Athirappilly Tourism
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Athirappilly Tourism

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Athirappilly Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
  • Altitude: 80 m
  • Pincode: 680721
  • District: Thrissur
  • Language: Malayalam
  • STD code: 0480
  • Weather: Summer 22 to 40°C, Winter 22 to 33°C
Athirappilly, located to the east of Chalakudy in Thrissur District, is a famous holiday destination in the state of Kerala. Situated on the fringes of Sholayar forests of the Western Ghats, which are the rain forests of Kerala, Athirappilly is famous mostly for its 42 meter high waterfalls.

Athirappilly, lying at an average elevation of 300 meters above sea level, consists of 14850 hectares of tropical wet, evergreen, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous riparian forest ranges. Athirappilly forests is one among the five territorial ranges of Vazhachal Forest Division, the others being Charpa, Vazhachal, Kollathirumedu and Sholayar.

The forestland of Athirappilly is one among the world’s biodiversity hotspots, as it is home to endangered as well as threatened species of flora and fauna. Athirappilly also draws the attention of biologists as its forest ranges are situated at a low altitude (300 meters), which is a unique phenomenon in the whole of Western Ghats.

The picturesque waterfalls of Athirappilly are situated in River Chalakudy, which originate in the upper ranges of the Western Ghats called Anamudi Mountains. River Chalakudy flows down through the Vazhachal Forest Division till it reaches Athirappilly. The rocky river-bed at Athirappilly makes the river water turbulent and it gushes forward around big rocks to form segmented water cascades. The Athirappilly waterfalls consist of three waterfalls, the biggest of which is 42 meters high and 220 meters wide.

Athirappilly is the abode of Kadars, which is a primitive tribal group in Kerala. Kadars, who reside in hilly forest areas, are specialised collectors of honey, wax, sago, cardamom, ginger, etc.

The natural riparian ecosystem at Athirappilly consists of about 319 species of flowers of which 24 are endemic to the Western Ghats and 10 are rare and endangered. Out of 85 species of fresh water fish found in River Chalakudy, 35 are endemic and 9 are endangered species.

The Athirappilly Forest Ranges is also the natural habitat of species like the great hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill, Malabar grey hornbill, Indian grey hornbill, Asiatic elephant, tiger, leopard, bison, sambar and lion-tailed macaque.

Athirappilly tourism offers excursions to picnic spots like Vazhachal Waterfalls, Charpa Falls, Anakkayam, Malakkapari/ Vaparai, Thumpurmuzhi Gardens, Peringalkuthu & Sholayar Dams, Vazhachal Forest Gardens and Parambikulam and Malayattur Wildlife Sanctuaries. Athirappilly also offers adventure activities like river rafting, trekking, etc.

Athirappilly is located at a distance of 63 km from Thrissur and 30 km from Chalakudy, on State Highway 21. The vicinity of Athirappilly to Coimbatore and Ernakulam makes it a popular holiday destination. September to February is the best time to visit Athirappilly.

Kochi airport is the nearest airport to Athirappilly which is 55 km away. Kochi and Thrissur are two major railways junctions which lie at 78 km and 66 km away, respectively. The nearest railway station is Chalakudy Railway Station at 31 km from Athirappilly.

There are plenty of bus services plying between Cochin and Bangalore, both government and private. There are also luxury Volvo buses operating between the two cities.

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Chandana Iyengar

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"Nice place & best place to enjoy!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
One of the best waterfalls in South India. Very scenic and beautiful place. There is no season for visit or off season as chalakudy river flows throughout the year and waterfalls is filled with water all the time. Best place to enjoy in group and a trek towards the foot of the falls is a must.
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Shoaib Mohammed

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"A good place for family"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Been there thrice. But never felt bored. Falls have water throughout the year. A bit of trekking. A good place with natural serenity. Best time is at evenings because the sun with the sprays of water from falls is so divine and make sure you get to the bottom of the falls because, it will be a disaster of you'd miss that.
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Alwin Thomas

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  • Alwin Thomas
  • Lives in Cochin
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Most preferable one day destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is the near by sightseeing attraction from Cochin International Airport about within 25km distance. The waterfalls will cool you down and the surroundings are beautiful to watch. There are places allowed where we can get into the water. But most of the places were fenced due to the danger of slippery rocks. We can get the bottom of the waterfalls through the rocky path way along the other side of the falls. There you can feel the immense pressure of water falling above. Do not try to go too near the falls because accidents could have happen. You can find nearby shops for snacks and drinks. If you have to eat something heavy you need to travel 1-2km from there where you can find good homely meals along the roadside.
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Subha Ravi

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  • Subha Ravi
  • Lives in Thrissur
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"Best waterfalls in Kerala"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Cool atmosphere makes our mind fresh and calm. We would like to spend more time there. There are another waterfall called Vazhachal nearby. It is also a beautiful waterfall. We spent time with my family. Forest area makes a photogenic atmosphere and cooling effect. There are some good hotels to stay and for food.
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Harish Polanki

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  • Harish Polanki
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Very good sightseeing spot with huge water fall"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It contains the dangerous water fall always floating. It seems very good for sight seeing. We have more hotels nearby water falls. Garden is there with water falls. You must see the water fall from from the view point to experience better at day time. More snacks and chats are available near by in the garden and at hotels. There exist boating also.. Where can enjoy boating with round boats. But here, we should be very care full. There exist no security measures here. But, it gives more adventurous experience.
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Sudesh Bhosle

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  • Sudesh Bhosle
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Athirapilly Waterfalls - The most 'Inviting ' falls, made Kerala proud"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Athirapilly, a remote village Trichur District is perhaps famous only for the Water falls. There are 4 water falls on the way to Athirapilly which are equally beautiful. This is perhaps the only place in Kerala where you can see Hornbill, a rare bird which is supposed to be always longing for rain!!!!. Natural beauty is awesome in this area. This area is also famous for organic farming, especially Pine Apple. On the way to Athirapilly there is a hanging bridge at Thumpoormuzhy Dam which is recently opened. You can do fishing in Chalakudy River. River Crossing also can be done in this area but authorities are not permitting it on safety grounds.
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Saurav  sinha choudhury

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  •  15 helpful votes
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"Niagara of inIdia"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's a must visit place if you are in Kerala. The falls which is one of the most preferred location for many indian film makers is enormous. The roaring sound of water makes for the ambience. One can spend some time with friends, or family. Enjoying the water sports. However even during november the temperature was in mid 30's. Which won't allow one to enjoy the scenery for a longer time.
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Ajmal Rafeeq

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"The Indian niagara falls"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Athirapally located in thrissur is known as the niagra falls of India. Its great place to be in. You can enjoy playing in water. And be with one of the biggest falls in India. Its a great opportunity and a must visit in Kerala. The roadway to athirapally is also enjoyable and 5 kms nearly from athirapally is vazhachal is itself a good falls to be there :)
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Mirshad kallingal

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"Amazing water falls - Truly the Niagra Of india"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The Athirapally Falls situated near Kochi & Thrissur, are rightly called the Niagra of India. Approximately 80 feet high, being a part of the Chalakudy River, the entrance to the falls is steep and is a 2 km trek to the Athirapally Falls. For the shopping you will find some small shops near the entrance, you can buy local made hand made items. If you are planning to visit athirapally you must visit vazachal falls near to Athirapally (3 km from athirapally)& minimum 2 or 3 hrs program.
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Naresh Kommuri

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  • Naresh Kommuri
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"Awesome waterfall, great experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Its an awesome waterfalls, superb place to enjoy ourselves. This is the largest waterfall in Kerala. To reach the waterfalls we will be travelling by bus on ghat road, which is a thrilling experience. We can enjoy as much as we can over here. It will very good if you go in monsoon season. We can put our belongings outside before going near to the waterfalls for some fee, token will be given. Food is available outside. It will be closed by 6 pm, so as early as possible you can go after lunch. We can take lot of photos over there, its a very nice place for photography. Athirappilly is easily reachable from Chalakudy by taxi or bus.
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