Palaruvi falls is a beautiful water fall at Aryankavu in Kollam district, Kerala state, very close to the Tamilnadu border. Its situated close to Thenmala ecotourism site.
Palaruvi is closed for public from the third week of February 2018 to Middle of May (or till further orders from Kerala Forest Department), due to lack of water.
View of Palaruvi falls.
Palaruvi Falls is a single drop, horsetail type waterfall, which is the 32nd highest waterfall in India, with a height of 91 meters or 299 feet.
How Do I Go to Palaruvi Falls?
Aryankavu town, from where the falls is accessible, is connected to the rest of the country by NH 744; Kollam- Thirumangalam (Madurai) National Highway.
Sengottai is the nearest town with Railway connectivity at around 31 kilometers distance from Aryankadu. If you are traveling to the Palaruvi Falls from Kerala, Punalur town is the nearest major town. There is Broad gauge railway station at Punalur, which is at a distance of around 35 kilometers from the falls. Kerala state government buses on the ghat road from Punalur to Shengottai, passes near to the falls.
There is a railway station at Aryankadu, which is closed now, for gauge conversion work. The existing 113 year old old (as of 2017) meter gauge railway track is being converted to broad gauge railway track. The gauge conversion works were delayed due to the terrain of the area. There is a railway tunnel called “Kottavasal“, measuring 680 meters, i.e. 2,230 feet in length, which starts at Aryankavu in Kerala and ends at Puliyara in Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu.
Punalur Town is at around 35 kilometers distance from the falls. There is a railway station at Punalur, which is connected to Kollam Junction Railway station. Punalur- Sengottai railway line is expected to be operational in 2018.