This national park is situated amidst the picturesque Western Ghats. The park is about 874.2 sq. km. in size, along with the Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka, the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, which forms an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. However, beyond the green scenery of the national park, the waterfalls near Bandipur will leave you absolutely spellbound.
You will be astounded to learn about Chethalayam Waterfalls, as it is one of the lesser-known waterfalls in Northern Kerala. The breathtaking scenery and pristine surroundings near the falls will leave you awespired. The locals consider this trekking path to be among the best in the region, where you can look at numerous exotic plants. Monsoon is the best time to experience the glory of the falls. Summer is not the best time to visit this place are the waterfalls tend to dry up.
Barachukki waterfalls is situated close to the island settlement of Shivanasamudra and is one of the most famous waterfalls near Bandipur. The waterfalls are produced by the river Cauvery, which flows around the island of Shivanasamudra before splitting into two streams (One to Barachukki and another to gaganachukki) and flowing through a gorge measuring 75 metres deep. The waterfall is around 69 metres high.
You can reach the falls by a short flight of around 200 concrete stairs. The path down to the waterfall is comparatively safe as the steps are enclosed with railings and benches to sit and unwind when you become tired. During the monsoon season, when more water is rushing down the rocks, the Barachukki waterfalls are a colourful sight to behold.
The Gaganachukki waterfalls have a massive horsetail shape. The waterfall is from the branch of the river Cauveri that spilt near the island of Shivanasamudra. It is a rapid waterfall that plunges steeply down and offers breathtaking vistas. The Shivanasamudra watch tower provides the best views of the Gaganachukki waterfalls. The water falls down to a height of 98 metres.
Since the area is gated off and no one is permitted to approach the water, it is impossible to reach the bottom of the waterfall from the watch tower side. When the amount of water rises by several degrees during the monsoons, the view of the waterfall is quite fascinating.