Eriyattupara Waterfalls

Eriyattupara Waterfalls

We left Marmala Waterfall with immense pleasure because we saw a waterfall which is not that polluted or congested with tourists. As we covered Marmala way before that we expected we had time to explore more. That’s when Bimal told about visiting one more waterfall which is almost 25 km from Marmala. We had time and we all agreed to his suggestion. We took a different route on our way back. There was another road which too was leading to Marmala, which we saw after reaching Marmala. As we had time we thought to take this new route back, as we saw some cars coming that way. Considering the route which GPS has shown us on our journey to Marmala this seemed to be much better because no car can travel through the way which we came. So we all decided to take this route. Even though it was a gravel road, it’s much better than the other one. This one was going uphill. We could see a small valley beside us on one side which is full of Pineapple plants. We traveled almost 6 km through this road and that’s when we saw a small beautiful waterfall on our left.

 Eriyattupara waterfalls Entry
Eriyattupara waterfalls Entry

This one is a very small fall which is almost 10 feet high. People can easily bath here. There are houses nearby. We stopped here and decided to go near the waterfall. I along with Bimal went near the waterfall. We didn’t take the extra dress with us as Maramal was a waterfall in which we can’t enter so we didn’t prepare for a bath. But our excitement didn’t stop us. I and Bimal went near the fall and Bimal was trying to get some water on his head from the waterfall as he had shaved his head after Anayadikuth visit. So he was very eager to have a bath. He went under the fall and became fully wet even though he didn’t have a spare dress. That’s when the navigator and Photographer Shijo too came near it. We took some photos and in that stream, our navigator lost her sandals. Shijo tried his best to catch it but it went too fast that we couldn’t get it. Navigator was well prepared with another pair of shoes. That time many people came through that way thinking its Marmala Waterfalls. We told all of them that they have to go at least 6 km to reach actual marmala falls. By the time I and Bimal were on the falls, Shijo had an idea to check whats on top of the falls and there is a stair on the left which leads to the top of the falls. He went to the top and came back saying there is one more fall on top from where the water flows to these falls. He was not that interested in the waterfalls which were there on top inside the forest. He told that the water is less there even though its a tall waterfall. He came back and by that time we all came back near the Bike and was preparing to leave. That’s when the Navigator wanted to know what’s there on top of the waterfall and she told us that she will be back in two minutes by taking a photo from the top. We all agreed as Bimal was still trying to dry himself by staying in harsh sunlight at mid-noon. She went upstairs and told us that the waterfall inside the forest seems to be a good one and why can’t we go there as there is plenty of time left for us. I asked whether it’s worthy to go there. She told let’s try and see. That’s when I and Bimal went to the top and saw a waterfall inside the forest. Shijo too followed us. We walked and we reached a dead end which leads to a small house. We asked the one who was there about the waterfall and whether we can reach there. He told its name is Eriyatupara waterfalls and there is no specific path to that falls and we can go there if we want to see it. He gave us the confidence and we all decided unanimously that we should go there. We walked a bit and that’s when we had to cross a stream. The water from the waterfall is the carried to the small waterfall below us through this stream. I was wearing shoes and with that, I couldn’t cross the stream, So I changed the shoes and replaced it with a sandal which I bought. I Bimal and Shijo crossed the stream. Navigator already lost her Sandal earlier and she was left only with a shoe. She decided to keep her shoe there and continue the rest of the journey with barefoot. We four were following our instincts to reach the waterfall. After almost 30 minutes we reached the waterfall.

Eriyattupara waterfalls
Eriyattupara waterfalls

It was twice the height or Marmala Waterfalls and the satisfaction we had on reaching there can’t be explained in words. We had to toil hard to reach here and we were not ready to return by just seeing the waterfall. This waterfall consists of two parts. Bimal told that if we wish then we can climb till the first layer( First part).  After saying that Bimal left to find a way to the top. I too followed him. We were literally like Tarzans by swinging on tree branches. And somehow we managed to reach the top. It’s almost 30 feet high from the base and there is another 30 to 40feet to the extreme top which was very dangerous. Even this place was so slippery. I and Bimal felt it hard to keep a grip on rocks. Shijo was busy taking photos from the base of the waterfall and we asked him to come up if he can. He too came up carrying his DSLR and tripod. We felt sorry for our navigator because she was the only one left below. We didn’t even ask her to come us as we knew it’s almost impossible to come up with all those thorny trees, that too without a sandal or shoes. We three were taking several photos and Shijo was trying to erect his tripod on that uneven slippery rock to take some shots. After ten minutes when we looked down we couldn’t see our navigator who was sitting below. That’s when a call from top came. She was already on top. She came all the way up on her bare feet. As all four reached top we spent some time there enjoying the waterfall. This is a waterfall which only very few knew. And we couldn’t see any plastic waste there. There is no path to this place. We went on our instincts. After half an hour we decide to return and the return was even harder compared to the ascent. Like I said earlier we had to take our Tarzan Skills. Can’t compare Navigator as a Tarzan, Navigator was more like a Mougly. Somehow we reached the base. And we returned to the place where we parked our bikes. The task to find the path on return was simpler because there were trails made by us when we came. On our way back I and Shijo we both fell down on the same place by slipping our footing on a hole covered with thick grass. Finally we reached that house from where we started and thanked that uncle who told us about this waterfall and gave the confidence to go near it. We didn’t even had any food or water since our breakfast. We decided to have something to eat from the first shop we see. We left that place with immense pleasure and happiness. Not because we saw two waterfalls, but we saw two waterfalls which were not polluted yet. The new road took us 2 Km away from the place where we diverted in the morning by relying on GPS. We left straight to Eriyattupara from where we had our lunch. After lunch we returned to Ernakulam.

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