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Athirappally & Vaazhachal Waterfalls-One of the best places to visit in Kerala

Athirappilly is a first grade Grama Panchayath in Mukundapuram Taluk, Thrissur district. Athirappilly - Vazhachal are the most famous waterfalls in Kerala.

Athirapally Waterfalls

The athirapilly waterfalls are situated in the chalakudy river,originates from upper reaches of westernghats. Many endangered and endemic species of flora and founa are found in the forests of athirapilly-vazhachal area (this area is the only place in western ghats where all the four endangered hornbill species are seen). The western ghats is one of the most important biodiversity hot spot in the world.

Athirapally, falls from a fairly good height of approximately 80 mts (150 feet) and joins the Chalakudy river below. These falls are very popular with tourists. The cool misty waters cascading down in the backdrop of the thick green forests and rocky terrain, are a scintillating experience to any visitor or tourist.

A view of Vazhachal Falls

The water fall can be viewed from several points. On the way from the road itself you can have a view of the waterfall. There is another view from the top of the water fall. For this view, you have to go through the main entrance. There is an entry ticket for this. The100 meter rock pathway inside the entrance is surrounded by thick bamboo clusters and monkeys can be seen playing around. There are benches, small coffee shops and restaurants for tourists to relax. From the river view, you need to take a decline to the right to get to the falls. It is a paved road suitably sloped.

The third view, from the bottom of the water fall requires some mountaineering skills since the path is very narrow and sloped. But this is the most beautiful of all the three views of the waterfall. Half way through this slope, one can get glimpses of the beautiful falls and it feels great when the water droplets fall on your face. It is an ideal place for an evening picnic preferred only for youngsters.

The view around and below from the flat rocky surface above the waterfall is breathtaking.

Athirappilly Falls is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Another popular waterfall to visit is the Vazhachal Falls.

Nearby Attractions:

Charpa Falls: To the east of Athirappally is the enchanting but lesser known Charpa falls which plunges on to the road during monsoon. It is a sight to watch and enjoy.

Anakkayam: It is located about 20 km from Chalakudy on the Sholayar Peringalkuthu route. Anakkayam means the "Elephant pit". It is noted for a lake with cool and placid waters. The place is a forest untouched by human encroachments and is a haven for those who wish to escape from concrete jungles. It attracts the visitor with its bubbling streams, natural rock formations and flora.

Water Theme Parks: For those who want a little extra recreation there are two water theme parks nearby with plenty of adventure games and water sports.

Malakapara Tea Gardens: For the adventurous, a family safari through the deep forest and high ranges ( Western Ghats ) complemented with lots of hairpin curves takes you to the fascinating sculptured beauty of Malakapara tea Gardens. Along the route if you are lucky you may end up seeing some good wildlife.

Thumpurmuzhi Gardens: Thumpurmuzhi is an ideal stopover with its garden, scenic splendor and a classic waterfall.

Peringalkuthu & Sholayar Dams: Deep in the forest on the way to Valpara are the two dams that generate hydroelectric power to the state. Entry to the dam site is with special permission only.

Vazhachal Forest Gardens: With the abundant flora and even herbal plantation maintained by the forest department, Vazhachal is a Botanists treasure trove.

How to reach there and the facilities available:

Athirappilly is easily reachable from Chalakudy by taking a vehicle for rent or by bus from the Chalakudy private bus terminal.

Athirappally Waterfalls is located 78 kms from Kochi ( Cochin ), at the entrance to Sholayar ranges.

Nearest railway station is Thrissur, about 63 km away, and the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport , about 58 km from Thrissur.

Thrissur and Chalakkudy are well connected to other important districts in Kerala, like Kozhikkode and Ernakulam etc.via roads.

Precautions:
Proper precautions are taken on site to prevent mishaps while swimming and a police camp is always positioned there. Since Athirappilly is situated on the highway connecting Tamil Nadu and Kerala, night riding is not advised.

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