Thalaiyar Falls /Rat Tail Falls Kodaikanal
TRAVEL GUIDE :
Hikers should be cautious, as two western tourists were fell from the top of the falls in 2006.It is possible to hike to the bottom of the falls in the dry season, start at manjalar Dam-the full hike covers 15kms and takes a full day. Manjalar Dam is at end of manjarlar Road about 5.5kms north at devadanpatti town start along kamachi Amman Temple Road.
THALAIYAR FALL INFO
Elevation : 820 meters(2,690 ft)
Height : 975 ft (297m)
Highest waterfall in tamilnadu
3rd Highest waterfall in india
267 highest waterfall in world
13 KM away from Ghat road
Dum Dum Rock panoramic view of rat falls
Manjalar Dam (left)
Manjalar Reservoir- 2.1 kilometres (1.3 mi) long (center)
Manjalar River (right).
Thalaiyar Falls are 2.8 kilometres (1.7 mi) more to the right.
Thalaiyar falls also known as rat tail falls located in the palani hills .it is 975ft(297m) tall and it is the highest waterfall in tamilnadu,The third highest in India and 267th Highest in the World
On a clear day rat tail falls is visible from the dum dum rock view point on the Batalugundu to kodaikanal Ghat Road 3.6 kms away to the west.it appers across the valley as a long thin white strip of cascading water on a background of black rock cliff face that just out of the foothills.
The very edge at the top of the falls has a low concrete wall on either side concentrating the flow of water to focus the falls into a better rat tail shape. One can walk along the wall and get near the center of the falls. Just below one wall is a large flat rock about 5ft wide. One can get down to the edge of the rock to look directly straight down to see a little river at the bottom continuing placidly through the forest.The river water coming to the falls, though 9 km downstream from Perumal Malai village and apparently clear, may be polluted, and visitors to the area are advised to avoid drinking it.
Rat Tail Falls is considered inaccessible to the general public, as there is no road to it. The top of the falls is a rewarding and challenging hike destination.