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Athirapally Waterfalls

The Athirapally Waterfalls in Trichur, Kerala, are often referred to as the Niagara Falls of India. They come crashing down from a height of 80 feet, and are an amazing sight to behold.


Major attractions

While the waterfalls are the highlight of this region, there are quite a few places to see in and around Athirapally.


  • The Vazhachal waterfalls are located very close to the Athirapally falls and are a part of the Chalakudy river stream. Vazhachal is popular for its flora and herbal plantations (maintained by the forest department) apart from the scintillating waterfalls set in the backdrop of a lush green forest. This is an ideal picnic spot too.

  • Two water-theme parks - the Dream World and Silver Storm are located to the west of Athirapally.

  • The Thumpurmuzhi gardens are located amidst the two water theme parks. The water from the river is redirected to deep tanks at Thumpurmuzhi, creating a waterfall like impact. The gardens are well maintained and have scenic surroundings.

  • The lesser-known Charpa falls are situated to the east of Athirapally. The water plunges on to the road in the monsoon, so get ready to get drenched if you are visiting it in the rainy season.

  • If you take a ride through the deep forest and high ranges you will come across the Malakapara tea gardens. Around 50 kilometers from Athirapally, this tea garden has picturesque surroundings and sometimes one can spot wildlife here.

  • Vachumaram is a calm and beautiful lake surrounded by hills. If you are lucky, you can spot deer and wild elephants here.

  • A few kilometers from Vachumaram (about 20 kilometers from Chalakudy) is Anakkayam (which means elephant pit). Tourists will find a serene lake, bubbling streams, natural rock formations and flora here.

  • The Peringalkuthu and Sholayar Dams are situated deep in the forest on the way to Valpara. Both the dams generate hydroelectric power to the state and entry to the dam site is with special permission only.


How to get here

Both Athirapally and Vazhachal are 90 kilometers from Cochin. The nearest airport is Cochin and tourists can get to Athirapally by road from here. Bus services are available from Chalakudy on the Cochin-Trichur highway. The Chalakudy Railway Station is around 30 kilometers from Athirapally and tourists can hire a cab or taxi from the station to Athirapally.


Accommodation

There are a couple of resorts at Athirapally that offer a comfortable stay.


What to buy

Athirapally is popular for herbs, wild honey, herbal soaps, bamboo wall hangings and hats.


Remember this!

  • You can visit the waterfalls only between 8 am and 6 pm everyday.

  • Consumption of alcohol or smoking is strictly prohibited.

  • Swimming in the falls is prohibited too, as it can be very dangerous.

  • Visitors are advised to refrain from feeding animals as the waterfalls are plastic-free zones.

  • The best time to visit Athirapally is just after the monsoon season, when the waterfalls would still be in full force. September to February is the ideal period to visit.

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Eleena.3 years ago
The name athirapally completes with vazhachal.i felt a wonderful experience over there.it was a quite carm and cool place to see. it was my first visit to kerala which i reached athirapally.Natural beauty can be experienced within kerala than any other foreign countries.there are many other amazing places near athirapally kerela the gods own country shows me the real beauty.excellent places are there around athirapally and also i need to mention here hotel sidhartha which i have stayed there for 2 days that completes my visit to kerala.
 
 
 
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Hotel Sidhartha.3 years ago
The name athirapally completes with vazhachal.i felt a wonderful experience over there.quite carm and cool place to see. it was my first visit to kerala which i reached athirapally.its no need of visting to foreign countries to see the orginal beauty, kerela the gods own country shows me the real beauty.excellent places are there around athirapally and also i need to mention here hotel sidhartha which i have stayed there for 2 days that completes my visit to kerala.
 
 
 
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Shansher.4 years ago
they are very beautiful waterfalls and can be compared to Niagra Falls.
 
 
 
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Subeash.5 years ago
The first trip with my family was to Athirapally. It was a memmorable experience. You can read about it here. http://subeash.blogspot.in/
 
 
 
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Ahmed.7 years ago
i have been to athirapally, it very good place to visit. it is really an indian niagara falls. you will definately enjoy it..
 
 
 
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