Courtallam or Kutralam of Tamil Nadu a beautiful tourist destination with numerous waterfalls. A place of immense natural beauty the Tambarabarani River, Chittar River, Manimuthar River and Pachaiyar River originate from here. Located at an elevation of 170 meters, on the Western Ghats it is often called the Natural Spa of South as it’s believed that the water of the falls here have medicinal properties.
The waters here have healing properties as it passes through a dense herbal forest before cascading down. The mountainous backdrop makes it a splendid location.
Courtallam has nine gorgeous waterfalls. Main Falls (Peraruvi), Small Falls (Chittaruvi), Chembakadevi (Shenbaga) Falls, Honey Falls (Thenaruvi), Five Falls (Aintharuvi), Tiger Falls (Puliaruvi), Old Courtallam Falls (Pazhaya Courtallam), New Falls (Puthu Aruvi), Fruit Garden Falls or Orchard Falls (Pazhathotta Arvui).
The Main Falls is situated right in the town and is a huge cascade with a wonderful flow even in the off season (November- January). The water of this fall is believed to contain medical properties and makes one feel rejuvenated in both mind and body. Temples, verdant surroundings and the gushing sound of the clear white waterfalls add to the beauty of this place. The site even more charming during monsoons. You can even visit snake park, aquarium and children’s part near Main Falls.
The other falls that are must visit are Five Falls (Aintharuvi), Orchard Falls (Pazhathotta Aruvi) and the Tiger Falls (Puliaruvi).
Peraruvi, Aintharuvi and Pazhaya Courtallam are the falls that can be reached by road. To visit the rest one needs to trek a few kilometers at least.
Besides the water falls, the town is famous for its two temples, Thirukuttralanathar dedicated to Lord Shiva and the another one dedicated to Lord Muruga.
Tenkasi or Dakshina Kasi is famous for the temple dedicated to Viswanatha. It is just 7 kilometers from Courtallam. Thirumalaipuram, 16 kilometers from Tenkasi has a beautiful rock cut temple with Ganesha, Vishnu and Dancing Shiva.
15 kilometers from Courtallam, there is Thirumalaiappan Pozhil, Lord Muruga’s temple located on the top of a hill rock over here.
Stay and Food
There are many spa resorts and good hotels in Courtallam. Tenkasi also has a number of options for a comfortable stay. There are also many budgets hotels and lodges here.
Traditional South Indian cuisine, both vegetarian and nonvegetarian can be relished on, while you are at Courtallam. Parotta is the must have dish while you are at this place.
The nearest airport to Courtallam is at Thiruvananthapuram. It is almost 100 kilometers from Courtallam. You can visit Thenmala eco-tourism center, Palaruvi Waterfalls and Kulathuppuzha Ayyappa temple en route. Madurai airport is around 200 kilometers from there.
If you want to travel by train, you can reach Tenkasi (7 kilometers) or Tirunelveli (65-70 kilometers).
The stunning waterfalls of Courtallam make it a wonderful tourist destination as well as an alluring picnic spot.