Are you looking for a break from your hectic work schedule? If so, Vazhvanthol would be a perfect spot for rejuvenation and relief. The Vazhvanthol waterfall is only 45 KM from Trivandrum city, in the Bonacaud region.
The main attraction of this place is its easy accessibility combined with its sheer beauty and calmness. From Trivandrum one need to travel via Nedumangad, Chullimanoor, Vithura, Bonacaud road, by taking right deviation after Vithura.
From Vithura, take Bonacaud route, after 10-12 km, there is a forest check post near Kanithadam. This is the same check post for the Bonafalls and agastyaarkoodam. Entry charges are Rs. 35/- per person and Rs. 25/- for the vehicle. You can proceed further for around one km from the check post in your vehicle and need to walk 2.2 KM through the forest after the parking slot near the settlement area. It will take about one to one and half hours, depending on your ability, to reach out the blistering waterfalls deep inside the forest.
When you reach the top, You can enjoy the beauty of the waterfalls and many rare specious of birds, the atmosphere is calm and rejuvenating. But be extra careful while when you walk over the rocks there, because they are slippery. There are no forest guards, but you can still get some guides from that place.
There is a lake, down in the forest, where you can get bamboo rafts, but please keep life jacket with you, because some parts of that lake is very deep and frozen. But that would be very adventurous and thrilling to raft through that natural lake.
There are no major tour operators offering the trips to vazhvanthol, and not many visitors that too often. so you can enjoy the real beauty of the place in a very calm and natural manner. Hotel Rohini International in vithura( Phone: 0471 857337) were operating a daily package to vazhvanthol including the guides and food ( breakfast, Lunch and dinner) earlier. Lunch will be served within the forest itself, and that is a very good experience. especially once after you finished with the trekking. Their shefs are really good, and you can enjoy Naadan Kappa,Meen curry with other dishes. They used to arrange you the facility for the team building activities in their resort ( if you opted for that).and charges are very reasonable, and their hospitality is really good and worth for every penny you give them.
So, when you plan your outing next time, Vazhvanthol would be a perfect choice.
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