Kumbakkarai Waterfalls is 9km from Periyakulam on the foot of Kodaikanal Hills and its one of a tourist attraction of Tamil Nadu and the water is consider as mineral and herbal rich. I have visited this place twice, but I couldn’t get near the waterfalls since it has a series of steps leading down from the road and I could only see a stream of water at a distance.
The water falls at two stages; the first stage collects water in huge rock recesses which are named each after wild animals like tiger, elephant… and the second stage is the main waterfall which flows as Pambar River. Kumbakkarai serves as a base camp for the trekkers who venture in the hills of Kodaikanal, which is 12km from here through a walking trail… created by British in early 1800s when they discovered Kodaikanal to escape from the heat on plains. But I’m not sure about the Ghats road that some said about its laid lately.
The photos of the falls where taken during our first visit in 2006 and it was almost dry when visiting again the falls in 2009. The place is surrounded by thick forest and wild animals’ esp. elephants are most encountered here and on our second visit we find the place is protected by electric fencing. During monsoon and rainy the falls receives much water which also exposed to risk of skidding rocks and stroked by flashflood.