Thommankuthu Waterfalls, Idukki – An Eco-Tourism Centre of Kerala

Those who love to visit places with waterfalls, heavy streams, and natural beauty, then Thommankuthu is the best place where you can see all three in one place. This waterfall is considered as one of the best waterfalls of Kerala.

Thommankuthu waterfalls are located in the Idukki District of Kerala State. It comes under Kerala Forest Department, Kothamangalam Division, Kaliyar Range. Kannadiyaru is the name of the river flowing through Thommankuthu. It starts 20 kms inside the Plakkulam forest area and flowing through the Kaliyar forest.

Waterfall Thommankuthu

It is believed that the name “Thommankuthu” derived from one tribal leader “Thumban” who has washed away in the river. The main attraction of the river is the chain of waterfalls and mysterious caves. During the Monsoon Season in Kerala, one could see both the beauty and the rage of the river.

Kerala Forest Department has arranged all the basic facilities for the tourists in Thommankuthu. Visitors will be greeted by the reception, which is being managed by local staff. An entry ticket is required for entry in the Forest. It is available in the counter and the entry ticket fee is Rs 30 per adult and Rs 20 for the children (age between 5 to 12 years). After entering the forest, there is one interpretation center available where all the details about the forest, spotting of animals, etc are given by the staff.

There are three main waterfalls in Thommankuth. For the first waterfall, one should walk 600m from the entrance, next is 1 km far from the first waterfall. The last one called Ezhunilakuthu. There are few waterfalls above the Ezhunilakuthu, but to see that one needs to walk again quite a distance which would be stressful. The authorities have built a wooden watchtower which is quite useful for the bird watchers.

Thommankuthu waterfalls

Best Time to Visit Thommankuthu Falls: 

The best time to visit Thommankuthu is from Jun to Nov. Thommankuthu is an uprising tourist attraction and a splendid place to visit. This place is not idle for a visit during summertime when the river bed is dry from Feb to May.

Activities in Thommankuthu:

The waterfall and stream are live after the monsoon in Kerala. During the heavy monsoon time, the river overflows and the three waterfalls become live. Bathing, crossing the river, etc are completely banned during Jun and Jul

Trekking in Thommankuthu:

Eco-Tourism Centre set up by Kerala Forest Department provides trekking facilities. Trekking is available for a minimum group of 5 and it cost Rs 1000. A tourist guide will be provided. Trekking starts at 9 am and available till 5 pm. Common spotting during the trekking is – wild elephants, goats, sambar, largest butterfly, Draco – dragon tailed flying lizard, etc. Trekking can be booked in advance or on reaching the place.

Resorts in Thommankuthu:

There is only one budget resort at Thommankuthu. Wild water resort, which has 16 rooms with A/c and Non-A/c rooms. The approximate cost of the room is Rs 4500 (excluding tax) with breakfast. An in house restaurant provides homely food for the tourists. A small river also flowing in front of the resort.

watch tower inside forest

How to Reach Thommankuthu:

To reach Thommankuthu waterfalls, one needs to reach Thodupuza town. It is only 18 kms to Thommankuthu. One needs to take a turn from Karummannoor Jn. Since the width of the road is not more than 14-15 ft, going by bus from Karummannoor to Thommankuth is not possible.

Nearest railway stations from Thodupuza:

  • Aluva railway station (54 kms)
  • Kottayam railway station (55 kms)
  • Ernakulam railway station (59 kms) 

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport

Nearest town: Karimanoor, Vannapuram, Thodupuzha

Thommankuthu Waterfalls Distance From Below Places: 

Place Km
Thodupuzha 18 km
Kumarakom 83 km
Munnar 61 km
Idukki 55 km
Vagamon 51 km
Thekkady 88 km


Kerala Forest Department,
Eco tourism Centre,
Phone no. – 0485-2822317, 8547601306

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