Sunday, September 13, 2015

Banatheertham Falls

Banatheertham Falls

Banatheertham Falls located inside the picturesque Karaiyar Dam in Tirunelveli district is a natural cascading waterfalls situated at Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve. The medicinal property of the water is acclaimed and it is believed that the legendary sage Agasthiyar wandered here in search of rich herbs found in this forest. 15 minutes boating from the Karaiyar Dam will take you to this hidden beauty. It is a great place to take herbal bath flowing from the healing waters of Agasthiyamala Biosphere Reserve. Don’t miss to take a shower in this natural treasure unfolding from great height and also enjoy the boat ride on the Dam surrounded by breath-taking mountains.

Situated in the Western Ghats, Banatheertham is part of the Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve and lies above the Karaiyar dam. A 20-minute boat ride takes one from the dam across the lake. A 10-minute trek takes one to the magnificent waterfalls. Not many people knew about the waterfall as it was inside the forest. However, Roja (released in 1992) changed all that and hundreds now visit the waterfalls every day.

Unlike Courtallam, which is season-oriented, the Banatheertham fall is perennial, with December and January being the peak season. Surrounded by dense forests, the waterfalls present a magnificent sight when viewed from the lake. The boat ride also offers a breathtaking view of the adjoining hills. This range is also known for its plant diversity. The legendary Sage Agasthiyar, who is called the father of the plant-based Siddha stream of medicine, is believed to have roamed these hills collecting herbs. In fact, an idol of the sage can be found installed on the hill that abuts the dam.

The Thamirabarani River meets the Karaiyar Dam at Banatheertham Falls. The waters of Thamirabarani River are believed to have traces of copper in it, thus giving the river its name. The best season to visit these perennial falls is from December-January as the temperatures are highly pleasant during this time and one can escape the humidity. It is worth noting that visitors are charged entrance fee to the falls and the visiting time is from 6 am to 6 pm.


Baana Theertham falls is located at a distance of 70 km from Tirunelveli district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Season/ When to visit

Ideal time to visit Baana Theertham fall is anytime between the months November and February.


Air: The nearest airport is at Madurai, 151-km away.

Rail: The nearest convenient railway station is at Tirunelveli, which is an important railway junction on the Southern Railway and is connected to all the major cities of South India. The nearest railway station is at Ambasamudram while the nearest junction is at Tenkasi.

Road: Tirunelveli is well connected by road with the important towns and cities within and beyond the state. Regular buses are available from Tirunelveli and the neighboring towns to the temple. To reach this sanctuary, you need to go to the town of Papanasam via Ambasundaram. The tiger reserve is just 20 Kms from the town of Papanasam. The Banatheertham Falls are on the Karaiyar or the Upper Papanasam Dam, 12 Kms away from the Papanasam check post.

Boats are available at Karaiyar. The boats are available from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. The Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is accessible only by road. 


bala ji said...

Is it allowed to take bath in the banatheertham falls? When we visited 3 years back we could only from the boat and we were not allowed to get down.

ilamurugan said...

No it is not allowed.

Johnlin Jenovah said...

Do you have any contact person details for know boating status in the Dam.

ilamurugan said...

Boating is not allowed due to the excessive littering done by tourists.

Swathi said...