Nuzzled in the folds of the majestic Western Ghats in the picturesque Thusharagiri is a pretty little secret- a set of alluring cascades forming the Thusharagiri Waterfalls whose desperate dash across the rocks is one spectacular sight which can warm the cockles of your heart. Lying 50 km from Kozhikode, the Thusharagiri Waterfalls comprises Erattumukku, Mazhavil Chattom, and Thumbithullum Para which can be reached through trekking.
The journey to track down the waterfalls is in itself a scenic adventure. Hike up the trekking trail in Thusharagiri, an exciting stretch which winds its way through lush greenery. The trail feathers out to a hanging bridge. As you traverse this bridge, treat yourself to your first waterfall- Erattumukku waterfalls. Stop, breathe and feast your eyes on the grand view of this waterfall spilling down the rocky face.
Along the trail, one will encounter the Thanni Muthassi (Grandmother Thanni), a Thanni tree (Bedda Nut Tree) which is believed to be 400 years old. Ever wanted to sneak into a tree? Well, snuggle into the womb of this grandma tree, feel her might and listen to her whisper to you jungle lore. Hollow inside, Thanni Muthassi can accommodate 3 persons at a time.
From Erattumukku one can trek up 400 meters further and you will reach the roaring Mazhavil Chattam (Rainbow Falls). This alluring waterfall gets its name owing to the streaks of rainbow that gets splashed across the rocks as sunlight scatters through the waterfalls. 500m away from here is the third waterfall- the mighty ‘Thumbithullum Para’.
Mist capped mountains, gushing streams, roaring waterfalls, dramatic backdrops of lush woods-this tangle of nature needs to be experienced atleast once in a lifetime. Nature enthusiasts will be in their element here. Come and feel the romance of this captivating place. You will never be the same again.
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, about 50 km
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 23 km from Kozhikode town