8 Best Waterfalls in Kodaikanal - 2020 (With Photos & Reviews)
Waterfalls in Kodaikanal include Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade Waterfall, Vattakanal Waterfalls, Fairy Falls, Kumbakkarai Falls, Liril Falls, Pambar Falls and many more.

A hill town located in the southern part of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal boasts of the misty mountains, gushing waterfalls, serene lakes, valleys and the balmy climate. Amongst such fascinating elements of mother nature, Kodaikanal waterfalls are the most coveted by the travellers who come here.

These cascades are the perfect spots for a serene picnic with your friends and family. Stand under the milky waters thrashing down from an expansive height for a natural back massage or take a dip in the refreshing ponds below them. You can even hike up on some of these falls for an adventurous twist. If not all this, then just come here and admire their beauty from afar.


Here are the best Waterfalls in Kodaikanal:

01

Bear Shola Falls

Bear Shola Falls

Bear Shola Falls is a seasonal waterfall which exudes with life only during monsoons. The water level is at its fullest around that time of the year. During the off-season, this waterfall gives way to the beautiful climbing path, thereby making it an ideal spot for short treks.

About 1 km trail of unpaved path flanked by wild plants is something to look forward to on this trek. Located amidst the forest, it is quiet and peaceful, making it one of the most preferred destinations for nature lovers.

You may as well come across rare species of animals and plants here.  Situated at around 2 km from the popular tourist attraction-the Kodaikanal Lake, this Kodaikanal Falls is a perfect picnic spot for you.

Location
: Bear Shola Falls Pathway, Kodaikanal, 624103, Tamil Nadu

Timings
: Sunrise to Sunset. Open all days

Height of the waterfall
: 2156 Meters

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02

Liril Falls

Liril Falls

Liril Falls is one of the most popular viewpoints in Kodaikanal owing to the popular Liril ad film that was shot here. It is a beautiful cascading fall surrounded by hills which can be trekked to get a picturesque view of the Kodaikanal city.

This place is isolated but is inhabited sparingly by the locals and therefore you will find tea stalls and snacks bars all along. The terrain to this spot is a stretch of about 1.5 kms but is extremely rough.

But once you start your journey on this steep narrow path, you will find a panoramic view of the beautiful mountains and valleys around.

Location
: Golf Links Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu-624101

Timings
: 8:30 am to 5 pm

Height of the Waterfall: 
2120 m

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03

Silver Cascade Waterfall

Silver Cascade Waterfall

Located on the road from Kodaikanal to Madurai, Silver Cascade is a natural waterfall in Kodaikanal, emanating from overflowing of the famous Kodaikanal Lake. It is a perfect stopover for tourists’ en route Madurai. You can just stop by this fall and soak in the stunning view before continuing on your journey.

You will also find fruit vendors and small shops around this area. Although you are not allowed to go very close to this waterfall, the cool breeze and surrounding lush landscape will leave you speechless.

Location
: Kodaikanal Ghat Road, Tamil Nadu- 624101

Timings
: N/A

Height of the waterfall
: 54 Meters

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04

Vattakanal Waterfalls

Vattakanal Waterfalls

Vattakanal Waterfalls is one of the smallest waterfalls in Kodaikanal which is still unknown to the tourist fraternity. You can make an impromptu trip to this waterfall as it barely 3 km away from the main city of Kodaikanal. Surrounded by trees, hills and lush greenery all around, this waterfall presents a spectacular view.

If you are a hiker, you may even come across a small trail for hiking. The best time to visit this fall is during monsoons when the waterfall is in its full bloom.

Since the road leading to this waterfall is narrow, it is advisable to tread the small patch of 1 km on foot. Upon reaching the spot, you may calm your feet by dipping them into the cool water of this waterfall.

Location
: Vattakanal Waterfalls, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu-624101

Timings
: N/A

Height of the Waterfall
: 2011 Meters

05

Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls is one of the least discovered waterfalls in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. There is not much besides this waterfall in the adjacent areas therefore; this place is quite serene with a hint of flora and fauna all around.

Although no direct roads lead to this waterfall, you may still take directions from the locals to reach this place. The surrounding area is clean, unlike most tourist spots. If you want to just let the sound of the falling water soothe your soul, this is the right place for you.

Location
: Fairy Falls Road, Kodaikanal-624103

Timings
: N/A

Height of the Waterfall: 
61 m

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06

Kumbakkarai Falls

Kumbakkarai Falls

Kumbakkarai Falls is one of the unexplored waterfalls in Kodaikanal situated at around 9 kms from Periyakulam at the foothills of Kodaikanal Hills. This waterfall has an interesting origin at the Kodaikanal Hills as at first, water collect in huge recesses and then the Pambar River flows before falling as the main waterfall.

Travelers throng this waterfall mostly to take bath. Surrounded by forests, you can smell the herbal plants around. There is a nominal entry fee to this fall as there are restrooms around the place. You can visit this waterfall with your family and spend long hours just enjoying the gentle water there.

Location
: Kumbakkarai Road, Tamil Nadu-624101

Timings
: 8 AM till 4 PM

Height of the Waterfall: 
400 m

07

Pambar Falls

Pambar Falls

Pambar Falls is one of the tiniest Waterfalls in Kodaikanal situated in the Dindigul district of Kodaikanal. Also known as the “Grand Cascade”, this fall poses a magnificent sight. At the end of the fall, there is a good site for bathing in the fresh water.

Situated amidst the forest, this waterfall provides an excellent trekking trail. The view of the adjacent Giant Mountain Squirrel and Lion’s Cave is also spectacular. Apart from this waterfall, tourists can also venture out to these places for more activities.

If you are a nature lover, you will love this place for its rich flora and fauna. Easily accessible from the main road, Pambar Falls, this spot can be reached using public transportation like bus or cab.

Location
: Golf Links Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu -624101

Timings
: 10 am to 6 pm

Height of the Waterfall: 
2120 m

08

Thalaiyar Falls

Thalaiyar Falls

Also known as the Rat Tail Falls, Thalaiyar Falls is situated in the Palani Hills Ranges in Dindigul District of Kodaikanal. It is the highest Waterfalls in Kodaikanal, sixth highest in India and 267th highest in the world.

You will see this magnificent waterfall on your way to Kodaikanal. It comes to its full glory during monsoons. Nestled between the surrounding lush green hills, this waterfall is bestowed with the best of nature’s landscapes which you will not fail to notice on your way to Kodaikanal.

It appears as a long silver line amidst the mass of foliage surrounding the mountains. Hiking is also allowed near this waterfall but only during the dry season. It is a popular tourist spot and most people enjoy the sight from the View Tower situated at the nearby Dum Dum Rock.

Location
: Thalaiyar Falls, Tamil Nadu 624101

Visiting Hours
: 10 am to 6 pm

Height of the Waterfall
: 297 m

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