Soochipara Waterfalls / Sentinel Rock Waterfalls
#3 of 33 Places to Visit in Wayanad
Distance (From Wayanad): 24 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / + Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: The waterfall would be mostly dry in summer season and usually closed for visitors between March & June.
At a distance of 13 km from Meppadi, 24 km from Kalpetta & 46 km from Sulthan Bathery, Soochipara Waterfalls, also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, is a beautiful waterfall situated in the Vellarimala mountain range of Wayanad. It is one of the famous waterfalls in Kerala, and among the must-visit places as part of Wayanad holiday packages.
Soochipara Waterfalls is a 3 tiered waterfall, dropping from a height of about 200 meters. The waterfall cascades down into a large pool, which is a good place for swimming and bathing. The water from Soochipara Falls later joins Chaliyar River after Vellarimala Hills near Cherambadi in Tamil Nadu. The waterfall got its name from a needle-shaped rock situated here where soochi means rock and para means needle. It is regarded as one of the prominent Wayanad tourist attractions.
This waterfall, surrounded by dense green forest, is one of the best waterfalls in Wayanad. A 20-minute drive from Meppadi will take you to this splendid waterfall. Visitors have to trek down for about 2 km to reach the falls from the road point through the well-laid path. The trekking is of easy level, which takes about 30 minutes one way. There are high chances that visitors may get a glimpse of wildlife like Deer.
The Sentinel Rock, a huge rock that is about 200 meters in height, is an ideal place for rock climbing. The drive to Soochipara itself is a wonderful experience as it is lined up with beautiful tea estates with a breathtaking backdrop of Chembra Peak. There are few tree-top accommodation facilities provided by the forest department. One can have a spectacular view of the valleys of the Western Ghats from the tree-top hut.
The best time to visit the Soochipara waterfall is during the monsoon season as you can see the waterfall at its fullest. The waterfall would be mostly dry in the summer season and usually closed for visitors from March to June.
Timings: 9 AM to 4.30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 80 for Person & Rs. 50 for Camera