Athirapally is located in Mukundapuram Taluk of Thrissur district in Kerala. It is famous for its majestic waterfalls, enchanting rainforests and is rich in biodiversity. The ecosystem of this place is considered to be one of its kind in the state of Kerala. Athirappally also houses the Vazhachal and the Charpa waterfalls. It is a perfect place for nature lovers to head to and enjoy the beauty that is has to offer. It is also a haven for bird watchers and photographers. Here is a guide to the town of waterfalls, Athirappally.
The Athirappally Waterfall originates from the Chalakudy River that has its source in the Western Ghats. This beautiful waterfall in South India, is also called 'The Niagara Falls' of India. The waterfall can be viewed from various places; such as from the road that wades through the forest, you can have a look at the water gushing down into the deep river. You can also view the waterfall from the top, though you will need to buy an entry ticket at the main entrance. For the most beautiful view you can go to the bottom of the falls and look at the falls descending down.
Picturesque view of Athirappally Falls.
Photo Courtesy: NIHAL JABIN
The Vazhachal Waterfall is located in the Sholayar ranges in the rainforests of Athirappally. The picturesque beauty of the waterfall provides an escape to those who want to leave the stressful city life behind. The region is known to have rich vegetation that is well-preserved and has a thousand varieties of wildlife inhabiting it. While entering the area there is a single ticket counter that caters to all the visiting tourists to the falls. This particular region is also known as an Important Bird Area and India's Best Elephant Conservation. The water levels are usually low, but during the monsoons the water rises and covers the area making it look like a huge waterfall.
Scenic view of the waterfall.
Photo Courtesy: Thangaraj Kumaravel
Charpa falls is a lesser known tourist spot that is worth visiting. Situated at a distance of 60 km from Thrissur, this isn't a cascading marvel, but watch out if you visit the place in the monsoons. It is close enough to the roads for the water to come gushing onto the road when the state receives torrential rains. At 25 mt, the falls don't inspire awe in the height they descend from, but the flow of the water surging over the huge rocks in a turbulent, exhilarating streak, is indeed a sight to watch. It has been picturised in many movies such as Dil Se, Guru, Iruvar and more.
The falls gushing down the rocks.
Photo Courtesy: Neon
How to Reach Athirappally
By Air: The nearest airport to Athirappally is the Cochin International Airport that is about 55 km away. It is well-connected with all the major cities in the country.
By Train: Thrissur and the Kochi are the two major railheads that are close to the waterfall. The Thrissur Junction is about 78 km and the Kochi junction is about 66 km away from Athirappally. It is well-connected with all other major rail stations in the country.
By Road: It is about 55 km away from Kochi by road. There are many good buses both private and government which are available from Bangalore and Kochi. The waterfalls can be reached by the Chalakuddy highway, also called SH-21, in a taxi or by boarding a bus from the Chalakuddy Bus Terminal.
So when are you heading to Athirappally?
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