Chilled water dropping from the mighty mountains, tearing down into a pit covered with pebbles and sand. Pindrop silence surrounds the area and is distracted by the chirping of birds. Seems like a location in the Alps region of Switzerland, right. But it's in Kerala, in the district of Pathanamthitta which is famed for its scenic nature.
Panamkudantha waterfalls is an undiscovered tourism destination which is located beside the Sabarimala forest and holy pamba river. It is just 30 kilometers away from the district headquarters. The exact location of the waterfalls is in Kurumpanmoozhy, a remote area with a smaller population. On reaching Kurumpanmoozhy, a small off-road drive of one kilometre through the forest will reach you to the destination. Always remember to make the travel either in bikes or in off-road vehicles as it will help better to experience the uniqueness of the terrain. The entire area is blessed with a cool climate as the trees provide a natural shelter and you can also experience the freshness of clean air which can refresh the mind of travelers. Running water throughout the year, shallow water pits, well connectivity of roads from the neighboring districts are the major reasons which attract the local tourists to this waterfall.
A visit during the monsoon season is the best way to witness the magnificent view of the waterfalls and at the same time, it can lead to accidents on entering the water for bathing. So, it is advised to visit the waterfalls between the month of August to September. The travelers are also recommended not to carry any snacks in plastic wrappers as there will be a tendency to dispose off them in nature. Being in Panamkudantha waterfalls, acting as a responsible tourist, and preserving nature should be always muttered in the mind.
Panamkudantha is near to one of the famous waterfalls in southern Kerala, Peruthenaruvi, which has both tourism and religious importance. Peruthenaruvi is blessed with tourism developments and at the same time, Panamkudantha is ignored by the tourism department of the Kerala government. A lot of eco-friendly tourism activities can be introduced in this area which can help in attracting a lot of tourists across Kerala and at the same time it can also provide a source of income to the poor people living nearby.
If proper development and promotion activities are organized, it is sure that Panamkudantha waterfalls can rise into the position of one of the major travel destinations in Travancore.