Athirapally The Waterfall Destination
Located in the district of Thrissur is the tiny village of Athirapally, a land famous for its waterfalls and unique biodiversity. Environmentalists claim that the ecosystem of this place is one-of-its-kind and it is the only home to several species of endangered flora and fauna distinctive to this region. Situated on the edge of the Sholayar forest ranges, this place is a scenic wonder of forests and streams. Athirapally consists of three major waterfalls which are the Athirapally, Vazhachal and the lesser-known Charpa Falls.
The most famous of the three is the majestic Athirapally Falls. These falls are situated in the Chalakudy River which originates from the Anamudi Mountains of the Western Ghats. With a height of forty-two meters and width of over two hundred this is the largest waterfall in Kerala. The falling waters form beautiful segmented cascades as it gushes through the rocks and the backdrop of the lush green forest provides a scintillating view. Located to the west of Athirapally are two water theme-parks, Dream World and Silver Storm where the whole family can engage in fun activities. The unparalleled beauty of these falls have made it popular not only with visitors but among filmmakers too.
The Vazhachal waterfall located close to Athirapally is another charming fall on the edge of the Sholayar ranges. It is an ideal picnic spot and popular for its floral beauty and herbal plantations. It is also a part of the Chalakudy River and the cool, misty waters tumbling through the thick vegetation are indeed a sight to behold. Located between the Athirapally and Vazhachal falls is the Charpa Falls. It is a seasonal fall which roars into life during the monsoons and plunges into the nearby road, making it a breathtaking sight for the visitors.
Bethania Resort and Rain Forest Resort are some of the popular accommodation venues near the falls. The best time to visit these falls would be during the monsoons. Apart from the falls, there are numerous places of considerable interest to nature lovers and environmentalists in Athirapally which can be explored at your leisure.