This is one of the first locations that we came to know of, right after we documented Athirapilly Falls. As we were planning for a trip to this place, we thought of posting about this location after the visit. Now, after having visited the falls, I can easily say that the waterfalls in full flow will leave you awestruck. As the Hindu article states, December – January is the peak and our trip coincided with that time period, as visited the falls during the first week of January. The view from the lake as we approach the falls is even better than the view from upclose. If you are in Tamil Nadu, there is no reason why you should not go to this falls.
About the location (from here):
Situated in the Western Ghats, Banatheertham is part of the Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve and lies above the Karayar dam. A 20-minute boat ride (costing Rs 20) takes one from the dam across the lake. A 10-minute trek takes one to the magnificent waterfalls.
Not many people knew about the waterfall as it was inside the forest. However, Roja (released in 1992) changed all that and hundreds now visit the waterfalls every day. Unlike Courtallam, which is season-oriented, the Banatheertham fall is perennial, with December and January being the peak season. Surrounded by dense forests, the waterfalls present a magnificent sight when viewed from the lake. The boat ride also offers a breathtaking view of the adjoining hills. This range is also known for its plant diversity. The legendary Sage Agasthiya, who is called the father of the plant-based Siddha stream of medicine, is believed to have roamed these hills collecting herbs. In fact, an idol of the sage can be found installed on the hill that abuts the dam.
Movies shot at this location:
Chinna Chinna Aasai/ Dil Hai Chota Sa from Roja
Kallil Aadum TheevE from Anandha Thandavam