Killiyur Falls - An amazing place! No, simply a breathtaking place!!! Fantastically mind-blowing place!!!!!The car had to be stopped a km away from the place. A walk in the ghat road for half a km took us to a small hotel, rather a cafeteria. From the cafeteria a vertical drop for half a km. Ok, you need not drop down from there, it’s a walk, rather a trek for about a km with the several twists and turns. I loved it and it’s the best trek I’ve had so far, for sure!!!
Do you see any route. Yes, you do. Does it look like its getting over there. But actually its not!!! Yeah, roots like the ones there serve against the slipperiness at many a places. The path was so undefined, that only I ended up reaching the falls with my friends stopping at different levels en-route. I and my driver finally reached there after jumping a few ridges, sliding a few muddy paths...
...and the best way, holding and walking some inaccessible places with some roots like Tarzan!!! It was perfect. The route had hardly any broken bottles or anything out of place. So smitten by nature, it’s so unpolluted. Now, that’s called my kinda place!!!
In some places I seriously doubted if I would be able to get back. Some places had muddy slides and I could easily slide and go down and how on earth would I climb back on a sliding muddy pathless path!!! But still, I started and there was no stopping!!!
Some places had some rocks and to get to the next rock, I had to catch hold of a tree branch for support and get to the other side onto the next rock without falling. That's my driver doing a Tarzan job. Some other person on his way down, contemplating if he should proceed this trek anymore. At one point like this, when my driver held a tree branch, it a squishy and escaped his hand!!! Well, it was frog on the branch!!!!! Thank god, he didn’t fall!!!
Past a major section, the stairs are under construction. I wish the govt hadn’t started on this project. This would make the place so easily accessible for everyone and the place would lose its natural charm! I had the last small portion to be accessed by stairs – around some 20 stairs only. A small last portion. Then came the huge visual treat of the Killiyur Falls. It’s not as huge as Hogenakkal or Kollimalai, but is pretty big. It’s extremely safe as Mother Nature has designed her!!! Just at the place where the water hits the ground, another set of boulders just about the knee level in height, begins leaving space in width just enough to put the foot down firmly.
So I just stood in that place between the falls and the small boulder holding it. No ways of falling down, no matter how much ever moss is there or how slippery the rocks are!!! Amazing isn’t it!!!!!
If at all you’re planning a great trek, go now. Once the steps are built, it’s gonna be awfully boring!!!
A few shots and some water to drink from the falls and we were back in the same route-less route. Somehow holding a few rocks and few roots, I managed to climb up those slopes which I slid down. Finally I reached atop and my friends were there at the cafeteria treating themselves with some soft drinks and savories. I must say something important at this point; trekking down this place is just not safe for single female travelers. Trek down with a decently big group of gals or better check it out with guys!
P.S: If at all you’re venturing to Yercaud, esp. Killiyur falls, please preserve the nature there. Pls don’t go there to booze, even if you do, bring back the bottles with you! Pls bring back any plastic covers and trashes and dispose it there in the dust bin of the cafeteria once you’re back up. Please please leave back only footprints, nothing else, please!!!!!
TO REACH THERE & TO STAY:
Refer to previous post on Yercaud.