Famous For: Tourism, Nature Lovers, Experience Seekers & Photographers
Distance (From Coimbatore Junction): 37 Km
Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (All days of the week)
Travel Distances: 1hr 40 Minutes
Visitor Entry Fee: 50 INR is charged for visiting waterfalls (Additional charges for carrying your camera, etc.)
Best Season to Visit: June to October
Buses: 59C, 59 & 14E from Gandhipuram Town bus stand
Nearby Places: Ginger Hill Nest (9.4 Km)
Siruvani Waterfalls and the dam named after them have situated 36 km (22 mi) west of Coimbatore in the Western Ghats. Also located at 50 Km distance from Palakkad & 535 Kms from Chennai. It is also known as Kovai Courtallam.
Siruvani was built for Tamil Nadu by the Kerala government with funds gathered by the Tamil Nadu government to meet the drinking water necessities of Coimbatore. The gateways on either side of the road across the dam are typically in Kerala and Tamil Nadu architectural styles.
Additionally, Siruvani is home to certain Tribals like the Mudugars and Irulars. Water from Siruvani River is famous for taste and its mineral properties. It is known to be the 2nd sweetest lake water in the world. The sweetness has been credited to the vegetation & rocks through which the water streams in the Attappady areas.
Siruvani dam is interconnected by canals & tunnels for limiting Aliyar, Parambikulam, Nirar, Sholiyar, Thunakadavu, Palar, Thekadi streams to generate power and irrigation purpose.
From the gateway to the waterfalls, Private vehicles are not permitted beyond this point; The Forest department has arranged the vehicles for the conveyance to the point where the trek is to be started. No additional charges for this bus service.
An almost 1 km of trek-walk through the forest is required to reach exact spot for bathing. The upper part of the falls is very dangerous with steep rock and the tourists are usually enjoying the beauty and bathing at the bottom of the falls only.
Siruvani Waterfalls History
In February 1915, the government gave approval for construction of the `Masonry Gravity' dam; but the work did not start immediately. The Village peoples of Boluvampatti and Alandurai contradicted the plan, as they dreaded it would affect them.
However, they were convinced about the advantages of constructing Siruvani water to a town that was developing. Then the Dam works started in 1927. Major and minor Dam construction works extended till 1984 and the total expense worked out to Rs. 26.12 Crores.
è Make sure to park your vehicles in the parking area only
è Parents are advised to never leave their Kids for safety
è Drinking alcohol & smoking near the waterfalls are strictly prohibited
è Wear appropriate shoes and clothes while visiting the waterfalls
The above-suggested tips will help you to keep your Siruvani sight-seeing safely and fun.
The Siruvani waterfalls and dam are considered as one of the top tourist attractions in the town of Coimbatore and Palakkad. The vegetation in these hills comprises of grasslands, shrublands and forests. Trek walking, watching birds and wildlife safari is so amazing. This is an ultimate tourist spot for all nature lovers and photographers. The view is extremely beautiful from the falls and the dam is a top tourist vacations spot for families & friends and having fun.