Five Falls / Aintharuvi
#14 of 17 Places to Visit in Tenkasi
Distance (From Tenkasi Bus Station): 11 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Place Location: 4 Km From Courtallam Main Falls
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: Palaruvi / New falls is about 24 km from Five Falls (in Kerala state) and can be visited together.
VIP Falls / Orchard Falls is above Five Falls and accessible only to VIPs.
At a distance of 4 km from Courtallam Main Falls, 4 km from Courtallam Bus Station and 11 km from Tenkasi, Five Falls or Aintharuvi is another important waterfall in Courtallam. After the main falls, this is the most famous waterfall and the most enjoyable of all falls here.
The water here splits into five branches while falling, so it is called Five Falls. It is unique as water flows in five directions, resembling a 5-headed cobra. It is highly revered among locals as they compare it to Adishesha. Among the five falls, three are open to men and two for women. There is a Swami Ayyappa Temple and Vinayaka Temple close to waterfall. Bathing here is very safe and enjoyable activity. There is also an Eco Park and boat house nearby.
Road access is available close to the falls and about 100 meters walk is required from the parking area to reach the falls.
Fruit Garden Falls or Pazhathotta Aruvi is situated above the Five Falls. This small falls set amidst deep forest range. It is popularly known as VIP Falls or Orchard Falls as only politicians and bureaucrats are allowed to bath in waters here. Others need to seek permission from the Tourism Board for bathing at the Pazhathotta Aruvi.
Palaruvi or the New falls is about 28 km from Courtallam on the other side of the border in Kerala state. The word Palaruvi means stream of milk. Falling from a height of 300 feet, it is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kerala.