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A Virgin Waterfall

As any seasoned tourist will agree, human interference can dilute the beauty of the nature.  Nature’s grandeur can be best experienced in its raw, virgin state.  As man sets his greedy eyes into it, it becomes less natural and hence less enjoyable.  Many popular tourist centers suffer from this type of human invasion.  So for the tourists, need of the hour is unexplored places, where natural settings are suitable for unlimited fun and adventure.  In short, a place like Vayuvanthol.

Vayuvanthol is a natural waterfall in the southern part Kerala.  It is situated at the acknowledged home of natural waterfalls- Western Ghats. Western Ghats is famous for its calmness and serenity for ages.  It was in Agasthyarkudam, one of the peaks of Western Ghats, that famous Ayurveda rishi Agasthya muni used to do his meditation.  Vayuvanthol waterfalls is the meeting point of two rivers falling down to the bottom of the Ghats. Its vigorous flow amidst the rocks is quite breathtaking. Water falling area at the bottom of the Ghat is like a lake and ice-cooled water in it is pure and rich in minerals.

Vayuvanthol is in the State reserve forest area in Vithura at Nedumangadu Thaluk, which is 30 km away from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram.  Permission from the forest department should be obtained for visiting this place. It will take just an hour to reach Vithura by bus from the central bus station at Thiruvananthapuram.  And a one and half hour adventurous walk from Vithura takes you to the quarreling waterfalls of Vayuvanthol.

Apart from the extravagant charm of the nature, Vayuvanthol also offers a unique sort of shopping.  A well-known Adivasi (tribal) market, which is popularly known as Anthichantha (evening market), functions at Vithura.  Tribals in the area go to forest and collect edible fruits, honey etc from there.  In the evening these things are sold in the market.  A number of people from various parts of the state came to the market to buy the precious medicinal items from the market.

All the glittering natural charm of Vayuvanthol also reveals a dark aspect about the state.  It is the indifferent attitude of the State tourism department towards such small, but beautiful places.  The fact is that the tourism department, who are spending a lot of money for conducting foreign trips to promote tourism in the state, failed to tap the potential of Vayuvanthol – a place literally under the nose of its headquarters.  For converting Vayuvanthol into a full-fledged tourism attraction, the tourism department should concentrate on the development of the place hand in hand with those private agencies, which promote Eco-tourism.

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