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Tirparappu falls attracts tourists

Heavy flow of water in the Tirparappu falls in Kanyakumari district on Wednesday. (Below) Thin flow in the Main falls at Courtallam.

Heavy flow of water in the Tirparappu falls in Kanyakumari district on Wednesday. (Below) Thin flow in the Main falls at Courtallam.

After rainfall in the district last week, there is a good flow of water in Tirparappu falls here as a large number of tourists from far and near are visiting the falls from as early as 6 a.m.

However, the case is not the same at the most popular destination – Courtallam, where the thin flow in the Main Falls and Five Falls disappointed many visitors. The huge turnout since Sunday led to occasional chaos as the people had to be content with just a shower for a brief time.

Police and Courtallam town panchayat officials said that there was good amount of rainfall in the Western Ghats and some pockets in and around Courtallam on Sunday.

There were floods in the falls in the evening on that day, and the people were not allowed to take bath in the falls.

However, within less than three days, the weather had totally changed and turned sunny with no signs of a cool climate.

“When we now told the people about the situation on Sunday, they simply didn’t believe that visitors were not allowed to go to the falls,” an Inspector of Police said.

A tourist from Mumbai said that he had luckily escaped from the floods in Mumbai and planned to have a great time in Courtallam with his family, but was disappointed over the poor flow of water in the falls. Hence, he proceeded to Papanasam, some 35 km from Courtallam, and enjoyed taking bath in Agasthiar Falls.

Many other visitors who had reached Courtallam, travelled to Tirparappu Falls in Kanyakumari district, about 145 km away.

Rainfall stops

In Kanyakumari district, it looked like rainy days had stopped as the weather turned sunny. About four days back, rain lashed the coastal district, which resulted in dams nearing its surplus levels. The PWD officials had sounded a flood alert along Tamirabharani river.

However, with no rain, the inflow had receded in dams. According to PWD officials, water level in Pechiparai stood at 46.02 ft with an inflow of 629 cusecs and a discharge of 804 cusecs.

In Perunchani, the level was 74.96 ft with an inflow of 571 cusecs and a discharge of 684 cusecs.

The same weather was likely to continue for some time, they added.

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