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Athirappally Waterfalls is located located at the entrance to Sholayar ranges, the host town is Chalakudy, this waterfall is a popular picnic spot. Affording to the onlookers, one of the most bewitching sights, Athirappally Falls is about 80 feet high and located in the forest area. Combined with the greenery, it infuses freshness into any tired soul. The Athirapally Falls join the Chalakkudy River after plummeting a drop of 80 feet.

A tranquil and much needed escape from the troubles and stress of life. Let the soothing sounds take you to some of natures most relaxing places - the beautiful waterfalls of Athirampally and Vazhachal (Prounced as vaazhachaal).

The charm of the Athirampally and Vazhachal nature cannot be described by words, Starting calmly from the high ranges, and crashing through gorges overhung with trees, these waterfall is one of the best places in India to re-capture a real sense of the classical idea of the 'Picturesque' - not just calm and sweet, but something wild and natural.

Athirappilly is thirty kilometres from Chalakudy. NH47 passes through the town. Chalakudy is the entrance to Athirapally . The town is also famous for it's ever increasing liquor demand, breaking market records every season.


Chalakudy provides the best accommodation facilities for guests with Nightlife, multispeciality Hospital facility, multi cusine resturents, bars, and Nightlife
compared to Athirapally.

Transport links

Chalakudy is conveniently connected by air, rail and road networks. Located very close to the National Highway 47, it is 30 km south of Thrissur, 49 km north of Ernakulam, and 21 km from Cochin International Airport (Nedumbassery), which is accessed by many major airlines, including Emirates. Chalakudy railway station is just two kilometres away.

Perched high above in the the Sholayar forest ranges on the fringes of Kerala's famed rain forests, the waterfalls provides a restful escape for those wanting to leave the hurried pace of city life behind. wild and beautiful, unspoilt by the passing of time.

The water plunges and joins to the Chalakudi River. The scenic attraction of Vazhachal, the other picnic spot is just a drive from Athirampally. These scintillating waterfalls in thick green forest are a part of the Chalakudy river stream.

The riparian forests of the Chalakudy River have revealed the existence of a thick riparian vegetation of more than 10 metres width for a distance of 10.5 km downstream from Peringalkuth, covering an area of 58.5 hectares. Out of this, 26.4 hectares lie within the Vazachal area, including three large islands densely covered by riparian forests.

The riparian forests of the area have been found to be characterised by the presence of typical riparian species of plants, in addition to evergreen and semi-evergreen species.Out of the 319 species of flowering plants identified from the study area, 24 are endemic species of the Western Ghats and 10 are rare and endangered.

Moreover, the Chalakudy River is known for its diversity, as it contains 85 species of fresh water fishes out of the 152 species known from Kerala. Among these, 35 are endemic species of the Western Ghats and nine are considered to be endangered.

Both this waterfalls are a part of the Chalakudy river and 5 km apart on the road to hill station (Malakkapari/ Vaparai) which has excellent tea estate and is one of India's highest elephant density habitats and is a crucial corridor between Parambikulam and Malayattur Wildlife

The Athirappilly Falls are situated on the Chalakudy river, which originates in the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. Many endangered and endemic species of flora and founa are found in the forests of the Athirapilly-Vazhachal area. This area is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species are seen. The Western Ghats is one of the most important biodiversity hot spot in the world. This valuable natural world is already degraded by mining and hydro electric projects.

Athirapally- Chalakudy Tourism

Athirappilly is popular among tourists. Athirappilly Falls is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Another popular waterfall to visit is the Vazhachal Falls. Athirappilly Falls is a part of Chalakudy river and it is approximately 80 feet in height. Athirappilly is easily reachable from Chalakudy by taking a vehicle for rent or by bus from the Chalakudy private bus terminal.

Proper precautions are taken on site to prevent mishaps while swimming and a police camp is always positioned there. Athirappilly is situated on SH-21 highway connecting Tamil Nadu and Kerala, night driving is not advised. But you can enjoy the adventurous drive in the middle of jungle.

Maniratnam Connection

Noted tamil film director, Maniratnam, has a huge fascination for this spot that a lot of his movies are shot here. Raavan was almost fully shot in this location. The movies Dil Se, Kannathil Muthamittal, Iruvar, Guru have songs shot here

Interesting places around Chalakudy & Athirapally

Towards western ghats

Chalakudy River - (half a kilometre from town, to the south on NH-47 highway); it has one of the highest fish diversities in kerala(second in the whole India)

St. Mary's Forane Church - (It's in south junction) - It is a pilgrimage centre.It has Grotto and Holy Land.(Lifesize tableau of biblical scenes in the life of Jesus Christ).

Mathama para - one big rock on the top of a hill in nayarangady

Dream World Water Theme Park - (10 km east of Town; en route to the Athirappally water falls).

Thumboormuzhy Check Dam & Garden - (15 km east of Town; en route to the Athirappilly waterfalls

Silver Storm Water Theme Park- (19 km east of Town; en route to the Athirappilly waterfalls).

Oil palm Plantation - (17 km from Town; en route to the Athirappilly waterfalls

Athirappilly Waterfalls - (33 km east of Town).

Charpa Falls - (The enchanting but lesser known Charpa falls, which plunges on to the road during the monsoon, is a sight to watch and enjoy.) (31 km east of Town; after Athirappilly waterfalls).

Vazhachal falls and Resorts - (35 km east of Town; after Athirappilly waterfalls).

Peringalkuthu Hydro Electric Project Dam - (36 km from Town; in the direction of the Athirappilly water falls).

concrete jungles - It attracts the visitor with its bubbling streams, natural rock formations and flora).

Anakkayam - ( About 37 km from Chalakudy on the Athirappilly route, Anakkayam means the "Elephant pit". It is noted for a lake with cool and placid waters. The place is a forest untouched by human encroachments and is a haven for those who wish to escape from concrete jungles. It attracts the visitor with its bubbling streams, natural rock formations and flora).

TATA Tea & Coffee Plantions in Malakkappara

Towards north

Thrissur Sightseeing, Vadakkum nathen Temple

Towards Arabian sea

Irijalajuda – Koodal manikam Temple
The only Baratha Temple in India.Koodalmanikyam Temple is a marvel in architectural beauty. Azhicode Munakkal Beach, St Thomas Shrine where st Thomas arrived in IndiaKodumgalloor Bagavathy Temple, Chettuva Backwater with Kandal forest, Azhimugham whrere sea meets river, 64 Elephants fort, Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, Paliyur Church

Towards South

Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor - (Largest retreat in the world) (Meloor gramapanchayath) 2 km from Chalakudy town

Korattymuthy - Marian Pilgrimage Travel Destination and Rosary Village at about 5 Kms. away.

Ezhattumukham -(7 km from Athirappilly; on the Angamaly route via Vettilappara bridge),20 km from chalakudy town(Muringoor-Ezhattumugham PWD road via Meloor, Poolany).

Kalady, Kodanadu elephant centre

Veegaland Water park Cochin Sightseeing

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