Saturday, October 24, 2015

Silver Cascade Falls, Kodaikanal

Silver Cascade Falls, Kodaikanal
Silver Cascade Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls, is the first attraction that unfolds to tourist, located on the Madurai - Kodaikanal road, on way to Kodaikanal. This waterfall is the result of excess water in the Kodai Lake, which comes down as a fall. Silver Cascade Falls is located at a distance of around 8 km from Kodaikanal.

Considered to be an ideal location for nature lovers, this falls is 180 ft high. In addition, this fall also serves as a halting point for vehicles and tourists as there are several shops dotted around, which sell fruits and other forest products.
Silver Cascade Falls, a picture perfect spot to explore in Kodaikanal was famous for its clean, pure and glittering water once and resulting in the name Silver Falls. The spillover of Kodaikanal Lake takes a 180 ft dive over a vertical cliff, to sprint into a pool adjacent to the Ghat Road. The excess water from the Kodai Lake flows downward as a fall at about 8 kms from Kodaikanal. This waterfall is pleasing and stimulating during the monsoon when the water is in full flow. There are few shops selling fruits and other forest products making this point a pit stop for travelers and tourists crossing this road.

Silver Cascade falls is 180 feet high and the bubbly water flowing downhill over the rocks piles will mesmerize any tourist. The crystal clear water restrains various minerals. A refreshing bath in this soothing falls would be mind-blowing. Sitting and enjoying the beauty of the silver cascade falls for hours have been a preferred time pass for most of the tourists to Kodaikanal. The quality of the water has been turning poor off late and not fine enough for bathing.
This remarkable waterfall is a famous stop for first-time tourists on Kodaikanal tour. The monkeys here make the Silver Cascade falls a pleasing place for children's. There is also a smaller but more serene waterfall below the bridge which crosses the stream here. During the rainy season the water flow increases by volume and roars down in startling cascades and is a treasured experience. It is wonderful roadside scenery not to be missed en route to Kodaikanal. The authorities have been allowing the tourists take a quick bath here earlier. However, off late the Cascade area is compounded and a small park has been developed around it, making it fine for a few minutes break of travel and photography.

Situated on Laws Ghat Road, Silver Cascade's water quality is reportedly poor and not good enough for bathing. This impressive waterfall is a popular stop for a nice view of the falls and surroundings. There are a few souvenir and fruit vendors and many monkeys here. This waterfall is close to the main road and does not demand much walking/trekking.

In addition to attracting visitors of the human kind, Silver Cascade Falls also attracts visitors of another kind – our distant cousins the Macaque Monkeys. Troupes of these mischievous creatures were on the prowl for food of any shape, colour and size. They are cute to watch from a distance but they can turn into a nuisance quite easily and quickly when there’s food around – so beware!

In the year 1863 Madurai's British Collector Sir Vere Henry Levinge dammed waters of three streams to construct and artificial lake which is the present lake in Kodaikanal. The excess water from which is collected here is channeled through a stream. At a place the water falls over vertical rocks forming the 180 feet silver cascade waterfall.
The silver cascade falls is called so as when the falls is seen when there is less rain, the fall of water from such great height is seen in a silver colour. However during rainy seasons mud mixes with the water and the water is a muddy brown.
Geographical Position:
Silver Cascade Waterfalls in Kodaikanal is located at 10°14'31.3"N 77°30'38.4"E or 10.242020, 77.510678.
Features: Waterfalls with greenery and cheeky monkeys around
Opening Times: All day, every day
Best Time to Visit: During the Monsoon months (July to September)
Duration: 15 to 20 minutes
Travelled By: Bus
Cost: Free
Address: Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India
Type: Waterfall
Distance (From Kodaikanal Central Bus Station): 8 Kms
Commonly Visited From: Kodaikanal Central Bus Station
Trip Duration (From Kodaikanal Central Bus Station, Including Travel): 2 Hours
Place Location: On Laws Ghat Road
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto

Timings: 7 AM - 6 PM