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.