An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls

Tripoto
22nd Jul 2016

For me unplanned trips have always given me new and exciting experiences. I have always loved n preferred to travel solo but a road accident of mine has changed my views of travelling with a partner. You get to know the real taste of seeing the beauty of the nature together, spending quality time and reviving the memories you have saved in your heart.

The Hidden Waterfall - Anju Veedu

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

About Anju Veedu

A trek to the hidden waterfall in the Elephant’s Valley of Vilpatti range – Anju Veedu was totally unplanned and I was also not at all aware of this place. Anju Veedu in Tamil is known as 5 houses. It is said that there were only 5 houses few years back and only 2 families lived here in the forest of the Elephant’s Valley. Hence the place is named as Anju Veedu.

How to reach and from where

Location – Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

Nearest railway station – Kodai road 80 kms

Nearest airport – Madurai 120 kms

By road – well connected from Madurai, Kodaikanal and Dundigal

Photo of Anju Veedu water Falls (Elephant Valley water Falls), Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India by Pinky Roy

After checking out from the Kodaikanal hotel while having a cup of tea in a local tea shop, I came across with the name Anju Veedu. Anju Veedu which is also called as Elephant’s valley is located in the Dundigal district of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is famous for its hidden waterfall. The place tickled me to such extent that I changed my plan from going to a temple visit in Madurai to this waterfall.

How we reached

It was long 30 kms drive from Kodaikanal. Roads were smooth and weather was pleasant. We left around 9.30 am and after 02 hours of drive at around 11.30 am we reached Anjuveedu. It was a very small village in the mid of the jungle, hardly few houses and very few people.

We parked our car in the village from where we had to walk around 2 kms to 2.5 kms to reach the head of the Waterfall. Car can go to a certain place and after that one will have to walk thru the dense forest to reach the waterfall. We had detailed word with the locals and we understood the way. We started following our driver cum guide Suresh and started trekking towards the hidden cascade.

Following the stream into the Elephant Corridor

Yes we had to cross this path. Rocks are too slippery. I had a sudden fall and hurt my backbone.

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Elephants come here to drink water also they take bath here. Its their daily routine

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Resting near the bank. Water was too cold and fresh. We had to cross the stream to get into the other bank

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Palar Stream which originates from Kodaikanal Lake

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

We had to cross this path of the stream to come to the other side

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

The patches are too slippery and I had a bad fall and hurt myself. But still pose to click :)

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

After 20 mins of walk we came across a small stream named as Palar Stream. This stream originates from the Kodaikanal Lake. We crossed the stream, had few photographs and continued our trek to the heaven. This valley is acclaimed as a Heaven by the locals. The forest was getting dense the more we were getting in. We followed the stream to get to the head of the Waterfalls.

At the head of the Waterfall

Watching the world from the head of the Waterfall is totally an amazing experience

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Breathtaking view from the head of the waterfall

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

From the top to the base of the Waterfall

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

After checking out from the Kodaikanal hotel while having a cup of tea in a local tea shop, I came across with the name Anju Veedu. Anju Veedu which is also called as Elephant’s valley is located in the Dundigal district of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is famous for its hidden waterfall. The place tickled me to such extent that I changed my plan from going to a temple visit in Madurai to this waterfall.

How we reached

It was long 30 kms drive from Kodaikanal. Roads were smooth and weather was pleasant. We left around 9.30 am and after 02 hours of drive at around 11.30 am we reached Anjuveedu. It was a very small village in the mid of the jungle, hardly few houses and very few people.

Our trek towards the hidden waterfalls started

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

After 1 hour of trek and after almost 2.5 kms or more we could see the head of the waterfall. We had to cross a dam to reach to the head of the waterfall. The serene beauty of the nature was spectacular. The view was absolutely stunning with all the flora and mountains complementing each other.

Crossing the super slippery stream

Very risky to cross the stream, though the water is till ankle but the flow is strong and the path was too slippery

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

I slipped many a times but thanks to our guide who saved me each time

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Our excitement was at peak. Suresh crossed the dam and asked us to follow him and asked us to be very careful with our every step as it was super slippery. A slip can guarantee you with a bone dislocation as the rocks were uneven. Somewhere its ankle deep and somewhere its knee deep. You will get to see small fishes up there and they are happily staying there for years. Suresh helped us to cross the stream.

Climbing Downhill - The scariest one

I was too afraid to walk but I am thankful to Suresh that he helped me and pushed me to achieve what I love to do

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

You can see the depth of the base from that height. It is that steep, even a slip can led to a dangerous result

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Side of the Waterfall from where we had to trek down to the base

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

One can see the fear in my face and I preferred to take a stop in between. The mountain grasses are too strong and sharp, I had numerous cuts on my palms and my legs. Do Not hold those grass by hand

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

That's the base and a small nature made pond where we need to reach

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

One can see the flow of the stream, it has strong currents

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Side view of the falls

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

DO NOT HOLD THOSE MOUNTAIN GRASSES, it is too sharp and you can get cuts in your palm

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

He continued to climb the mountain downhill. That was indeed a very dangerous climb I have ever had. The rock was too steep and dangerous. I was holding my breath on my each and every steps. A single mistake can lead to a dangerous result. Even a minor slip may lead to death. We got a bit afraid as there were no back up plans nor any safety measures we had taken.

Heaven on Earth

Our only motivator Mr. Suresh. It is very true that a good guide can make your trip memorable

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Mission accomplished

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Cant even think i have climb down the patch

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

I was so happy that my smile said all

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

At the base celebrating the moment and the feelings of achievement

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Side View of the Waterfall from the base

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

In monsoon the whole place gets filled up

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

I haven't got into the water as we have been told not to enter as there were leeches and strong currents

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

A mini beach

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Treasuring the moments

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Though the height doesn't seem so much but it is 80 meters

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Awesome view from the base

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Freshness prevails everywhere

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

After 30 min of downhill climb we reached the base of the 80 meters waterfall. This spectacular waterfalls has dangerous currents. It was an amazing view and Yes it was "Heaven". More amazing was to find us to be the only human being in that entire place. We were 3 and we could hear our heartbeats along with the gushing sound of the stream and the waterfalls. It was entirely a different planet on Earth. The jaw drop beauty of the nature stole my heart. We spent sometime near the falls and clicked few photographs and cherished the moment.

Curiosity took us more into the forest

Stream passing the rocks creates a musical environment

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Mini ponds created by nature

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Serene beauty of our mother nature

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Chilling out

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Weaving dreams sitting there

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

it was so serene, calm and quiet that we can hear our heartbeat

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Stream flows by thru the rocks and the mountains

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Gushing water cutting rocks

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Amazing formation of rocks cut by water

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Capturing the moment

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

I loved the calmness of the place so much that I felt not to come back to the busy city

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

We started walking further following the cascading stream and went more inside the forest. We walked and passed thru rocks for another approx 1 km deep inside the forest. The whole surroundings was breathtaking, calm and breezy, only one can hear the gushing river flowing in and the chirping of the birds. We were there till 2.30 pm until our guide requested us to go back as it was getting cloudy and we need to walk back and then climb uphill. Also he was bit worried about the wild elephants.

Return uphill climb

Though we were not ready to leave the place but we started walking back. The most terrible was to climb up and even more above than from where we have climbed down. That was something more pathetic as I was hurting my knees to the max I could bear.

After climbing up, took a break and soaked myself in the beauty of the nature

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

After safe climb once again when we reached the head of the waterfall we felt our heart got filled with calmness and peace. We spent sometime sitting near the stream, viewing the mountains from the head of the waterfalls, taking the full aerial views and clicking some photographs.

After the climb

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

We made it and we got the memories we were looking for

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

Beauty which we have treasured in photo

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

A place and a trek close to my heart

Photo of An Unplanned trek to a Hidden Waterfalls by Pinky Roy

The serene beauty and the calmness of our mother nature soothed our heart and healed our pain. It was indeed magical. We left for Madurai by 4.30 pm capturing all the beauty and the experiences in our heart.

All pictures have been clicked by me and shouldn't be used without my permission.

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