Athirapally Falls is one of the most scenic waterfalls in Kerala. The falls are formed as water from River Chalakudy drops down 80 feet through several parallel streams collectively spread over 300 feet. During monsoon season, Athirapally Falls will be in full glory when all the parallel streams join together to form a single waterfall that drops down 80 ft and is more than 300 ft wide!
Athirapally Falls (also spelled Athirapilly Falls) is located at around 60 km from Thrissur and is surrounded by Sholayar Reserve Forest. From the vehicle parking spot, you have to walk 500 m to reach the top of the falls. The view from the top of the falls is not very clear, but you can spend nice time on the river side. When the water current is not fierce, the river side provides ample space to get into and play in the water.
From the top of the falls, a narrow muddy foot path will take you to the base of the falls. It takes about 5-10 minutes to get down to the base as you pass through the tender bamboo plantations. At the base of the falls, entry is restricted to get down to water. A strong rope is tied to indicate visitors that is may not be safe to get into water. You can still see some people trying to sneak past the rope, only to get noticed by the officials and get scolded by them 🙂
River side on top of the falls
View of the falls from the top
As seen from a distance
Where to Stay
- Few resorts near the falls
- Thrissur (for budget stays) – 60 km
- Kochi (all budgets) – 72 kms
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