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ATHIRAPALLY WATERFALLS (WATERFALL) - TRAVEL GUIDE

At a distance of 32 km from Chalakudy, 73 km from Kochi, 59 km from Thrissur, 122 km from Kottayam, 170 km from Kozhikode, 174 km from Coimbatore & 269 km from Trivandrum, Athirapally Waterfalls are one of the best waterfalls in India and one of the most famous tourist destinations in Kerala & one of the popular weekend getaways from Kochi, Coimbatore & Munnar. These are magnificent waterfalls on Chalakudy River located at the entrance to Sholayar hill range in Thrissur district.

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. This is the biggest waterfalls in Kerala and well known for its scenic beauty.

One can reach top of the falls with about 15 minutes walk from the falls entrance. 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.

Down from the waterfall, the stream continues as Chalakudy River which ultimately drains into Arabian Sea. This river is a bio diversity hotspot with 85 species of fresh water fish living in it. The Athirapally Forest is also the natural habitat of different species like the great hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill, Malabar grey hornbill, Indian grey hornbill, Asiatic elephant, tiger, leopard, bison, sambar and lion-tailed macaque.

The Vazhachal Waterfalls, Charpa Falls, Anakkayam, Sholayar Dam, Valparai and Malayattur Wildlife Sanctuary are the nearest attractions to Athirapally. It also offers adventure activities like river rafting, trekking, etc.

Chalakudy (32 km) is the nearest junction to Athirapally and it is connected by bus with Thrissur (55 km), Kochi (73 km) and Palakkad (110 km). One can take public/private vehicle from Chalakudy to reach Athirapally. Cochin Airport is the nearest airport to Athirapally which is 40 km away. Kochi and Thrissur are two major railways junctions nearby. The nearest railway station is Chalakudy Railway Station at 32 km from Athirapally.

Munnar is about 100 km 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 km and Kochi- Athirapally-Munnar is 170 km).

Athirapally falls never dries out and can be visited anytime during the year. Though the waterfall appears in its full glory during monsoons, heavy rains can cause great inconvenience. So, the best time to visit is from September to January. It usually takes 2-3 hours to explore Athirapally falls.

Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM

Ideal Trip Duration: Half Day to Full Day
Base Station: Thrissur (55 Kms), Kochi (70 Kms)
Nearest City: Kochi (70 Kms)
Best Time to Visit: September to January
Peak Season: September to January
State: Kerala
District: Thrissur
Other Info
Internet Availability: Internet Not Available
STD Code: 04882
Languages Spoken: Malayalam, Hindi & English
Temperature: Maximum: 33C
Minimum: 20C
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
Notes/Tips:
None
By Air
Nearest Airport: Kochi - Cochin International Airport (55 Kms)
Direct Flights to Kochi
From Dist (Kms) Freq Duration
Kozhikode1651/Day1 Hrs
By Train
Nearest Train Station: Chalakudy Railway Station (30 Kms)
Thrissur Railway Station (55 Kms)
Ernakulam Town Railway Station (70 Kms)
Direct Trains to Chalakudy
FromDist (Kms)FreqDuration
Alappuzha1015/Day2 Hrs 15 Mins
Bangalore5931/Day11 Hrs
Chennai6452/Day12 Hrs
Kozhikode1494/Day3 Hrs 45 Mins
Coimbatore1626/Day3 Hrs
Dindigul6171/Day14 Hrs
Kochi4215/Day50 Hrs
Kollam2009/Day4 Hrs
Kottayam1047/Day2 Hrs 30 Mins
Mangalore3703/Day8 Hrs
Madurai5511/Day12 Hrs
Mumbai17842/Day35 Hrs
Palakkad1087/Day2 Hrs 30 Mins
Salem3255/Day7 Hrs 30 Mins
Trivandrum3649/Day6 Hrs
Tirupati6332/Day13 Hrs
Tiruchirappalli7112/Day8 Hrs 30 Mins
Thrissur3116/Day0 Hrs 30 Mins
Direct Trains to Thrissur
FromDist (Kms)FreqDuration
Tiruchirappalli3162/Day8 Hrs
Chennai6056/Day10 Hrs
Madurai3031/Day13 Hrs
Kozhikode11210/Day3 Hrs
Alappuzha1308/Day2 Hrs 30 Mins
Kottayam13512/Day3 Hrs
Kochi6819/Day1 Hrs 30 Mins
Kollam21916/Day5 Hrs
Palakkad6418/Day2 Hrs 30 Mins
Trivandrum28016/Day6 Hrs 30 Mins
Hyderabad9811/Day24 Hrs
Mangalore3684/Day6 Hrs 30 Mins
Bangalore4132/Day10 Hrs
Coimbatore11214/Day3 Hrs
Tirupati6004/Day11 Hrs 30 Mins
Salem27915/Day2 Hrs 30 Mins
Vijayawada13353/Day29 Hrs
Direct Trains to Kochi
FromDist (Kms)FreqDuration
Chennai6873/Day13 Hrs
Hogenakkal4201/Week7 Hrs
Tiruchirappalli3952/Day15 Hrs
Madurai2701/Day11 Hrs
Kozhikode1656/Day4 Hrs
Kottayam6713/Day1 Hrs 15 Mins
Kollam15014/Day3 Hrs
Thrissur7920/Day1 Hrs 30 Mins
Palakkad15912/Day3 Hrs
Trivandrum23015/Day5 Hrs
Hyderabad10951/Day25 Hrs
Bangalore5331/Day12 Hrs
Coimbatore1938/Day3 Hrs
Kanyakumari3073/Day7 Hrs
Tirupati6653/Day13 Hrs
Salem3588/Day8 Hrs
Vizag14943/Week26 Hrs
Murudeshwar5632/Week12 Hrs
Mangalore3823/Day10 Hrs
Birur7841/Week15 Hrs
Udupi464NANA
By Bus
Nearest Bus Station: Athirapally Bus Station (0 Kms)
KLCHK (30 Kms)
Direct Buses to Athirapally Waterfalls
From Dist (Kms) Freq Duration
Thrissur55NANA
Chalakudy30NANA
Distance Chart
From Distance (Kms)
Tiruchirappalli320
Chennai665
Madurai281
Kozhikode165
Kollam187
Kochi70
Thrissur55
Alappuzha114
Munnar100
Trivandrum247
Bangalore467
Coimbatore160
Palakkad110
Mysore331
Mangalore405
Hyderabad1034
Vizag1342
Vijayawada1000
Tirupati604
Chalakudy30
7 ACTIVITIES & PLACES OF INTEREST IN & AROUND ATHIRAPALLY WATERFALLS

Vazhachal Waterfalls (Waterfall)

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.....

Sholayar Dam (Lake / Backwaters)

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.....

Edamalayar Dam, Near Kochi (Lake / Backwaters)

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.....

Distance (From Athirapally Waterfalls): 40 Kms
Trip Duration (From Athirapally Waterfalls - Including Travel): 3 Hours
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Thrissur (Historical & Pilgrimage)

At a distance of 113 km from Kozhikode, 81 km from Kochi, 69 km from Palakkad, 114 km from Coimbatore, 279 km from Trivandrum and 280 km from Madurai, Thrissur (also known as Trichur) is a city situated in central Kerala. This is one of the ideal weekend getaways around Kochi & Coimbatore.

The name Thrissur was derived from Tiru-Shiva-Peru which literally means the big town of Lord Shiva. The name owes itself to the most prominent feature of the city that is the Vadakkunathan Temple, Shiva as its presiding deity. Thrissur is also known as the Cultural Capital of Kerala because of its.....

Valparai, Near Coimbatore (Hill Station)

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.....

Distance (From Athirapally Waterfalls): 60 Kms
Trip Duration (From Athirapally Waterfalls - Including Travel): Full Day
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Kochi (Beach & City)

At a distance of 190 km from Coimbatore, 204 km from Trivandrum, 426 km from Mangalore and 516 km from Bangalore, Kochi, also known as Cochin is a port city in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Also referred to as 'The Queen of the Arabian Sea', Kochi is the financial capital of Kerala.

It is one of the prime tourist destinations in Kerala. The city derives its name from the Malayalam word Kochazhi meaning small lagoon. Kochi is one of the finest natural harbors in the world. The city has 3 parts - Fort Kochi, Willington Island and Ernakulam. Vasco da Gama, whose arrival in Kerala about.....

Munnar (Hill Station)

At a distance of 120 km from Kochi , 284 km from Trivandrum, 142 km from Coimbatore, 134 km from Kottayam, 153 km from Thrissur and 150 km from Madurai, Munnar is a fascinating hill station located in Idukki district of Kerala and one of the most popular tourist spots in South India. This is also one of the best weekend getaways from Kochi, Coimbatore & Madurai.

Munnar town is situated at an altitude ranging from 5000 to 8000 feet on the Kannan Devan Hills in Devikulam taluk and is the largest town in the Idukki district covering an area of nearly 557 sq. km. It is also called as the.....

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