Like getting drenched in waterfall and trekking through rain forest? Then Mankayam is one place you should visit. River Chittar rises from the hill ranges of Chemunchi and flows down through the forests of Brymore, creating a tributary in the form of Mankayam River. Mankayam is situated at Palode in Nedumangad Taluk.
Mankayam River produces two spectacular waterfalls. One is at Kalakayam, and the other at Kurisadi. The spectacular falls at Kalakayam and Kurisadi can be seen and enjoyed from several points. The Kurisadi Ghat offers an excellent spot for bathing. The entire area from Mankayam to Kalakayam covers a long stretch of forest vegetation on the banks of the Mankayam River.
There are lots of activities to be done here. Visitors are permitted to take a dip in the river at Kurisadi. Dress changing facilities are also available. From Mankayam, visitors can go for trekking. An interior trek area, covering Iruthala Moola – Ayampara, is a half day trek. You will be able to enjoy Ayampara waterfalls and some of the wildlife in the area.
Adventure-inclined visitors may opt for the one day Mankayam – Varayadin Mottai trek. This trek would take one through rolling valleys, grasslands and shola forests. You would also come across the endangered Nilgiri Tahr – a species of wild goat, at the peak of Varayadin Mottai. Camping options, with trained guides, are available. There are a few spectacular spots at Varayadin Mottai and Kalakayam.
Many species of birds can be seen in Kalakayam and Kurisadi area. Birds usually seen in this area are Common King Fisher, Common Myna, Hornbill, Wood Pecker, Indian Cuckoo, Koel etc. Elephants are common in Ayampara Forest area. The other stars of the fauna are Leopard, Indian Wild Dog, Malabar Civet, Malabar Squirrel, Porcupine, Wild Boar etc.
How to reach there:
Mankayam is located en route to Ponmudi hills. Buses ply regularly on the Peroorkada- Nedumangad-Vithura route to Mankayam