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#1 Jul 17th, 2009, 13:27
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Any recommendations on the best hotel or lodge near Main falls?

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I Would say Better to stay in ThenKasi and go to MainFalls,5 Falls, Shenbaga Falls By Auto. Because much facilities availables with in city (while comparing with Outer) and it will take 5 mins to reach courtalam from Thenkasi. But Near Main falls Kourtalam Heritage is there, you can check it out there.
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I agree with Sundar's recommendation on accomodation.

Hotel Thavamani [ NEar old Bus stand - Thenkasi] is worth a Stay and Restaurant attached to it serves nice Hot / Spicy Food]

But as a tourist you may not be able to visit or Reach Shenbagadadevi Falls as it's around 3 kms trek and very dangerous to take bath too.You can spend more time in Main falls, 5 Falls and even old Courtallam. Puli Aruvi is almost like a shower only and "Then Aruvi" [Honey waterfalls] and Shenbagadadevi Falls are for Adventourous people and Not exactly meant for Taking bath .

And almost 90% of Courtallam Lodges are leased to outsiders ONLY for season and you can't expect a professional approach out there and Rates will be Multi-Folded in Season!

One Lodge you can depend on Courtallam and that's Hotel Tamilnadu [ Right in Thenkasi - Courtallam road itself and around 1 km before main Falls and this is one of the lodges which operates year round and it's Government of Tamilnadu Hotel and food is Average so you need to depend on hotels on Thenkasi OR even Sengottai which are year around hotels]

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yes Velu Recommendation about Thavamani Lodge is really worthable for Money and superb sceneric and wind will be there if you get rooms on right side of that lodge
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When is the correct time/season in Kutralam guys?
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Originally Posted by family_traveller View Post When is the correct time/season in Kutralam guys?
Its after the monsoon i guess which is say early october after south west monsoon recedes.thats when western ghats gets some showers.but it might be also after north east monsoon which is the predominant one for tamilnadu.starting december should be fine then.Anyway my point is in summer, april may not find water.
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The season starts in June. Be aware that it will be crowded to an extent that u will not find even space to take bath. We normally head towards palaruvi which is 5 kms from Ariyankavu in the TN-kerala border. Ayyappa temple is famous over here.
The skulduggery that the priestly class indulge in in the name of religion to weaken our unity and expropriate our hard-earned wealth and ruin our society and country and make us into people without self-respect and living corpses, is nothing less than the damage done to us in the name of politics by politicians and so-called nationalists.
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Hi,

I visited Kutralam on April 25-27th,2010 [For Family function] and it was just Rocks in Main Falls and Sitraruvi with NO WATER.
In Iyntharuvi [ Five Falls] , it's minimal water with Big queue for bath.

But There were occassional rains on 27th and the funniest thing with courtallam is , even if it Drizzles a bit in Tenkasi , Sengottai Areas , there will be Enough water in "Main falls" for 1 hour or so.

Normally season sets in Around May last week to June 1st week and there will be Too much of water with very less crowd in December,January timeframe with only "Iyyappa Devotees" taking bath in all falls.

In Actual season, room rents go two to three times and it will be crowded to extremly crowded but it's worth.

If you don't mind walking , "Shenbagadadevi falls" will have water even in peak of summer . Yes on Apr25-27th, Some of our group went on this 2 km+trek and there were enough water in the Shenbagadevi falls. While climbing upto this falls, you will be at the top of Main Falls and it's a Nice view . Except Season, this Forest path is highly unsafe and should be avoided at any cost.

"Pala Aruvi" which Varada mentions is also too good and it's off-the-track and it's more for vieweing pleasure than taking bath [I went in Peak Monsoon and That's what I observed]. For this , we need to take permission from forest dept office just in Sengottai-Punalur road [We infact skipped this and walked nearer to the falls to be turned away to get the slip].

I will post here when the season Actually sets in !

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Hi,
I plan to reach Kutralam from Alleppy, Kerala.Is there any direct bus/train route? If yes, how long it will take? Plan-2 is Alleppy to Kollam through back-water, and Kollam to Kurtalam by bus/train. Again how long it will take?Is night service available? Thanks in advance.
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Samya,

From Alleppey, there are 2 Direct buses [ Ernakulam to Tuticorin] which passes Via Kutralam [Only during Season. Read June to July Mid] . Other times, these buses will pass Via Shengottai-Tenkasi-Tirunelveli. You can get down at Shengottai and there are ample buses / Taxis/ Autos to Kutralam [And it's just 7 kms]


Please be aware the abovesaid 2 buses are Tamilnadu Government's Semi-Deluxe Express Buses which stops only at very few places but it's a Non A/C and Reclining Seats are not present.

If you have elders/kids, Board Train#6128 Dep:00:13 Alleppey Arr:Tirunelveli 07:40 hours. From Tirunelveli, there are buses to Tenkasi/Kutralam/Sengottai every 1/2 an hour and it's 1 1/2 hours journey in good Roads. Please be Aware this is Circuitous but comfortable option.

On your next Question, I really doubt whether Alleppey to Kollam Houseboat exists nowadays. If this is available, From Kollam there are buses to Tenkasi every 1 hour in Day time [ avoid Travelling beyond 7 pm as the buses gets very highly crowded] and it's 100 kms 3 1/2 hours journey with 50% of this Circuit is highly Scenic Ghat road.

In Non season Days, all buses ply Via Sengottai-Tenkasi Bypassing Kutralam and kutralam is 5 kms from Tenkasi and 7 kms from sengottai.

Planning is very important for Kutralam as it's a place which will come live for just 1 to 1 1/2 months a year and accomodations were booked well ahead by Tourists [With Skyrocketed prices] and you have to be doubly sure the season is ON [Which only locals will know Or Regional newspapers in that region publishes the Status of "Waterfalls" for that 2 months].

If you need more info, Please post !

Velu
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Dear pmvelu,
thanks for your detailed answer. According to you there is no bus from Alleppy to Kutralam/Shengottai/Tenkasi originating from Alleppy. The TN Govt. buses come from Ernakulam, and so no seat may be available in the midway. But how long the bus takes for the journey?
Regarding Alleppy to Kollam, I have read in some other site(can't remember now) a Govt. ferry runs daily, taking near about 8 hours, fare Rs.300/-. Is it true?
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Originally Posted by samya033 View Post Dear pmvelu,
thanks for your detailed answer. According to you there is no bus from Alleppy to Kutralam/Shengottai/Tenkasi originating from Alleppy. The TN Govt. buses come from Ernakulam, and so no seat may be available in the midway. But how long the bus takes for the journey?
Your are right. Once I did travelled in this bus from ernakulam to Tenkasi and all of the seats were filled in Ernakulam KSRTC bus stand itself and it took close to 7 1/2 hours for Sengottai and it's bit uncomfortable for night Journey and it stopped for 45 minutes in Alleppey Bus stand for Dinner and Near Sengottai for early morning tea [Around 30 minutes].

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Originally Posted by samya033 View Post Regarding Alleppy to Kollam, I have read in some other site(can't remember now) a Govt. ferry runs daily, taking near about 8 hours, fare Rs.300/-. Is it true?
As Far as I know, this service is not active nowadays but I may be wrong. May be you call any DTPC number in Kollam or Alleppey and get confirmation.

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Just checked http://www.dtpcalappuzha.com/intinerary.html, thanks for make me remember the DTPC site, though I am not sure whether the site is being updated regularly.
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Good Find. Mostly it should be up-to-date and Kerala Government had made sure Every District of kerala has their own "District Tourism Promotion Council [ DTPC]" website .

Have a nice Trip ahead Samya.

Velu

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