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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Chitra

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  • Lives in Tiruvethipuram
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  171 readers

"Good to go to waterside place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is the largest fall in Kerala and nicknamed as the "The Niagra of India" with four water drops, well-situated in the lap of western ghat mountains on Chalakudy river. I went there in December. You will have to walk a little to go to see this water front scene. On waterside there is a lot of humidity even in December. Monkeys are the major wildlife in this area including various snakes.

There are many stalls of local food and fruits and various decorative items made by the locale. Hats are also sold there to prevent you from the sunny weather. I think one must buy this alike I did. The chilly sun standing right on your head and the breeze carrying small cold droplets of water to your face, I think this is the freezing moment to experience for.
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Pramod Kumar

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  • Pramod Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 11 Reviews
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"Good experience; good place to relax"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2014
It was a good experience seeing the river downstream and the actual falls. We visited in January so the water wasn't much, but we still had a good time. Best time would be just after the rainy season. The Riverok Villas nearby are very good with a good view of the river and good rooms.
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Sijo P

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  • Sijo P
  • Lives in Chalakudy
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"Great view; great destination to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 15, 2014
Water fall is the main attraction in Athirapilly. In the monsoon season it will be superb and that is the best time to visit the place. We can get down to the bottom of the water fall and it is a superb view. The entry fee and parking is not a big problem.
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Jijo Joson

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  • Jijo Joson
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"A place to visit during monsoon"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Jul 19, 2014
I visited Athirappilly last month. The place is in the lap of the nature. Going by the Thrissur Ernakulam highway, after turning to a side road, you will feel like entering into a jungle. Athirappilly is best when there is water. Standing below the waterfall is amazing. You will definitely get wet. But don't be too adventurous. Its dangerous. Overall, the best place to spend a day.
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Dibyendu Adak

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  • Dibyendu Adak
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 10 Reviews
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"Best waterfall I have seen."

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 11, 2014
Athirapally Waterfall is called as India's Niagara. My recommendation is that go there in rainy seasons. Also another waterfall named Vazachal that is equally beautiful. Walk through the forest, will see various types of birds and and animals. Everything meal is cooked with coconut oil. But Vegetable oil also available, but you have to tell them initially. There are no range for mobile network in many places or signal is very poor.
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Yusuf Shamsi

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  • Yusuf Shamsi
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  • Lives in Agra
  • 5 Reviews
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"Masti hi Masti"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2013
I have enjoyed that place a lot. I had many masti there. The water will scare you but at the same time it will give you pleasure. It's forest will attract you a lot. The sounds of birds will relax you. There are many benches to relax on. Overall it's an awesome place. It is well connected with roads so it is easy to reach there. One should have such a good experience.
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Karthi R

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  • Karthi R
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"NICE TRIP"

  • Posted Jul 25, 2013
Athirapally is nice destination and very well connect road. we had great pleasure on that trip. we enjoy every moment.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: not specifid

Activities & things to do: swimming

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By car. vadakkancherry to trishur road very worst and dangerous.
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Suresh Radhakrishnan

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  • Suresh Radhakrishnan
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  • Lives in Cochin
  • 6 Reviews
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"Niagra of India"

  • Posted Jun 19, 2013
Nothing much other than the water falls, a place to relax and may be if you like trekking (if season allows) road is through the forest and beware - no range for mobile in many places, otherwise its nice

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: for food other than the hotel where we stayed, we could only spot some local restaurants. we had puttu and kadala. it was good

Activities & things to do: within a span of 10 kms there are two water theme parks. trekking is possible. drive through forest is another attraction.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: cab is best, public transport is there, not frequent. nearest town is chalakudy and not far from nedumbassery airport. chalakudy has a multiplex and food court, 3 star hotel is at angamally on the way to airport.
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Vandana Bakshi

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  • Vandana Bakshi
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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 5 Reviews
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"Wonders of Jungle"

  • Posted May 1, 2013
It 's an amazing place one must visit. Full of natures beauty and freshness. One can relax and enjoy. Else can go and explore wild jungle and awesome waterfalls like we did.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: No such eating points. But the food available in the resort was very yummy and good variety.The foot of the waterfalls, Dam, Top of the waterfall and many more waterfalls were there to see. But have to collect the tickets for the Govt. Ticket counter near the Resort only. Shopping areas as such only small small road side stall for visitors only.

Activities & things to do: Trekking, Mountain climbing, Jungle exploration, Waterfall explorations , Elephant safari

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Visit in the months Nov- Dec only because even in these months Athripally was extremely Hot and badly Humind. By road from Munnar or Kumarkom etc. Long and tiring road trip but once you will reach, The triedness will vanish after natural beauty and purity of the place. Surely I can bet.
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Uma Namboodiri

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  • Uma Namboodiri
  • Lives in Cochin
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"Athirapilly : Calling Nature lovers !"

  • Posted Jan 24, 2013
Travel approx 70 + kms from Cochin and then you reach Athirappilly, known for its beautiful waterfalls.It is a perfect one day trip to escape into the lush greenery from the busy city life. Beyond Athirappilly and the nearby waterfalls Vazhachal,lies the Sholyar ranges. This place maintains a rich flora and fauna and is the nest to many rare species of birds.The waterfalls are a part of the beautiful Chalakudy river.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Main attraction here is obviously the waterfalls and the road that leads you to them. Ezhattumugham prakrithi gramam would also be a good pitstop on the way to the falls. It is a park on the side of a check-dam at Ezhattumugham. If well kept this park can attract more tourists. Silverstorm amusement park Athirappilly would also be a good place to check out. On the way to Athirappilly and Vazhachal waterfalls there are many number of pitstops, rather view points for tourists to get down and take a walk. The lush greenery and water on either sides at few places adds to the scenic beauty. The beauty of this place has been brought into celluloid with much perfection by famous director Mani Ratnam in his film Raavan.

I had stayed at rainforest resort, Athirampilly and since it is a luxury resort, their rates are on the higher side. But the amenities they offer are worth the rates. They have a well maintained pool, super spacious rooms, the walking area inside the resort is huge and its kept natural.The best part is if you could get to stay in the tree house (just 1 there ) and the direct view of the waterfalls that you get to see right from your window.They also have a private path that takes you to the waterfalls. If you are ready to spend a good sum on your stay then Rainforests (Abad property ) is the right choice for you.

Activities & things to do: As far as i know, there are no water games,boating or adventure sports being offered here. Travelers can walk up till the waterfalls over the rocks (at certain places they are slippery )There are guides/forest officers to ensure the safety of visitors and to make sure they do now get into areas marked as dangerous for swimming.If you go to silverstorm, that can easily take up a half day of yours.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Easily accessible from Angamaly or Chalakudy side. If your are taking the route from Angamaly, you pass Ezhattumugham too.

But being a hard core traveler, the route i loved and would suggest would be coming from Pollachi side and then crossing Valparai and then cutting the dense Malakkiparai forests and then reaching Vazhachal Athirapalli. If you are lucky enough you can get to see wild elephants, bison or may be even a tiger :) Have seen news articles of tiger been spotted in Malakkaparai area.
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