Bharanikuzhi waterfalls at Malayattoor forests
Bharanikuzhi is a seasonal waterfalls located in the forests of Malayattoor forest division in Kerala. This a beautiful eco-destination with sizzling waters that will steal the heart of any traveler. Read more about this place and learn how to reach.
The real beauty of Kerala is hidden under the greenbelts which have not found its deserving place in the state's tourist maps yet. In fact, that's a blessing in disguise. If those surprise spots become a tourist destination, they might lose its magical charm.
Bharanikuzhi is a small seasonal waterfalls that appears magically in a rocky stream originating from the mountains and hills of Malayattoor forest division. It's an eco-destination situated in the backdrops of malayattoor hills and is only known to the locals in and around Ernakulam district of Kerala. During June to August, there will be plenty of water and it's a lot of fun to trek through the shallow streams and climb up the hill. Except in a few rock pits, the water level will be less than 2 feet and swimming is not an option.
Paniyeli Poru is a nearby waterfall: Paniyeli Poru - an unspoiled eco tourist destination near Kochi
Bharanikuzhi is pretty close to my parent's home and is at walking distance from the house. However, since there are no paved roads and no human presence in the forest area where the waterfalls is located, we were'nt allowed to go there during our childhood. However, we managed to make a few visits during the vacation, especially on some special occasions when we could go as a large group. As we grew up, we could go more often but still we didn't realize the value of such serene beauty pretty close to our home. After I grew up and became a travel blogger, I started visiting a lot of attractions all over the country and realized the real value of such an amazing eco-destination pretty near to my own village.
Watch this video of Bharanikuzhi
How to reach Bharanikuzhi
Bharanikuzhi is located at the foot hills of Malayattoor Kurisumudi, a tall mountain and a famous Christian pilgrim place. There is no paved road and is not possible to drive beyond "Adivaram", the base point of Malayattoor Kurisumdi mountain. You can park the car at Adivaram and walk through the unpaved trails through the forest on the leftside of the mountain. After you walk about 1 km, you can listen to the sounds of the waterfalls. Once you locate the shallow stream, walk further until you spot the small waterfall and a few deep rock pits.
The name Bharanikuzhi cames from two words: "Bharani" means "large ceramic jar" and "kuzhi" means "pit". This name was given by the villagers because of the few deep pits there which has the shape of large jars.
What can you do there?
There are no activities or attractions around this picnic place. All you can do is, relax with the nature and take bath in the waterfalls. The rocks may be slippery, but other than that this place is very safe. However, beware of snakes and other small wild animals in the trails to the waterfalls. Certain times, wild elephants also make their way to this place, may be to enjoy the beauty of nature! There are many hotels and resorts around Kochi which can be a good option to settle down before exploring the tourist spots around Kochi including Malayyattoor and Kodanad.
Other nearby attractions include:
1. Athirappilly water falls - 20 km. This is one of the important attractions in the Kerala tourism map, with big waterfalls.
2. Mahogany thottam (forest) - a place of natural beauty with very large Mahogany trees. Located at Malayattoor itself within 5 km. A lot of movie shootings happen here.
3. Kodanad elephant training center - located at about 4 km. There is a newly constructed bridge that allows road access to Kodanad.
Where to stay
This place is located inside the forest area in Malayattoor village. There are couple of places for accommodation within a few kilomaters.
1. Hotel Malayattoor Residency - a private hotel located within 2 km, between Malayattoor and the Kurisumudi.
2. Malayattoor Church provides budget rooms for the pilgrims.
Read more about hotels at Malayattoor.
Is this place even open to the public? You have mentioned this is within forest area. Are public allowed to enter this area? Also, is it safe to go with women and kids?