Cherrapunji of South India
The Chinnakallar Falls are located in the picturesque area of Valparai, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. A narrow trail amongst rugged bushes, leads to the Chinnakallar falls. This gushy, roaring, moist and misty waterfall provides a feast to the tourist eye! A famous song from the Tamil movie ‘Suryavansam’ was filmed at this location, to commemorate these beautiful falls. The Chinnakallar falls are located at a distance of 26 kilometers from Valparai. Valparai is the second highest receiving area of rainfall, after Cherrapunji in the east. This place is considered wet all year around like Mawsymram, Cherrapunji and Agumbe.
The tourist attractions in and around Valparai are Monkey Falls, Vellai Vinayagar Temple, Number Para Viewpoint, Nallamudi Point, Neerar Dam, Shollayar Dam, Athirampally Falls, Balaji Temple, Azhiyar Dam, Rhythm Falls, Grass Hills, Azhiyar Park, Uralikal, Karamalai Annai Velankanni Church, Iraichal Parai Falls, Birla Falls, Congreve Falls etc. The hotels available for tourist accommodation are Hotel Green Hill, Valparai Krishna Inn, Hotel Treat, Hotel Holiday Break, Whispering Falls Resort, All Season Guest House, Sinna Dorai’s Bungalow, Waterfall Ropeway Bungalow, Wood House Resort, Valparai Home Stay Residence etc. Some of the important places of tourist interest have been elaborated below:
Monkey Falls are located at the foot of Valparai. They can be placed at a distance of 5 kilometers from Aaliyar. As the name suggests, the visitor can encounter thousands of macaques at this cascade! They are locally known as ‘Chinna Kutralam’.
Vellai Vinayagar Temple
This temple is dedicated to the Elephant God Ganesha, whose pure white statue graces the premises of this well maintained temple. The location of the temple is 5 kilometers from Sholayar.
Athirampally falls are officially part of Kerala state. They are located at a distance of 35 kilometers from Sholayar. These falls were shot in a hit Tamil movie ‘Punnagai Mannan’.
The location of Balaji Temple is 10 kilometers from Valparai. It’s a huge temple of Lord Balaji, with neat and clean premises.
These falls lie 5 kilometers ahead of the Athirampally falls.
This dam is located at a distance of 15 kilometers from Valparai. It provides electricity and irrigation waters to the surrounding areas.
A Hanging Bridge was built across the Chinnakallar Falls, during the pre-independent times of the British in India. It was built by the British with the help of ropes to tie the wooden boards. This is the reason why Chinnakallar falls are also known as Lawson falls also. This bridge provides for an adventurous trekking access to the visitors of the falls. The area surrounding the falls is a green dense reserve forest area, with tall trees within. The jungles around the falls breed wildlife such as elephants and deer. One can find fresh elephant movement marks and the barking of deer, while at the Chinnakallar falls. The ideal time to visit these falls is from the months of September to March.