The stunning Athirappilly Falls are the largest and most famous of all waterfalls in Kerala India. It is nicknamed the ‘Niagara of India’ as when in her full glory boasts white foam and roars into the Chalakudy River.
Labeled as one of the best and most spectacular falls in India. The falls are situated on the Chalakudy River at the entrance to the Sholayar Hill range in the Thrissur District. Standing at an impressive height of 80 feet and 330 feet wide, these falls are a favourite destination for many and attracts tourists all year round.
Adorned with palms and coconut trees, the road to Athirappilly falls really is a picture of breath taking beauty. With a trek of approximately 2km to reach the falls from the ticket entry point. A 10 to 15 minute walk from the top of the falls brings you to the bottom, where the full magic of the falls can be experienced.
The falls can be reached by 3 routes, which are via Vaparai, Angamaly and Chalakudy, with the nearest railway station being Chalakudy, approx. 35km away.
One of the reasons that popularity is so high at these falls is that many movies have been shot here, Bollywood films have certainly brought fame here.
Monsoon season adds charm to these falls, joining several of the parallel streams to create an impressive display, although trekking to the falls in this time can become difficult. Swimming is possible in the stream at the bottom of the falls, but is not recommended during the rainy season.
When to visit
The falls can be visited all year round, although peak season is September to January. The falls are open between 8am-6pm.
Nature and wildlife lovers will not be disappointed here, with a vast array of butterflies, a variety of Western Ghats birds and monkeys. Many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna are found in the forests of the Athirapilly-Vazhachal area, you can really immerse yourself in the magic of the experience.
Wearing comfortable shoes is thoroughly recommended, as you will need to do some trekking to reach the falls. Plastic bags, liquor and smoking are strictly prohibited in the area.
Allow yourself half a day to a full day to get the most out of your visit and if at all possible catching the sunset at the falls is a truly magnificent sight