Kanjirakolli in Kannur district is among the less explored tourist spots in Kerala. A trip to the hilly destination rewards visitors with an amazing view of Alakapuri Waterfalls and stunning sights from Sasippara. With the arrival of the monsoon, Kanjirakolli offers a more eye-catching picture amid rain and mist.
The route to Kanjirakolli takes you past Payyavur, from where the weather changes. The smooth roads give way to hilly tracks. Intermittent rains and mist are a ‘teaser’ to the real experience ahead. After Kunnathurpadi, the tarred road takes a winding path. Water flows across the road as tiny streams; the vehicles disturbing their flow. Mist surrounds the entire area even during noon. Tiny shacks along the route sell snacks like bread-omelette, which can be smelled from afar. Customers find comfort in a cup of hot tea.
The first scenic spot on the trip is Alakapuri Waterfall. It is about 400 metres off the main path and can be approached only by foot. Visitors have to record their details at the outpost of the forest department to proceed. The forest watcher accompanies you to the waterfall. Half way from the road, a small fall comes into view. “This is only the beginning. Wait for the main one,” he says.
As the visitors continue along the path, roar of the waterfall can be heard. The Alakapuri waterfall slowly comes into view from the thick green forest cover. There are steps on the path, leading to the waterfall.
Alakapuri Waterfall originates in the forests of Karnataka state, but presents its stunning view when approached from Kerala. In fact, the major waterfall is inside Kerala border. Trees of Karnataka overhang the fall. During six months of monsoon, Alakapuri is in its full glory.
The road to Sasippara
Barely two kilometres from the Alakapuri is Sasippara. But it offers an entirely different experience. Firstly, the road; it is a steep path which only the most skilled as well as adventurous drivers can negotiate. Though it is tarred, vehicles have to cover the stretch at one go. Many vehicles fail to make it in one attempt. They reverse to the bottom, and approach again at maximum acceleration gripping the road with full power and finally end up at the top.
A little distance ahead, the tarred section ends and the vehicles are parked. Travellers proceed on foot along a path which serves as a water channel as well as road. The walk with feet in the flowing fresh water is thrilling. The path ends at Sasippara, a rock which offers a bird’s eye view of the forests, hills and streams below. The road below is also visible. Clouds caress the hills. The drizzles and mist do not deter visitors, drenched all over, from enjoying the experience.
Things to remember
· Never enter the forest without obtaining permission.
· Do not litter the place with plastic.
· Do not sit on the metal fence.
· Entry to the spot closes at 4 pm.