Katie Nathan
It was a surprise factor that the falls was located in the Kalakkad Mundanthurai Reserve Forest Hill which also is a Tiger Sanctuary. We are allowed to be there only 5.30 pm since wild animals move out after sunset. We took permission from Forest office to enter the hill and the beauty of the place unadulterated and without any commercialization won our heart. We could see peacocks, birds, mangoose, varieties of monkeys in their natural habitat as we proceeded towards Agasthiar Falls.Agasthiar falls did not disappoint us and it was flowing full to our excitement. There was a temple on the top of the hill dedicated to Agatheeswarar and we could see steps leading to it. We had our mind to go for it but people who came down said it is quite a climb and we may not be able to make it up within time. We decided to see karayar dam in the upper camp, 13 kms from base and the ride was our time of oneness with nature filled with herb smell and sweet chirps of birds and occasional grunts. We could not see any wild animals on our way up or down.We were stopped half km before the dam and the road was closed for common public further. We walked and could not enter the dam area but could see it from the side. Boating here was stopped 3 years back and we learnt there is another place above called Banatheertham Falls and public are not allowed there.We made a friend, Naay Manusha highly receptive and so loving and his name says it all. We managed to come down on time. Be advised we do not get anything to eat or drink or a restroom except a lone tea shop. People do bathe at the base where Agasthiar falls reaches ground and flows as a river. This water reaches the temple tank of Papanasam.We had to skip lunch as we could not find any vegetarian restaurant in Courtallam and Papanasam. We compensated with Paruththi paal (Cotton seed milk) outside Papanasam temple. It is special milk made with cotton seed powder, milk, coconut, cashew peanut powder and a dash of pepper. We paid our obeisance to the lord at Papanasam and headed to Tirunelveli for Dinner which we kept simple.This is Day 2 of our travel, a long day, a combination of spiritual and nature trail.This post was originally published on 'Chennai Focus'.
 Katie Nathan
It was a surprise factor that the falls was located in the Kalakkad Mundanthurai Reserve Forest Hill which also is a Tiger Sanctuary. We are allowed to be there only 5.30 pm since wild animals move out after sunset. We took permission from Forest office to enter the hill and the beauty of the place unadulterated and without any commercialization won our heart. We decided to see karayar dam in the upper camp, 13 kms from base and the ride was our time of oneness with nature filled with herb smell and sweet chirps of birds and occasional grunts. We could not see any wild animals on our way up or down.