At a distance of 37 km from Kalpetta & 12 km from Sulthan Bathery, Chethalayam Waterfalls is a beautiful waterfall located near Kidangand, towards Pulpally from Sulthan Bathery. Chethalayam is smaller and lesser known waterfall compared to other waterfalls in Wayanad.
This is a seasonal waterfall in Wayanad region, but it is ideal for trekking. Chethalayam Waterfalls with its picturesque beauty, scenic slopes and blue water bodies are worth the trek up. Its surroundings offer a number of vantage points for bird watching. One has to trek for about 4 km from Kidangand to reach the falls. This waterfall is situated close to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary which is inhabited by the spotted deer, sambar, gaur, elephants and sloth bear, amongst others.
The Forest Range Office at Chethalayam issues visitor passes to the waterfall. Their permission is mandatory to get into the jungle surrounding the waterfall. One can avail the services of a guide from the check post. Wild elephants, at times pass through the area. For that reason, Guide service becomes indispensable to this 4 km trek.
The falls may completely get dried in summer, so the post monsoon season is the best time to visit the falls.
Timings: 6 AM - 5 PM