The sleepy village of Chellarkovil, about 15 km from Kumily, lies on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The village is known for its cascading waterfalls the peculiarity of which is that they emerge from Kerala and fall into the Tamil Nadu region.
The eastern side of the village, which slopes down to the coconut groves of Kambam village in Tamil Nadu, offers a breathtaking view of the plains and valleys below. The view encompasses the plains of Theni as well as Mangaladevi, the highest point in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Treetop huts have been built in the village as part of the eco-tourism programme. Chellarkovil also has a medicinal garden and there are huts in the garden which provide a resting place for visitors. Home-stay facilities are available for an intimate experience of village life in the high ranges.
The place is worth a visit any time of the year except during June and July.