We expected to reach Vattakanal falls by 11 AM which would give us enough time to explore the falls and then head to Dolphin Nose View. But Google Maps decided to play with us, taking us to a Church through an extremely steep road (the car was throwing curses at me). We wandered aimlessly for sometime before getting back on track. Delayed by an hour, we reached Vattakanal check-post at 12 noon. The car was thoroughly searched for alcohol, tobacco and other such things. Even our wallets were checked. But they didn't care for the loads of plastic we had in the car.
The falls is just a 100 meters from the check-post. Parking was tough as the road was only wide enough to fit two cars at a time.There were very few tourists around, mostly clicking photos.
(Tip 3: Get directions from the locals. They are friendly people. Google Maps will finally take you there, but the route might involve steep and narrow roads)