Located in the district of Thrissur, Athirappally is the ideal place for people who love rivers and lake streams. Located at 60 km away from Thrissur city, the scenic beauty of Athirappally grabs the eyes and heart of every visitor. The Athirappally Falls is the greatest attraction of this place is situated 1000 ft above sea level on the Chalakudy river. The scenic combination of forests and little streams has attracted many tourists and filmmakers to this place. The Athirappally Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the state falling from a height of 80 ft. .
Athirappally is also home to many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna. In the Vazhachal area of Athirappally, you can see four endangered hornbill species. Athirapally can be stated as a one-of-its-kind riparian ecosystem in Kerala. The Vazhachal forest division is the second most biodiverse area in the state. It is also an important bird area. Chalakkudy river is a biodiversity hotspot with 85 species of freshwater fish living in it.
Vazhachal falls is yet another beauty of Athirappally. Even though swimming is allowed in Athirappally and Vazhachal, proper precautions are taken by the Forest Department as well as by the Police officers here to avoid mishaps.
Daily Jungle Safari trips are also available here from Chalakudy to Malakkappara. You get the chance to watch the vivid views of wildlife through the evergreen forest of Sholayar ranges of Western Ghats. It is about 90 km across the rainforests of Sholayar ranges. You can experience the rich flora & fauna of Athirapally-Vazhachal Ecotourim. The safari covers Kauthukapark, Thumboormuzhy Dam & Butterflygarden, The thick forests, valleys, lofty peaks, tea garden and wildlife watch are the notable features you get in Athirappally.
Shooting of many famous films including the ‘Bahubali’ has taken place in Athirappally. The movie makers are blown away by the beauty of Athirappally that they come from various places to capture this beauty in their frames. Many directors have a huge fascination for this spot that a lot of movies are shot here.
The Charpa Falls is another amazing waterfall that is located near to Athirappally. This waterfall is also a part of the Chalakkudy river. It plunges onto the road during the monsoons in Kerala.
Athirappally waterfalls also has a water-theme park close to it, which is the Dream World. It is here the rain dance and snow effect was first introduced in Kerala. You can have a memorable as well as fun-filled experience in this park if you visit Athirappally with your family and kids. There is also an amusement park, Silverstorm, in Athirappally. This park is located in a place which is encircled with the symphony of nature and is adorned with the Western Ghats.
Athirappally falls gains its majestic look in the monsoons of Kerala. The water gets strength and all the streams join together, which resembles the great Niagara Falls. Even though it is risky to visit the falls during the monsoons, the real beauty is visible during this time.
Athirapally Waterfalls – Falling from a height of 80 feet and forming several parallel streams, this waterfall provides a magnificent view from all sides. This is one place you can never avoid in your tour.
Thumboormuzhi Dam- Thumboormuzhi Dam and butterfly garden are two nearby places you can add to your list if you’re looking for some relaxation and calm. The dam is famous for the hanging bridge which was built to connect Ezhattumugham and the Dam.
Ezhattumugham – With a children’s play area, tree houses, food stalls, and other facilities, Ezhattumugham have become an excellent place for the family tour. You can play in the wide natural pool of water formed by the flow in Chalakudy River.
Vazhachal Waterfalls – In a 7 km distance to Athirapally fall, there is yet another breathtaking waterfall that will enthrall you with nature’s wonders.
Chapra Waterfalls – On the way to Vazhachal, you can see Chapra falls which are a seasonal waterfall. At the peak times, it was seen falling from about 63 feet in height.
Paniyeli Poru – This is a less crowded picnic spot in the outskirts of Chalakudy, formed when the flow of River Periyar is affected by the formation of rocks. The atmosphere, birds and the climate add it’s elegance as it’s in the midst of dense forest.
Illithodu- This is an eco-tourism place amidst thick Mahogany and Teak forest. The river flowing through the forest is the main attraction here. The river has strong undercurrents in some areas and is risky.Abhayaranyam Zoo- Abhayaranyam is an eco-tourism project, which is a mini zoo in the forest where animals like elephants and spotted deers live in a natural habitat.
Trekking- Trekking through the sides of the biggest and many-layered waterfall in Kerala is going to be a memorable experience. With a 15 minutes’ walk from the entrance, you reach the top of the fall where you can see an amazing view of the waterfall and Sholayar hills. And with another 10-minute trekking down, you can reach the bottom of the fall.
River rafting – Apart from the beauty of the place the availability of activities like rafting makes this spot fascinating for adventure seekers.
Swimming in the Waterfall- Swimming in the large pool of water formed by the fall watching it falling down is magical. Take your partner on a romantic trip to this wonderful destination.
Sightseeing- If you’ve come with your family, there are many places that could entertain your kids like water theme park, zoo, gardens, etc.
Monsoon (June- September) - Monsoon season provides the best view to the Athirapally falls. But trekking and swimming get a bit risky at this time and the forest guard makes certain restrictions this time.
Winter (November- February) – This is the next best and least risky season to be in Athirapally. The Climate remains cool and pleasant, making it more enjoyable for the tourists.
Summer (March-May) – Though the weather outside is burning at this time, that won’t affect you as you’ll be trekking in the forest, or swimming in the falls.
Air: The Nedumbassery International airport in Kochi is the nearest airport to Athirapally. You can take a cab or bus to the place.
Train: The nearest railway station is Chalakudy which is in 28 km distance. If your train has no stop in Chalakudy railway station, you can get down at the nearest stop and catch a local train, bus or a cab to the place.
Road: Athirapally has great transportation facilities from all the major cities in Kerala. You can self-drive, hire a taxi, or catch a private or state transport bus to reach the destination.