Athirappilly Water Falls

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Athirapally, The land of great waterfalls, rivers and forests. Athirappilly Water Falls is the largest waterfall in Kerala and very famous all over India. One of the major tourist's attractions of Kerela, this mesmerising waterfall is the miracle of nature. The beauty of this waterfall will take your breathe away. The peace that you will get by visiting the nature’s wonder cannot be described in words. Sholayar ranges beautifully combined with forest and sizzling silver cascades located in central Cochin and River Bharathapuzha is extremely pleasing. Athirapally is one of the ideal places where the monsoon can be enjoyed.

Athirappilly Falls formation resembles the popular Niagara Falls in the USA. So, Athirappilly Waterfalls is commonly called as "The Naigara of India". It is also the largest waterfalls in Kerala.



History of Athirappilly Water Falls

Local communities banded together alongside the river to stop the construction of a hydroelectric dam upstream from Athirapally Waterfall. The dam would have taken more than 140 hectares of forest, and destroyed Athirapally Waterfall, one of many scenic waterfalls important for the local tourism industry. The dam also would have destroyed the habitat of many important species, including the rare Cochin Forest Cane Turtle, the endangered Great Indian Hornbill, the Lion-Tailed Macaque and the Nilgiri Langur.

The dense vegetation of forest division is located around Athirappilly Falls. Athirappilly Water Falls is considered one of the best biodiversity hotspots in Kerala. Athirappilly region is home to four kinds of Great Indian Hornbill. The lush green vegetation supports rich wildlife and fauna. The forest reserve is a habitat of elephants, bison, tigers, leopards and many other animals And is considered one of the best wildlife destinations in Kerala.

One of the main reasons behind the popularity of Athirappilly Falls is the different movies that were shot here. Athirappilly Falls is one of the major and top film shooting locations in India. There is a big list of hit movies which brought prominence and esteem to this beautiful place. Bollywood films like Guru, Dil Se, Khushi, Yaariyan and South India films like Punnagai Mannan, Happy, etc. have been shot here at Athirappilly.



Trekking in Athirapally Water Falls

The thrilling pathways leading up to the falls is a pleasure for mountaineers who are seeking for a quick adventure. The routes of the trek are pretty well maintained and you get to enjoy a spectacular view of the falls throughout. Loads of monkeys and different colourful birds will keep you company and entertain you throughout the way, and sometimes you can enjoy the view of a samba dear as well. Washrooms are available throughout the way for the convenience of the travellers. The path takes you right to the base of the falls where the view is simply amazing. 



Price to Visit Athirappilly Water Falls

Price to visit Athirappilly Water Falls is only 15 Rupees but the experience you get is worth more.



Tourist Attractions 

  • Chapra Falls
  • Sholayar Dam
  • Valparai 
  • Malayattur Wildlife Sanctuary.



Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • By Bus : Athirappilly Water Falls are Located in the Thrissur district of Kerala, it can be easily reached by roadway buses from Kochi. It takes around 2-3 hours to reach this destination from Kochi. You can reach the falls through 3 different routes which are via Valparai, Angamaly and Chalakudy.

Things To Do

  • Watch Athirapally Water From the bottom. There is a 250-meter long path to trek down to the bottom of the Waterfalls. To get a view of the waterfall, one needs to go down from the top of the waterfalls for about 100 meters. For the protection of travellers and local, guards are always there.
  • River at the falls has a natural pool where you can relax and enjoy, it is a common sight to see travellers bathing in the pools above the waterfalls. It is safe as the river is not deep above the falls a lot of places.
  • Visit Vazhachal waterfalls commonly known as Charpa falls. This waterfall is located only a few kilometres from Athirappilly is another popular tourist destination but the waterfall is rather flat. It is situated at the Chalakkudy district along with a large dense forest.
  • Safaris and trekking is again a very popular activity among tourists and locals. Jungle safari through this region is a very attractive one to experience the wildlife to the fullest. The safari stretches almost 90km across the forest. You can explore flora and fauna within the Athirappally waterfall.
  • Last but not least is Bird watching. You can enjoy a variety of different colourful birds at this waterfall. If you are lucky you can even enjoy some endangered species at the waterfall.


Athirappilly Water Falls, Pariyaram, Kerala

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The best season to visit Athirappilly Waterfalls is from June to October. This is the best season as the rain is at its peak which makes this place more beautiful.
If you are going for the trek always wear good sport shoes as otherwise, you can get aching feet.
Trekking terrain is uneven so beware, walk carefully.
One of the very popular tourist attractions in Kerala, the majestic Athirappilly waterfalls are a sight worth experiencing. This is the biggest waterfall in Kerala. Athirapally falls come down through several parallel streams. In the monsoon season, in its full glory, the waterfalls appear like Niagara Falls.
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