|Kutralam, is a panchayat town located at an elevation of 167m in Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. Kutralam is famous for the cascading waterfalls and for the medical properties of the water flowing through thick herbal forests. Kutralam Waterfalls is known as the “Spa of South India” due to the presence of multiple health resorts and also called as “Ooty for poor” due to its splendid climate. Climate will be fantastic during the monsoon season of South India falling between the months June and September. North East Monsoon sets over in Tamilnadu between October and December during which the water flow will be very high due to heavy rainfall.
LOCATIONKutralam is located in Tirunelveli district in the state Tamilnadu, India. Located on the Western Ghats, the surroundings are inundated with exquisite beauty. The Agasthiar malai (mountain), which is named after a sage, Agasthiar, adds beauty to the place. The nearby cities to Kutralam are Tenkasi (Kasi of South India), Madathara and Anchal. Kutralam Waterfalls is located 5km away from Sengottai, 6km from Tenkasi, 40km from Tirunelveli, 137km away from Kanniyakumari, 152km from Alleppey, 112km from Thiruvananthapuram and 640 km from Chennai.
The town is also referred as Mukthiveli, Nannagaram, Pithur Kanda, Theerthapuram, Thirunagaram and Vasanthaperur.
ATTRACTIONSThere are 9 waterfalls located in Kutralam. They are as follows:
The three major waterfalls reachable by road are Peraruvi, Aintharuvi, and Pazhaya Courtallam Falls. Other waterfalls like Shenbaga Devi Falls and Thenaruvi are reachable only by trekking on the mountain.
POPULARITYKutralam is very much for the waterfalls (Kutralam Waterfalls), splendid climate and sizzling water drops that fall upon us removing all the stress in our mind and body. It is also popular for the medical properties of the water. People travel all the way to have bath in Kutralam water falls as the water flows through the forests that are rich in medical herbs.
There are two popular temples located here – Thirukuttralanathar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and another temple dedicated to Lord Muruga.
Thirukutralanathar kovil contains many interesting inscriptions about Chola and Pandya kings. From this temple, about few kilometers away, there lies Chitra Sabha, a temple dedicated to Lord Nataraja, decorated with the paintings of rural deities and devotees, ethical stories and religious events.
Many fruits are also found here like ramdan, mangoosten, egg fruit, dorian etc. Some of the specialties of Kutralam are Tirunelveli Halwa, Masala Paal (Masala milk), Aruvi thundu (a towel made of thin cotton) and the Children’s park.
GETTING THEREKutralam is well-connected by road, rail and air.
The nearest airport to Kutralam is Tuticorin airport that is 86 km away. The closest airport to Kutralam railway station is Neyveli Airport that is situated at a distance of 60.49 Km and Tanjavur airport that is located at a distance of 63.09 Km.
The nearest railway station to Kutralam is Tenkasi railway station. It is connected to Chennai and Tirunelveli frequently through trains. Few trains are Podhigai Express (Chennai Egmore to Shenkottai and vice versa), Shenkottai to Madurai Passenger and Shenkottai to Tirunelveli Passenger.
Regular bus services are available to Kutralam from the major cities of Tamilnadu. Special bus services are also operated by the government during the season. The city has two bus stands – one in the southern part of the city, namely the Central Bus stand, and another in the northern part, namely Chatram Bus stand. To supplement the town bus service there is also an availability of taxis, auto-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws.