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.
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
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.
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.
Theertham falls is located at a distance of 70 km from Tirunelveli district in
the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Season/ When to visit
time to visit Baana Theertham fall is anytime between the months November and
Air: The nearest airport is at Madurai,
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
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.