Palaruvi is inside thick forests on the high ranges off Thenmala in Kollam district. It is near the Tamil Nadu border, 5 kms from Ariankavu. The waterfalls is from a height of 300 feet. This fall is into a shallow pool and is ideal for swimming. During the rainy season, Palaruvi waterfalls is attarctive and normally get crowded by thousands of tourists. The water gushing during the monsoon season attracts huge crowds at this waterfalls. The fall gets dry during the summer season and the mansoons bring it to its full glory. The area is considered family safe and the pool is relatively shalow for a dip. There are seperate location for kids and ladies. There is also watchman posted. Alchohol is banned in the area.
There is a Palaruvi Vana Samrakshana Samiti created to protect this spot and some incidents of fights were recently reported in the media between some visitors and the PVSS. However the area is a family torus spot with the help and vigil of local community.
Access to palaruvi is 35 kilometers east of Punalur on the Quilon - Shenkottah road. It is near Ariankavu mountain pass. There you can see ruins of ancient temples. The water is said to be medicated as it flows down from the forest and is said to be a preventive for many diseases.
Location : About 75 km from Kollam on the Kollam - Shencottah road. Best time to visit : June - January
Palaruvi - literally, stream of milk - is one of Kerala's most picturesque waterfalls, cascading down a height of 300 feet. It is a favourite picnic spot for visitors from all over south India. The journey to Palaruvi through the dense tropical forest is a spellbinding experience.
The surrounding mist-clad blue hills and green valleys form a stunning backdrop to the milk white burst of foam that resounds through the otherwise tranquil virgin forest. Visitors love the cool shower. Ayurvedic physicians sometimes prescribe a bath in the waters of Palaruvi.
Getting there: Palaruvi is about 75 km from Kollam town. Nearest railway station: Kollam, about 75 km Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport about 77 km from Kollam town.