not quite as plentiful water as shown in the picture but worth a couple of pictures and a stop on the way.
Written 1 February 2019
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pbesaf
Vancouver, Canada21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
The forest walk is easy and not a trek. Our guide made it very clear at the outset that we would not see any wild animals, despite their marketing. It was about the only thing he said to us before he fast walked 20 meters in front of us for the rest of our visit to get us out as quickly as possible.

If you want any easy walk in an attractive forest with good views and a decent waterfall at the end, this is an option. You can swim in the not very clean water under the falls if you want, which many people did while we were there. Could be good option if you have kids.

If you want a real trek or to see many animals or have an actual guide, this might not be for you. 650 rupees is relatively expensive for what it is, compared to other local options

We had a pleasant time but felt like we should have done a real hike instead. The disengaged guide really detracted from our experience

Written 17 January 2019
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TracingTravels
Mumbai, India123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
I saw it from afar unfortunately, but the sheer extent of this falls is insane. Would've been a great trek, but guess that will have to wait till next time.
Written 15 December 2018
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