Anchuruli Tunnel and Waterfall

Anchuruli Tunnel and waterfall, Kattapana, Idukki

Spend an evening at the scenic catchment area of the Idukki dam reservoir. If you are riding to Kattapana, Idukki then the Anchuruli tunnel and waterfall are something that you should not miss. Just 12kms from the Kattapana town lies this less known scenic spot.

  • The view of the Idukki Dam Reservoir surrounded by the hills and the sloppy grasslands are quite a sight.
  • The water coming out of the tunnel takes a rocky path before it falls into the reservoir which is a superb view.
  • One can walk towards the tunnel, enter it and experience the chilled water coming out of it. But you are not allowed to walk further down as the unsteadily flow of water could be dangerous at times.
  • If lucky, you will get to see wild animals straying along the banks of the reservoir

Some Facts:

When the water level in the Dam Reservoir is low, you can see five little islands that resembles five vessels immersed upside down. Hence the place got its name Anchuruli (“anchu” means five and “uruli” means vessel). The tunnel is approximately 4 Kms long through the mountains carrying water from the Erattayar all the way to the Idukki Dam Reservoir.

How to Reach: Reach Kattapana – 12Kms – Anchuruli

Variyam Kuthu


Variyam Kuthu near Thattekad in Ernakulam district is a less explored destination in Kerala. There is no proper roads and the only way to get to the falls is through the jungle. You could either walk 8 kms through the jungle or hire a jeep to the falls. Unlike other jungles in Kerala you don’t need permission from the forest department to get to the falls.

• Walking through the thick Bamboo forests is an unforgettable experience, trust us.
• Along the way you will come across a river, which is shallow and has got Rocky River bed. You will definitely love spending time in the water.
• This bamboo jungle is a favorite destination for elephants. But the chances of seeing one is very rare. But it won’t be a good idea to go there at dusk.
• Before you reach Variyam Kuthu falls, you will come across a small water fall where you can relax for a while and then continue your walk.
• 6kms into the jungle, you will reach a tribal village. You could buy honey and they have a collection of medicinal plants.

How to reach: Ernakulam -40kms – Muvatupuzha- 20 kms-Thattekad -15kms-Mlavana-Hire a Jeep(Forget this option if you’re serious about trekking) – 8 kms to the waterfalls.