Kothapara is famous for the waterfall located here. There is an interesting story behind the origin of this falls. It is said that the Kothapara aruvi was created by a saint who felt thirsty on his way to the nearby forest patch 'kilipothu' for conducting life-long 'tapas'. The unique feature of this stream is that it never dries up even though it thins down during summer. On the other side of the falls lies the reserve forest with rocky mountains, grasslands and waterlogged valleys.
This picnic spot is surrounded by mountains and snowy falls, forming a rhythmic combination that thrills nature lovers. The stream is a wonderful sight after the monsoons. As the flow of water drops down, the stream divides itself into three small parts with the central one attaining a larger volume.
Bus services are available from Kottayam to
Kattappana. From Parappu near Kattappana, taxis and a few buses conduct regular services to Kothapara. Tourists can stay at
Elappara or Kattappana.