Thommankuthu is a sleepy village in central Kerala. It lies 18 km from the nearest town, Thodupuzha (Idukki district), from where buses are available at regular intervals passing through Thommankuthu.
A river with seven waterfalls flows at the edge of the village. That is the tourist attraction in Thommankuthu. On the banks of the river are thick forests with a wide variety of plants and trees. One can trek through the forests. There is 12-kilometre stretch of trekking path available to the tourist. You can climb that rugged path listening to the soothing sound of the waterfalls and the greetings of cicadas. The smell of damp wood penetrates your nostrils sharply in some places.
The greatest advantage in Thommankuthu is that the place retains the pristine beauty. There are no traces of the modern civilisation and its inevitable pollution, though one may be saddened to find a few disposable cups and plastic bottles in one or two places. There are constant reminders that the place is meant for eco-tourism and hence waste should not be strewn around. But there is no place assigned for dumping the waste that the tourists normally carry with them – plastic bottles for water or soft drinks, disposable plates for snacks, etc. You may, however, be relieved that such wastes are found very rarely in the place.
If you wish to spend some time in the lap of nature, breathing invigorating air, relishing green beauty, inhaling the aromas of nature and immersing yourself in the coolness of flowing water, Thommankuthu is an ideal place.
I took some pictures during my brief trek in the place on 22 Oct 2009. Since WordPress does not easily support pictures I have posted them at my Sulekha blog [to which I am forced to return by the limitations (or my ignorance) of WordPress]. You can see them by clicking here.