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Athirappilly Falls

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Athirappilly Falls

Sheetal Kumar jain
20th Feb 17

Charpa falls, roadside falls and so beautiful

Charpa falls, roadside falls and so beautiful  Video Review

Charpa Falls

Thejasvi Bhat
26th Jul 16

Vazhachal falls, very loud and serene

Vazhachal falls, very loud and serene  Video Review

Vazhachal Falls

Thejasvi Bhat
26th Jul 16

Splendid waterfalls, trek for some distance

Splendid waterfalls, trek for some distance  Video Review

Athirappilly Falls

Thejasvi Bhat
24th Jul 16

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Reasons to go to Athirappilly

1For the phenomenal views of gushing water
For the phenomenal views of gushing water

HolidayIQ Reviewer Karthikc Chandu says, “The falls has a viewing area and further up, a spot where you can reach the top of the falls to have a soak. The viewing area gives you a phenomenal view of the falls with the gush of water. ”

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2Witness the states largest waterfalls in all its glory
Witness the states largest waterfalls in all its glory

HolidayIQ Reviewer JOJI JOSEPH says, “Situated 1000 ft above sea level on the Chalakudy River and falling from a height of 80 feet, this is one of the largest waterfalls in the state. It's not the waterfall which attracts us but the scenic combination of forests and little streams surrounding the waterfall are also to be mentioned.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Roopa Sree adds, “The hectic travel all the way from Valparai was forgotten by looking at the beautiful waterfalls!! Mesmerizing view!! Time just passed by!! While guys went to get their feet dirty by getting into the water, we girls went to have a full view of the waterfalls and it was mind blowing though getting down the muddy steps is not so easy.


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3For it's beautiful waterfalls
For it's beautiful waterfalls

HolidayIQ Reviewer JOJI JOSEPH shares, “The waterfall and the surroundings are just mind-blowing Athirapally and Vazhachal, the two scenic and popular waterfalls on the interface of the Sholayar forest are just 5 km apart. The water ripples down with great speed and the Vazhachal waterfall is an astonishing view.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Biju Narendranath says, “Here nature is a complete beauty. Bathing near to waterfalls is not advisable and dangerous. Having a bath in low depth areas far from the waterfalls is enjoyable.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vamsee Dhar adds, “This is one of the places to be visited if you have a love for waterfalls or water. One can enjoy a lot of the water so better to carry clothes. There's an entry fee and also parking fee.”  


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4Athirappilly Falls
Athirappilly Falls

Vamsee: This is one of the places to be visited if you have love for water falls or water. One can enjoy a lot in the water so better to carry clothes. There's a entry fee and also parking fee. Food was available but was OK. Have to walk for around 1km with a lot of steps.

High-end resort : Rain Forest Resort
Budget resort : Riverok Villas


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Reviews (45)

Avinash nhanji

Avinash nhanji5.0/5

3 reviews


Awesome Athirappilly Waterfalls. The view of the falls is too good. One can enjoy here. Full of joy. Try to visit during September Oct, as per locals for more flow of water. We enjoyed it a lot. Also there are other places nearby just google it.

Venkatesh Madhavan

Venkatesh Madhavan

3 reviews

Would like name boards inside villages in English too. Not everyone will know the language too well.

Wonderful place with lots of facilities. The only place where hotels did not serve kerala's famous warm jeera water. Don't know why. Should be practised.

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Athirappilly Overview

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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Athirappilly Falls, Athirappilly

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Vishnu Katara

Athirappilly Falls, Athirappilly
Athirappilly Falls, Athirappilly

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Vishnu Katara

Athirappilly Falls, Athirappilly
Athirappilly Falls, Athirappilly

Photo by

Vishnu Katara

Athirappilly Falls, Athirappilly
Athirappilly Falls, Athirappilly

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Shyam Sridhar

Athirappilly Falls, Athirappilly

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