Athirappilly Falls stands as the ever shining pride of Kerala and is often called as “Niagra of India” . It is the largest waterfall in Kerala standing at feet of 1000 above the sea level at a height of 25 m (82 feet) with 4 drops and 100 M (330 feet) wide.
Situated at the border of Ernakulum district and Thrissur district, it is a major tourist attraction in Kerala which allures a wide range of tourists each season. The waterfall comes down to the 80 feet level through several streams. It originates from the upper parts of Western Ghats at the entrance of Sholayar region. The magnanimous waterfalls are worth for your vacation.
Chakalludy – Athirappilly Trip, Anavandi Meet 2016
You can also witness the beauty of Vazhachal waterfalls which is located 5 KM away from the Athirappilly waterfalls. The dense forest nearby the waterfalls promise you a spellbound experience by allowing you to witness many endangered and epidemic species flora and fauna. Along with the international tourists, the scenic beauty of Athirappilly falls also attracts a lot of filmmakers and the place has been the location for various South Indian as well as North Indian movies.
The magnificently intertwined lush green forests that cover the patches of Sholayar, the sizzling silver cascade and the location towards the center of Cochin and Bharathapuzha makes Athirappilly a true promising land during the Monsoons season. Similarly, Swollen Chalakkudy River, Charpa falls, Vazhachal waterfalls can also be enjoyed along with Athirappilly falls during Monsoon. The absence of human settlements in most of the areas allows free spill-over of wild animals like elephants through the road. Even though there are hamlets in the Athirappilly-Vazhachal forest division, tourists and travelers are not encouraged to enter inside after 5 pm.
If you are coming in flight, the nearest airport to Athirappilly is Cochin International Airport in Nedumbassery at a distance of 45 Kilometers or 1 hour 15 minutes away
If you are coming in Train the closest station is Chalakudy (CKI) and Angamaly (AFK). However very few trains stop here and you can also get down at Aluva (AWY) or Ernakulam (ERS) Stations which are major stations.
However you are coming in, You can get into Athirappilly waterfalls by the Route through Chalakkudy which is really helpful for the tourists and travelers from the southern side of Kerala. The route starts from Chalakkudy junction and passes through Kanjirappilly and connects to Athirappilly falls.
Athirappilly Waterfalls – Travel Information & Tips
Athirappilly Falls Visiting Time : 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Entry Fee to Athirappilly Waterfalls : Rs.15.
Popular Tourist Attractions near Athirappilly Waterfalls : Chapra Falls, Sholayar Dam, Valparai and Malayattur Wildlife Sanctuary.
Best Time to Visit Athirappilly Waterfalls : June to October
Nearest Airport to Athirappilly Waterfalls : Kochi International Airport 55 kilometers away
Nearest Railway Station to Athirappilly Waterfalls : Chalakudi Railway Station just 30 kilometers away
Athirappilly Waterfalls Travel Tip If you have a high budget, opt for a Treehouse in Athirappilly that overlooks Waterfalls. This is a must visit for Bird Watchers, Trekkers, Nature Lovers and Photo Fanatics.
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