Madammakulam Waterfalls the lesser known destination in Idukki
Madammakulam Waterfalls is a plunge pool formed under the gushing waterfall surrounded by beautiful green meadows. Madammakulam Waterfalls is one of the least explored destinations in Idukki district of Kerala. Located at about 8 km from Kuttikanam, Idukki.
It is said that during British Period- Madam Robinson, a British planter’s wife, and her buddies went galloping on horseback to frolic into a pond, under a gushing waterfall. And this place is later be called as Madamma kulam which means ‘Madam’s pond’ (Madamma’ in Malayalam is referred to as 'foreigner lady' in English)
Kuttikanam, the gateway to the hills of Peermade is an easy drive to many unknown destinations in Idukki and Madammakulam waterfalls is one of its kind. Starting from Kuttikanam, after covering about 1.5 km in Kuttikanam - Kattapana road, one should take left towards Ashley Estate at Ashely Bus Stop. From there proceed through the unpaved road, which takes another 5 to 6 km. The road passes through Ashley Estate & Stagbrook Estate and leads to the mesmerizing waterfall.
Madammakulam can be accessed only by an off-road ride and of course you can give a try with your two-wheeler as many other fellow travelers do, but please bear in mind that this road may not be good for all. If you wish to rent a jeep for the ride, you can arrange one without much worries from Kuttikanam at a nominal cost.
Upon reaching Madamakulam, one needs to trek about 100m through the steep walkway in order to reach the waterfall.
Just beyond the Madhamakulam waterfalls, we can see Irumulachipara, which consists of two boulders. It is also an offbeat attraction in Idukki. The name Irumulachipara arise as because it looks like the breasts of a reposing woman who is looking up the sky. Irumulachipara offers a panoramic view of the valley and the surrounding tea plantations.
Down the Madammakulam waterfalls, you will be able to see the Uppukulam reservoir, which is the starting point of the Manimala River.
Facts about madama kulam waterfalls :
|Name in Malayalam||മദാമ്മകുളം|
|Other Names:||Madamakulam Waterfalls, Madhamakulam Waterfalls or madama kulam waterfalls|
|Known for:||Waterfalls, Off-roading, Picturesque Nature, Trek|
|Best time to visit:||All time|
|Nearest Railway Station:||Kottayam, about 75 km|
|Nearest Airport:||Cochin International Airport, about 121 km|
How to reach Madammakulam waterfalls
By Own Transport: Starting from Kuttikanam, after covering about 1.5 km in Kuttikanam - Kattapana road, one should take left towards Ashley Estate at Ashely Bus Stop. From there the unpaved road starts, which last for another 5-6kms to reach Madammakulam. One can ask for a jeep-ride from Kuttikanam if your vehicle is not an off-roader.
By Bus: Buses are available till Kuttikanam. But from there, you need to catch an off-roader.
Places to Visit near Madammakulam Waterfalls:
- Ulupuni (known for Off-roading)
- Sathram (known for Off-roading)
- Ammachi Kottaram
- Periyar Tiger Reserve
- Thekkady Boating
Categorized under offbeat destinations in Idukki, unexplored Idukki, less known destinations in Idukki, Idukki waterfalls.