Banatheertham falls a beautiful fall situated near to Tirunelveli in Tamilnadu state of India.
It is part of Agasthyamalai biosphere reserve which was declared as a biosphere in 2011. Agasthyamalai biosphere reserve is spread over Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram districts of Kerala and Knayakumari and Tirunelveli districts of Tamilnadu state. 2000 varieties of medicinal plants, including some 50 rare plants, are found in these biosphere. It is awaiting approval from UNESCO – as participant in Man and Biosphere Programme.
Banatheertham falls is part of the Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is part of the Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve and inside the Karayar Dam.
Banatheertham fall can be reached by a 20 minute boat ride inside the Karaiyar dam, which offers magnificent view of the surrounding forests. After the boat ride, you need to trek 10 minutes inside the forest.
Banatheertham falls have water all through the year, even though December, January and February are ideal months to visit Banatheertham falls.
Banatheertham falls is a magnificent fall when viewed from lake with the dense forest as background. Tamirabarani River is fed by this fall.
These areas have diverse plants, including medicinal plants. The legendary Sage ‘Agasthiya’, father of Siddha Medicine, is believed to have covered these areas to collect medicinal plants.
Banatheertham falls is also known as Vaanatheertham Falls or Karaiyar Falls.
Song ‘Chinna Chinna Aasai …’ of the the Tamil mega hit movie ‘Roja’, directed by the ace director, Mani Ratnam, was shot here.
Vaanatheertham or Banatheertham Falls can be reached from Papanasam to Karayar dam road (near Ambasamudram) in Tirunelveli district of South Tamilnadu. Tirunelveli town is at 65 km away.
Kumbarutti Falls and Manimuthar Dam / Falls (at 38 kilo meters), Courtalam Falls(Courtalam old falls, Courtalam Five falls, Coutalam Tiger falls) at 60 km away , and Papanasam Falls are some of the other major tourist attractions in nearby areas.
How do I go to Banatheertham falls?
Tirunelveli is the nearest Town to Banatheertham falls. Tirunelveli is well connected by train (‘Tirunelveli Junction’ with station code ‘TEN’ is the name for the railway station). Tirunelveli is connected by roads to the rest of India. Tuticorin Airport (TCR) and Madurai Airport (IATA: IXM, ICAO: VOMD) are the nearest airports to the Vanatheertham falls, Tirunelveli.