The travelling is always taxing on your body, though you forget everything
once you reach your destination. The picture changes drastically once you
reach the top as the sudden rushing sound of the cascading waterfall makes
you feel that the water has begun to fall only now. Though the fact is that
the waters have maintained this suddenness for a long time and they are
still persevering. The Athirapally waterfalls are 80 feet high which start
at the high ranges calmly and come crashing down through the gorges.
There is a rocky road that moves around the mountain providing you with a
magnificent view of the Athirapally waterfalls. Visiting the Athirapally
waterfalls in September is a good idea as the waterfalls are in full force
just after the monsoons.
As you move nearer through the beautifully landscaped road to Athirapally,
you can enjoy the views of Arecanut Palms on one side and the Chalakudy
river on the other side. First the river seems winding and then it crashes
down suddenly, white with challenge. Only after a short distance, the river
is back to its normal self again. Trekking is a wonderful way to explore the
nearby areas, especially if you do it along the banks of the Chalakudy
The waterfall is located at a height in the Sholayar forest ranges and is
very near to the Valparai which is a popular hill station.
There are some vendors here who sell jute hats and plastic flowers, they
definitely make the place more tourist friendly. The presence of the
waterfall is unmistakable everywhere in Athirapally as it is present either
in the form of a painting or a topic of conversation.
It is a hill station known for its sprawling tea plantations. The elephant
density of the place is among the highest in India.
It is a picturesque waterfall as well as a popular picnic spot located on
the periphery of the Sholayar forest range in Kerala. This waterfall is also
a part of the Chalakkudy river.
The place is about 20 km away from the Chalakudy and is known for a lake
with calm and soothing waters. So far Anakkayam has remained untouched by
human encroachment therefore has a pristine beauty that never fails to
captivate the tourists.
How to Reach?
After you reach the Cochin International Airport or the Cochin Railway
Station, you'll have to drive for 55 km to reach the Athirapally waterfalls.
From Cochin you'll have to drive on NH 47 and then turn right from the
Chalakudy Junction, which is the nearest railhead. The city of Thrissur is
at the distance of about 63 km from the Athirapally waterfalls. You are
allowed to visit the waterfall only between 8 am and 6 pm.