Athirapally, located in the Thrissur district, is a popular destination among nature lovers. Situated at a distance of 60 km from the city of Thrissur, Athirapally is a beautiful place that will leave a lasting impression on the minds of every traveler. Athirappilly Falls is located at an elevation of one thousand feet above sea level on the Chalakudy River. Athirapally is a popular destination for many tourists and filmmakers alike as it is surrounded by forests and small streams. Athirappilly Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in Kerala and stands at a height of 80 feet.
Athirappilly is home to much endangered flora and fauna. Tourists can see four endangered species of hornbills at Vazhachal in Athirappilly. Athirapally is a riverine system in Kerala. Vazhachal Forest Division is the second largest biodiversity hotspot in Kerala. It is also an important bird sanctuary. The Chalakudy River is a biodiversity hotspot inhabited by about 85 species of freshwater fish.
Places to visit
Falling from a peak of eighty ft and forming several parallel streams, this waterfall provides an awesome view from all sides. This is one location you can in no way avoid on your tour.
Thumburmuzhi Dam and Butterfly Garden are two places nearby that give a sense of calm and coolness to your mind. The dam is famous for the suspension bridge that was constructed to connect the Ezhatumukham and the dam.
With a children’s play area, tree houses, food stalls, and other facilities, Ezhattumugham have become an excellent place for the family tour. You can play in the wide natural pool of water formed by the flow in Chalakudy River.
In a 7 km distance to Athirapally fall, there is yet another breathtaking waterfall that will enthrall you with nature’s wonders.
On the way to Vazhachal, Chapra Falls, a seasonal waterfall, is an important tourist attraction. During top hours, it could be viewed falling from a peak of about sixty-three feet.
Chalakudy is a much less crowded picnic spot that is formed when the flow of the Periyar River is affected by the formation of stable rocks. Being in the forest, the birds add to the beauty of the atmosphere and climate Here it is.
It is an eco-tourism vacation spot nestled amidst dense mahogany and teak forests. The major attraction of the area is the river that flows via the forest. The river has sturdy currents in some areas and it is dangerous.
Abhayaranyam is an eco-tourism project, which is a mini zoo in the forest where animals like elephants and spotted deers live in a natural habita
Things Not To Miss
Trekking through the sides of the biggest and many-layered waterfall in Kerala is going to be a memorable experience. after a short walk from the entrance, you reach the top of the falls where you can see a surprising view of the waterfall and the Sholayar hills. And with another 10-minute trekking down, you can reach the bottom of the fall.
apart from the beauty of the area the availability of activities like rafting makes this spot charming for adventure seekers.
Swimming in the Waterfall
Swimming in a large pool formed by watching the waterfall fall is a different experience and beautiful. Take your partner on a romantic journey to this glorious destination.
If you’ve come with your family, there are many places that could entertain your kids like water theme park, zoo, gardens, etc.
Best Time to Visit
Monsoon (June- September)
Monsoon season provides the best view of the Athirapally falls. But trekking and swimming get a bit risky at this time and the forest guard makes certain restrictions this time.
Winter (November- February)
This is the next best and least risky season to be in Athirapally. The Climate remains cool and pleasant, making it more enjoyable for the tourist.
Though the weather outside is burning at this time, that won’t affect you as you’ll be trekking in the forest, or swimming in the falls
How To Reach
The Nedumbassery International airport in Kochi is the nearest airport to Athirapally. You can take a cab or bus to the place
The nearest railway station is Chalakudy which is within 28 km of distance. If your train has no stop in Chalakudy railway station, you can get down at the nearest stop and catch a local train, bus, or cab to the place.
Athirapally has great transportation facilities from all the major cities in Kerala. You can self-drive, hire a taxi, or catch a non-public or state transport bus to reach the destination.