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Athirapally Waterfalls are one of the best waterfalls in India and one of the most famous tourist destinations in Kerala. These are magnificent waterfalls on Chalakudy River located at the entrance to Sholayar hill range in Thrissur district. At a distance of 70 kms from Kochi & 160 Kms from Coimbatore, this waterfall drops from a height of 80 feet through several parallel streams offering a great scenic beauty. In monsoon season, the water gets strength and all the streams join together and appear like Niagara Falls.One can reach top of the falls with about 5 minutes walk from nearest road. It offers spectacular views of the Sholayar hills and a unique view of the waterfalls from this spot. About 10-15 minutes trek down from top of the falls will take you to bottom of the falls where the greatest beauty of the falls can be experienced. Swimming is possible in the stream at bottom of the falls.Chalakudy (30 Kms) is the nearest junction to Athirapally and it's connected by bus with Thrissur (55 Kms), Kochi and Palakkad (110 Kms). One can take public/private vehicle from Chalakudy to reach Athirapally.Munnar is about 100 Kms from Athirapally. If you are travelling from Kochi to Munnar, you can visit Athirapally if you can dedicate 3 extra hours (Kochi-Munnar is 120 Kms and Kochi- Athirapally-Munnar is 170 Kms).Sep to Feb is the best time to visit this place.
At a distance of 7 Kms from Athirapally & 75 Kms from Kochi, Vazhachal Waterfalls is a breathtakingly beautiful waterfall situated very close to Athirapally - Valparai road.Near the entrance of the Sholayar forest range, the waterfall is formed on Chalakkudy River at lower stream of Athirapally waterfalls. The surroundings of the waterfalls offer rich natual views. Unlike Athirapally Waterfalls, Vazhachal flows through an inclined slope of more than 300 feet to descend into huge pool. It is very difficult and dangerous to step into the flow or to reach the bottom of the flow. It is advised to limit your Vazhachal trip to enjoying the natural beauty of the falls.There is another seasonal waterfall called Chapra Falls on the way to Vazhachal Falls towards left side of the road. In peak season, the falls can be seen falling from 63 meters height.Several private vehicles ply between Athirapally & Vazhachal falls.
At a distance of 22 Kms from Athirapally & 38 Kms from Valparai, Sholayar Dam is a beautiful dam situated on Athirapally - Valparai road. The Solaiyar Dam is the second largest rock dam in Asia and measures about 20 Km in length. The dam is an important reservoir under the Parambikulam-Aliyar Project. The surroundings of the dam are full of great natural beauty.Permission to enter the dam can be obtained at the office near dam entrance.
At a distance of 69 kms from Kochi (Ernakulam Town Railway Station), Edamalayar Dam located near Vadattupara is a picturesque location and one of the major reservoirs of Kerala.The Dam is built across Edamalayar River which is merged into Periyar River. The forests around reservoir provide shelter for variety of wildlife. Edamalayar is a heaven for people interested in birding and trekking activities. You can find different species of birds in the forest around the reservoir. Boating in the reservoir will leave a memorable experience.
Thrissur (also known as Trichur) is a city situated in central Kerala and the headquarters of Thrissur District. It is known as the 'Cultural Capital of Kerala'. At a distance of 68 Kms from Kochi and 280 Kms from Trivandrum, Thrissur is home for many famous temples like Guruvayoor Temple, Vadakkunathan Temple, Paramekkavu Temple, Thiruvambady Temple, etc. Thrissur hosts the world famous Thrissur Pooram festival in the month of April / May.In 18th century, Raja Rama Varma, popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran, re-built Thrissur from destruction after attacks from Tipu Sultan's army.
At a distance of 92 Kms from Coimbatore & 52 Kms from Pollachi & 573 Kms from Chennai, Valparai is a cute Hill Station at an altitude of about 3,500 feet on the Anamalai Hill Range of the Western Ghats. It is a part of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary.Popularly known as Cherrapunji of South, this place has number of tea and coffee estates surrounded by forest. There are around 40 steep, hairpin bends to reach this destination. The climate of Valparai is most suitable for tea, coffee, cardamom and cincona trees. The region is also a rich elephant tract and is known to have many leopards. The Valparai range is also the habitat the Nilgiri Tahr. Upper Sholayar Dam (15 Kms) is a fantastic place to visit from Valparai. Other important places to visit include Monkey Falls (24 Kms), Balaji temple (Karimalai-15 Kms), Velankanni Church (Karimalai-15 Kms), Puncha Mugha Vinayagar Koil (Near Sholayar) apart from numerous tea estates to visit.Valaparai is connected by bus from Pollachi.
Kochi, also known as Cochin is a port city in Ernakulam district of Kerala state. Also referred to as 'The Queen of the Arabian sea' and 'Gateway to Kerala', Kochi is the financial capital of Kerala state. Till early 16th century, Kochi was a small fishing village that became the first European township in India. The town was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later the British. Kochi is one of the finest natural harbors in the world. The city has 3 parts - Fort Kochi, Willingdon Island and Ernakulam. This city is home to the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth as well as numerous old churches and temples. Vasco da Gama, whose arrival in Kerala about 500 years ago opened up a new era of trade between India and Europe.Kochi & Ernakulam are twin cities which are separated by Kayal backwaters. The district of Ernakulam is located within the coast line of the Arabian Sea. The district took its form on 1st April 1958, by carving out the areas of Travancore, Kochi & Malabar kingdoms. The word Ernakulam was derived from a Tamil word 'Erayanarkulam' which means 'Lord Shiva's abode'.
Munnar is a fascinating hill station located in Idukki district of Kerala state and one of the most popular tourist spots in South India. It is located at a distance of 120 Kms from Kochi and 284 Kms from Trivandrum and 142 Kms from Coimbatore.At an altitude ranging from 5000 to 8000 feet, it is also called as the Swiss of South India. It was once the summer resort of the British Governors of South India. Munnar is at the confluence of three rivers - Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. In Tamil, Munnar mean 'Three Rivers'. Munnar is home for few of the world's best tea estates. Majority of the plantations are owned by Tata Group's Kannan Devan Tea Estate. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi, which towers over 2695 meters. Trekking facilities are available to reach Anamudi on foot. The tea plants covered Munnar hills makes the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet.Munnar's mesmerizing greenery, mountains, calmness, lakes and waterfalls attract honeymooners and tourists throughout the year.