Ideal Trip Duration: 4 Hours/Half Day

Base Station: Kutta (10 Kms), Madikeri (75 Kms), Mysore (110 Kms)

Nearest City to Irupu Falls: Mysore (110 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Irupu Falls: August to January

Peak Season: September to December

State: Karnataka | District: Coorg (Kodagu)

Irupu Falls Weather: Maximum - 32°C
Minimum - 15°C

At a distance of 248 km from Bangalore, 110 km from Mysore, 75 km from Madikeri, 48 km from Virajpet, 32 km from Gonikoppal, 20 km from Nagarhole National Park, 10 km from Kutta & 10 km from Srimangala, Iruppu Falls is a magnificent waterfalls situated in Brahmagiri Hills between Srimangala & Kutta in Coorg district of Karnataka State, bordering the Wayanad district of Kerala. It is one of the best waterfalls in Karnataka and also one of the well-known Karnataka tourist places tourist places.

The Irupu Falls or Iruppu Falls is also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls locally. It is formed by Lakshmana Tirtha, a stream originated in Brahmagiri Peaks and joins Kaveri River. According to the legend, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana passed along the Brahmagiri range in search of Sita. When lord Rama asked his brother to get some drinking water, Lakshmana shot an arrow at the Brahmagiri hills and brought into being the river Lakshmana Tirtha.

Dropping from a height of 170 feet through several stages, the falls are situated amidst thick forest of Western Ghats. The roaring waters of the Irupu Falls and the picturesque surroundings make it a favorite picnic spot. It is an unforgettable experience to stand at bottom of the cascades and play in the sizzling waters of the falls. Iruppu Falls is a part of the Brahmagiri forest range, there is a trek route that leads to the Narimale forest camp and then on to Brahmagiri Peak. Permission from forest department is needed for doing this trek.

There is a temple called Rameshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located on the banks of the Lakshmana Tirtha River, enroute to the falls. It is said that Lord Rama himself installed the Shiva lingam inside the temple. This temple attracts a large number of pilgrims during the festival of Shivaratri.

The falls can be reached by taking a right diversion after Srimangala (while driving from Gonikoppal) between Srimangala and Kutta. The diversion is at about 2.5 km from Srimangala and road continues through coffee estates for another 6 km. Approach road is available till Rameshwara Temple which is the entry point to Brahmagiri Hills & Irupu Falls (an entry fee has to be paid here). From here, the falls is 15-20 minute walk through thick forest (the walk is easy through well laid path & steps). Private vehicles can be hired at Kutta or Srimangala to visit the falls (options are limited from Srimangala).

Kozhikode Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 145 km from Iruppu Falls. Mysore Junction Railway station is the nearest station which is about 110 km from Irupu Falls. Kutta is the nearest Bus station to Iruppu Falls. It is well connected by bus from Mysore, Madikeri, Virajpet, Gonikoppal, Kozhikode & Kalpetta. Kutta has various accommodation facilities.

The falls is at its best in monsoon and post monsoon seasons. The best time to visit Iruppu falls are from August to January while the peak season is from September to December. Usually it takes half day to visit Iruppu Falls.

Timings: 8 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Rs. 20 for Person

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Internet Availability: Internet Not Available
STD Code: 08274
Languages Spoken: Kannada, Kodava, English
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HOW TO REACH IRUPU FALLS / IRUPPU FALLS


By Air

Nearest Airport: Kozhikode - Kozhikode International Airport (145 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Mysore Junction (110 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Kutta Bus Station (10 Kms)
Srimangala Bus Station (10 Kms)

7 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN IRUPU FALLS / IRUPPU FALLS


Wildlife

At a distance of 39 kms from Kalpetta, 12 kms from Irupu Falls and 12 kms from Nagarhole National Park, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1973 and brought under the Project Elephant in the year 1991-92. The sanctuary is bordered with Nagarhole WLS & Bandipur WLS in Karnataka and Mudumalai WLS in Tamilnadu. Occupying an area of 345 sq. km, Wayanad WLS is the second largest WLS in Kerala and is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The sanctuary was set up with an objective of conserving the biological heritage of the region with due consideration to the general life style of tribes. The sanctuary is divided into two separate parts, known as Upper Wayanad WLS and Lower Wayanad WLS.

Upper Wayanad WLS at Tholpetty is known as Tholpetty Wildlife Range, it is located 39 Km from .....

Distance (From Irupu Falls): 12 Kms
Trip Duration (From Irupu Falls - Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day
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Wildlife

At a distance of 10 km from Kutta, 20 km from Iruppu Falls, 62 km from Kalpetta, 88 km from Mysore, 88 km from Madikeri and 218 km from Bangalore, Nagarhole National Park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in South India and also one of the top places of wildlife in Karnataka. Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it is spread across Mysore and Kodagu districts in Karnataka.

Originally the forest area was the private hunting ground for the Maharajas of Mysore. Nagarhole was converted into a sanctuary in the year 1955 covering an area of 258 sq. km and subsequently enlarged to include the adjoining areas of Mysore district and now extends over an area of 643 sq. km. Nagarhole got National Park status in 1988 and declared as 37th Project Tiger Reserve in 1999. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Western Ghats Nilgiri sub-cluster of 6,000 Sq. km, including all of Nagarhole National Park, is under .....

Distance (From Irupu Falls): 20 Kms
Trip Duration (From Irupu Falls - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 45 Kms from Kalpetta, 28 kms from Irupu Falls & 22 kms from Mananthavady, Thirunelly Temple is located in a beautiful valley beneath Brahmagiri hill range close to Kerala - Karnataka boarder (near Kutta, close to Nagarhole National Park).

This 300 years old temple is surrounded by Kambamala, Karimala and Varadiga hills. Lord Vishnu is the main deity at this temple. This temple is a fine specimen of classical Kerala temple architecture. Around 30 granite columns and granite paved floor makes the temple an architectural wonder. Lord Ganapathy, Hanuman, Lord Shiva, Bhadrakali are also worshipped at this temple.

Papanasini, the holy mountain spring flows nearby. Panchatheertha, a pond where five rivers used to meet in the past, is located on the southern side of the temple. A small base is seen in the centre of the pond on which a stone slab with .....

Distance (From Irupu Falls): 28 Kms
Trip Duration (From Irupu Falls - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 52 Kms from Kalpetta, 35 kms from Irupu Falls, 29 kms from Mananthavady & 7 Kms from Thirunelly Temple, Pakshipathalam is located atop the Brahmagiri Hills at an altitude of 1740 meters. It is also a challenging trekking path and a place of great natural beauty.

Pakshipathalam is the abode of large population of several species of birds. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watch tower here. There is also a cave called Munikal Cave, where birds take shelter during night and early morning. There is a small eagle shaped projection where the Garuda was believed to have been landed. Night camping is not allowed on Pakshipathalam peak, so trekkers need to come back before it's dark.

This can be accessed only by trekking from Thirunelly Temple (about 3 hrs one way). To visit Pakshipathalam, special permission is needed from Forest Department at Tholpetty/Appapara (5 Kms from Thirunelly, Ph: 04835-240233). .....

Distance (From Irupu Falls): 35 Kms
Trip Duration (From Irupu Falls - Including Travel): Full Day
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Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 26 Kms from Kalpetta, 35 kms from Irupu Falls & 32 Kms from Sulthan Bathery, Kuruva Island (also known as Kuruva Dweep) is a 950 acre protected river delta system on the Kabini River. At a distance of 13 Kms from Mananthavady, this is a popular tourist destination.

The island is uninhabited. Rare species of birds, orchids and herbs are the main attraction of the island apart from it's breathtaking natural beauty. Several migratory birds are also seen on the island. The main island contains two small fresh water lakes. Kuruva is being developed as eco tourism project.

Kuruva Island is about 6 Kms from Mananthavady - Mysore road. One has to take diversion towards right side before Kattikulam to reach the island (sign boards available). Best way to reach this place is to avail private transportation from Mananthavady or Kattikulam.

Distance (From Irupu Falls): 35 Kms
Trip Duration (From Irupu Falls - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
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Hill Station

At a distance of 73 km from Kozhikode, 246 km from Kochi, 180 km from Thrissur, 168 km from Palakkad, 118 km from Ooty and 442 km from Trivandrum, Wayanad is a hill district in Kerala formed in 1980 by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Kalpetta is the headquarters of the Wayanad district and it is one of the best hill stations in Kerala and also a wonderful summer getaway from Bangalore, Mysore & Kozhikode cities.

Wayanad is also one of the top Kerala tourist places to visit. The name Wayanad is derived from Vayal Nadu which means the land of paddy fields. It is a picturesque plateau situated at an altitude ranging between 700 to 2100 meters nested among the mountains of the Western Ghats on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States. The culture of Wayanad is mainly tribal oriented. This district is one of the biggest foreign .....

Distance (From Irupu Falls): 60 Kms
Trip Duration (From Irupu Falls - Including Travel): Full Day
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City | Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 139 km from Bangalore, 476 km from Chennai, 247 km from Mangalore, 203 km from Coimbatore & 128 km from Ooty, Mysore is the 2nd biggest City in Karnataka. It is the erstwhile capital of the Mysore Maharajas, who ruled the Mysore State between 1399 & 1947. Mysore still retains its old world charm with its palaces, heritage buildings, traditions and temples. At an altitude of 763 meters surrounded by hill ranges from north to south, it is known as the City of Palaces. Mysore is one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism and also one of the popular one day trip from Bangalore.

According to this story in the mythological Devi Purana, Mysore was ruled by the demon-king Mahishasura. He was called Mahishasura, because he was a buffalo-headed monster. Hearing to the prayers of Gods and Goddess to save them from the monster, Goddess Parvathi took birth as Chamundeswari .....

Distance (From Irupu Falls): 108 Kms
Trip Duration (From Irupu Falls - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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