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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
Temperature: Maximum: 33°C
Minimum: 20°C

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

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STD Code: 04882
Languages Spoken: Malayalam, Hindi & English
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By Air
Nearest Airport: Kochi - Cochin International Airport (55 Kms)
By Train
Nearest Train Station: Chalakudy Railway Station (30 Kms)
Thrissur Railway Station (55 Kms)
Ernakulam Town Railway Station (70 Kms)
By Bus
Nearest Bus Station: Athirapally Bus Station (0 Kms)
Chalakudy (30 Kms)


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.....

Lake & Backwaters

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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.

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Lake & Backwaters

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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.

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

Historical & Heritage | 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.....

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Trip Duration (From Athirapally Waterfalls - Including Travel): 1-2 Days

Hill Station

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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

Beach | City

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Trip Duration (From Athirapally Waterfalls - Including Travel): 1-2 Days

Hill Station

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Trip Duration (From Athirapally Waterfalls - Including Travel): 1-2 Days

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