Meenmutty Falls – A Trekker’s Paradise
The Meenmutty Waterfall is located in the middle of a lush, moist, tropical forest, off the Ooty Road, around 29 kilometers from Kalpetta in Wayanad district of Kerala. The largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad, Meenmutty is a three-tiered fall. The water plunges down from about 300 meters in three stages, and all the three stages require separate treks. The path is quiet dangerous and tiresome.
To enjoy the fabulous beauty of Meenmutty Falls, you need to trek for about three kilometers from the road. It is an ideal picnic spot but during the rains it becomes slithery. You have to walk through dense foliage to reach the edge of the falls. The hiking can be strenuous, with steep inclines and rocks to climb over. After reaching the edge, it is an easy but slippery climb down the smooth rocks to reach the water. Although, the climb is exhausting, it is well worth it.
Meenmutty is open for tourists from 8 in the morning till 5 in the evening. There is no need to pay any entrance fee for visiting the waterfall. The most popular time to visit the falls is between November and May because the water is too torrential during the post-monsoon months. Early morning and late afternoons are the better times to visit. Accommodation can be found either at Kalpetta or Sulthan Bathery. Meenmutty is about 50kms from Banasura Hill Resort.