Athirappally Waterfalls

Athirappally Waterfalls

The 24 meter Athirappally Waterfalls AKA Athirappilly Waterfalls is a 365 days hangout for both tourists and travellers. Located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division and the Sholayar Ranges. The nearby Vazhachal waterfalls is a popular spot for Nature lovers.

The 145 kilometer long Chalakudy River originates in the Anamudi mountains of the Western Ghats.The river initially runs smoothly but becomes more turbulent as it nears Athirappally. The water surges around big rocks and cascades down in three separate plumes. Below the falls, the river remains turbulent for about 1 kilometer until it reaches Kannamkuzhi and Thumburmuzhi butterfly garden.

Travelling further, you can reach Peringalkkuth dam, which is famous for speed boating. The dam is situated in deep forest and special permission is needed to visit the dam. This is enroute Malakkappara in Kerala border and Valppara in the neighbouring state, these places are famous for tea estates, wild life and traditional villages.

Athirappally waterfalls. A distant view.

Athirappally forest range, as per The Wildlife Trust of India, represents one of India’s best elephant conservation efforts. “Any disruption to this fragile ecosystem will spell disaster,” says V.S. Vijayan, Chairman of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board and former Director of the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History. The river provides habitat for 85 species of fresh water fishes. Among these, 35 are endemic species.

Forest wildlife in the area includes the Asiatic elephant, tiger, leopard, bison, sambar, and lion-tailed macaque. The unique 180 meters elevation riparian forest in the Athirappilly-Vazhachal area is the only location where all four South Indian species of hornbills — the great hornbill (the state bird of Kerala), Malabar pied hornbill, Malabar grey hornbill, and the Indian grey hornbill are found. Plantations in the area contain teak, bamboo, and eucalyptus. Environmentalists claim that Athirappilly is a one-of its-kind riparian ecosystem in Kerala.

The nearest local railway station, Chalakkudy 30 kilometres to the west and the nearest airport, Kochi International Airport. Distance chart from famous locations and airports.

Athirappally Waterfalls after rain

Other interesting destinations near the falls are Abhayaranyam Elephant Habitat, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Malakkappara and Valppara tea estates, Sholayar Dam and Thumpoormuzhy Butterfly Garden.

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