Iruppu water falls is located at a distance of 50 km from Madikeri, head quarters of Kodagu district and 20 km from Nagarahole National Park bordering the Wayanad district of Kerala. The Iruppu waterfall is surrounded by lush green Western Ghats. The roaring waters of the Iruppu falls and the picturesque surroundings make it a favorite picnic spot.
Iruppu Falls presents a magnificent view during the monsoon. Originating in the lofty Brahmagiri peaks, the falls plunge 170 ft in two different stages. Iruppu falls later become a part of the Lakshmana Teertha River. Hence, this waterfall is also known as Lakshmana teertha falls.
Iruppu Falls is located in South Coorg in the Brahmagiri Range of hills in the side of the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls as the Lakshmana Tirtha river which is a tributary of Kaveri originates from this falls. The river takes a 60 ft plunge amidst the green mountains which is known as the Iruppu Falls. The famous Rameshwara Temple is very near to the falls. There is a legend that says that Rama and Lakshmana had come here while searching for Sita and Rama had asked Lakshmana to fetch some drinking water. In order to quench his elder brother’s thirst, he shot an arrow at the Brahmagiri hills from which, sprung the Lakshmana Tirtha waterfalls.
It’s due to this reason that people have the religious belief that this falls cleanse the devotees of all their sins if visited during the Maha Shiva Ratri. Like all the streams in Western Ghats Iruppu also has a considerably heavy flow during the monsoon compared to summer. There is a bridge and stairs to climb up along the falls and also benches to relax at the side of the falls that makes it easy to have a closer look. The picturesque view of the ferns and other trees along with the gushing sound of the falls makes it a memorable experience.
As per the legend, Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills and brought into being the river Lakshmana Tirtha The Rameshwara Temple located nearby the Iruppu water falls attracts a huge number of pilgrims during the festival of Shivaratri. It is believed that Iruppu waterfall possesses magical powers and they remove one’s sins. On the day of Shivaratri, devotees take bath in Iruppu falls to get rid of their sins. Best Time to Visit Iruppu Falls is during the monsoon