Coorg has a long list of interesting places for tourists across all ages, making it a popular holiday destination. One of its many attractions is its lovely waterfalls. The picturesque sight of a white veil of water gushing down gleaming rocks nestled in an emerald setting, is a sight to behold. From ‘Abbey Falls’ to ‘Irupu Falls’, this quaint hill station promises to enchant you, and keep you hooked – making you come back time and again.
Irupu Falls is located in the Bhramagiri range of hills that borders the districts of Coorg and Wayanad. Legend has it, that while searching for Sita, Rama and Lakshmana passed by these hills. When Lakshmana was asked to fetch water for his brother, he shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri Hills which led to the birth of Lakshmana Tirtha – the tributary of the river Kaveri from which the Irupu Falls originates. Hence, this waterfall is also called the ‘Lakshman Tirtha Falls’. Because of the sanctity of this waterfall, many people believe that it possess the power to cleanse one of their sins, and it is visited by many devotees during the festival of Shivratri.
Abbey Falls is another spectacular waterfall, located at a short distance from Madikeri – the headquarters of Coorg. To get to these falls, one must travel through lush coffee and cardamom plantations, making the journey almost as beautiful as the destination. Abbey Falls forms a part of the early reaches of the Kaveri river. The highlight of this waterfall is the hanging bridge constructed strategically opposite the cascading falls, allowing one to thoroughly savor the magnificent view in front.
Mehmet Murat Ildan once said “There is a hidden message in every water fall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you”.