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Hiking to Meenmutty Waterfalls in Kerala: Get your Feet on it

Meenmutty waterfalls are three tiered in nature and located in Wayanad, a beautiful district in north-east Kerala, India. Wayanad is a home to many famous tourist spots like Meenmutthy and Socchipara Waterfalls, Edakkal Caves, Banasura Sagar Dam, etc. Everything about this place is purely magical. A jungle trek of about 2.1 kms leads to Meenmutty waterfalls.

Meenmutty Waterfalls: An Overview

Location Wayanad, Kerela. Southern India
Timing 9AM to 4PM

1PM: usually not too busy

Entry fee of waterfall Adult- INR 30

Children- INR 15

Foreigner- INR 60

Camera- INR 75

Temperature Min- 17 degree Celsius

Max- 26 degree Celsius

Best time to visit October to May
Alternate Name Ooty of kerela
How to reach Wayanad By Air: Nearest Airports: Kannur (upcoming) – 89 km, Calicut – 97 km, Bangalore – 317 km

By Rail: Nearest Railway Stations: Calicut – 85 km, Kannur – 113 km, Bangalore – 280 km

By Road: Various buses run up to Kozhikode from Bangalore, Chennai and Mysore. Direct buses to Wayanad are also available.

For self-drive/rental cab, distance is 300 km on NH212. Alternately, another route is through Nagarhole and Manathvady.

NOTE-  NHs 212 that cut across Bandipur tiger reserveis closed from 9pm to 6 am.

Travel Time

 

6-7 hours
Total cost of the trip The cost per person, inclusive of travel, accommodation, food and entry fee of all the tourist attractions, will come around 3-4k when in a group. For solo travelers, the cost might increase a bit because you alone will have to bear the accommodation charges.
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Meenmutty Waterfalls. Photography by Anil Chinni

Meenmutty Waterfalls: Nature’s Gem at Wayanad

Water falling from a height of over 300 feet, makes Meenmutty waterfalls both magnificent and ferocious. They are the biggest waterfall in Wayanad and the second largest in Kerala. The name ‘Meenmutty’ derived from the concept that the fishes are blocked here. ‘Meen’ means ‘fish’ and ‘Mutty’ means ‘blocked’ and thus ‘Meenmutty’. Bathing in Meenmutty waterfalls is allowed only in the dry season. Meenmutty waterfalls are considered to be a dangerous spot, therefore be extra careful while in the water. The waterfalls will make you believe that nature can be wild, powerful and purely magical. You can keep watching and it never gets monotonous.

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Meenmutty Falls are nature’s wonder truly. Photography by Safan Bin Rasheed

Reasons to visit Meenmutty Waterfalls during Monsoons

Lovely overflowing Waterfalls– Meenmutthy is one of the best waterfalls of Wayanad. Monsoon is when it is at its full glory. The view is simply spectacular. Though you won’t be allowed to bathe in it during monsoons but it’s totally worth the sacrifice. The throb of water falling from height was boundlessly satisfying.

Lush green hills– What can be better than forests in monsoon? Nothing! Wayanad has huge dense forests. Trekking through these forests is a different experience on the whole. You can go amidst these forests while trekking for Meenmutthy waterfalls.

Foggy roads– I personally love road trips. Whether it’s a car, a bike or something even better, a Jeep; a road trip to hilly areas can never disappoint the adventurer in you. In monsoon, these hills are immersed in big clouds. And so are you when you are on them.

 Great discounts on hotels– Going anywhere off season gives you great deals on hotel stays. So, if you are running low on a budget, visit the place off season. You can avoid crowd, long queue and save some money.

WARING- Beware of the leaches. They love monsoon too!

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Unique flora around Meenmutty Falls. Photography by Ellen

 

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Wild mushrooms growing on a branch near Meenmutty Falls. Photography by Priyabrata D

 

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A beautiful red and black snail on the way to Meenmutty Falls. Photography by Sandeep Matil

Best Stay Options near Meenmutty Falls

Tree house: If you are in a group, tree houses can be ultimate fun. And affordable at the same time. Punchiri Cottage is one such tree house that you can book via Airbnb. It is on a hill top amidst the jungle for which you must walk 500m from parking area. They do not provide all the facilities as in a hotel, but if you are a nature lover then this, my friends, is all what you need in Wayanad. Distance from Meenmutthy waterfalls- 17kms .

A tree house or a cottage plus rainsplus barbeque! Heavenly. Tree houses and cottages are readily available in Wayanad which you can book from Airbnb or any other such website. These provide a very different feeling than regular rooms in a hotel. The above combination is a must try. Recommended.

Cottage, lodge or a resortThere are many cottages available near Meenmutthy waterfalls which provide all the basic materials needed for bonfire and barbeque. You can book these cottages online to avoid last minute hassle.

Budget Hotels:  Beautiful hotels are available near Meenmutthy waterfalls where you can stay at leisure and admire the beauty of Wayanad.



How to reach Meenmutty Waterfalls ?

Meenmutty waterfalls are located 29 km from Kalpetta and 15 km from Banasura Sagar Dam. A bus or taxi is easily available from Kalpetta if you don’t have your personal vehicle.

Meenmutthy Waterfalls – The Trek

Meenmutty waterfalls offers a challenging and fun trek through the jungle. From the parking area, you must hike for about 2 km to reach the waterfall. There are two tiers before the main waterfall which gives a glance of the Meemutty waterfalls. The trek takes you through the lush moist deciduous jungle. Food stalls are there near the parking but just one chai point midway in the 2km trek. There are ropes tied wherever the trek becomes difficult or the path goes slippery. You got to hold on these ropes for grip. Meenmutty waterfall gives you a genuine hiking experience.

The trek is somewhat tiresome as the slope is a bit steep but when you hear the water falling from vicinity, adrenaline starts rushing in you. After reaching the waterfall, you will feel it was all worth it.

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The hiking route to Meenmutty Falls. Photography by Atul Kelatt

Safety Level of Meenmutty Waterfalls for Women Backpackers

Wayanad is a safe place for women. The locals are helpful and kind. Though you can face some problem communicating to the people, but Wayanad being a tourist spot, some locals come forward to help. Avoid roaming around till late in the night.

Tips for travelers

1.A good trekking experience is directly proportional to a good pair of shoes. More comfortable the better.

2.Keep a set of extra clothes and towel. But avoid packing too many things in your bag pack to ensure a smooth trek.

3.Weather in Wayanad is unpredictable. So, carry proper gears, especially in monsoons.

4.Be safe- Meenmutty waterfalls are dangerous. Accidents can happen because of wet rocks, fast current, etc.

5.Keep a water bottle as you might need it while trekking.

6.Lastly, don’t forget your camera. The water fall is beautiful.

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While on a trip to Meenmutty Falls, keep the essential travel tips in mind. Photography by Akhil Thakilan

Places to Visit Near Meenmutty Waterfalls

Chembra peak

It is the highest point of Wayanad and an ideal spot for trekking. Chembra peak is famous for the view of heart shaped lake visible from the top. Distance from Meenmutty waterfalls- 45 km

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Chembra Peak. Photography by Uddhav

Socchipara Waterfalls

Another beautiful waterfall at 69 km from Meenmutthy waterfall. To reach the main view point of the waterfall, a trek of 2 km is to be done.

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Soochipara Falls. Photography by Kajin

Neelimala View Point

This is one of the best view points in Wayanad giving a dazzling view of 5 different falls and river.  Distance from Meenmutty waterfalls- 49 km

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Neelimala View Point. Photography by Monisha P Vashisht

Edakkal Caves

Located at 1200 m above sea level, these caves are one of the oldest signs of human settlement to be discovered.  Distance from Meenmutty waterfalls- 48 km

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Eddakkal Caves. Photography by Suneil Gupta

Banasura Sagar Dam

The Dam is largest earthen dam in India and second largest in Asia. The view from the dam is spectacular. Distance from Meenmutty waterfalls- 3 km

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Banasura Sagar Dam. Photography by Rajiv

Visit Meenmutty Waterfalls while in Wayanad. Spend some time amidst nature.

Happy Wayfaring 🙂

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Meenmutty Waterfalls

Astha Agrawal

Astha Agrawal is presently working with an MNC as a Software Engineer. She is a fun-loving, fearless and daring adventure enthusiast who wants to visit every corner of the world and unfailingly try every adventure sport. She adores cats and monkeys, and is against animal killing. She loves talking to people about their life experiences because she believes she can learn a lot from each one of them. She wants to make travel her only routine.

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