Just about 80 kms from Srinagar and is a perfect live event for every tourist. The elevation is above 2000 meters and is also named as “Papashudan nad” which translates to “the cleaner of sins”.
Nestled in serene and scenic surroundings with numerous flowers encircling the whole area, Kokernag is a must place to visit. The fragrance engulfing the whole area is enough to mesmerize the tourist.
The Naming History
There is a Kokernag spring too, which, after the descend divides itself into manifold streams. These multiple streams created after splitting up, mimic the hen’s clawed foot. This is one of the reasons why the waterfall is named as such.
There is also a botanical garden and a rose garden near Kokernag, overflowing with fragrances of flowers and shrubs.
Kokarnag is the largest fresh water spring in the Kashmir valley. Kokernag is a collection of many small springs and collectively, they all look like the claw foot of a Koker (cock). The flowing stream resembles a moving serpent. The spring of Kokernag comprises of 300 canals, 129 canals for garden purposes and 171 canals for forest area.
The Medicinal Waterfall
The valley in which this spring Kokernag originates, is armed with aromatic and medicinal flowers. The water remedies many ailments and hence people always throng this place. This was reiterated by the earlier historian Abul Fazl who was witness to the curative powers.
The Distinctive Air Quality of Kokernag
First the Kashmir Valley, and then the deadly combination of medicinal plus aromatic flowers and lastly, the self-spreading water vapours fill the air with an unknown but invigorating perfume make it a true heaven.
The water at Kokernag is said to cure digestive and skin-related diseases. Also it is said to kill the evil effects of one’s sins and hence the name “Papa Shuddhan Nad” given to it.
Those with queer medical problems, make it a point to visit and stay here at site for many days for those medicinal benefits.
It is blessed with rich a soil which promotes the growth of several varieties of plants and flowers, several of them being medicinal.
Picnic goers often spend hours without realizing the time went by.
Place to Stay
Small refurbished cottages are available at nominal rates.