Athirapilly waterfalls
Athirapilly waterfalls are the heaven on earth

Athirappilly Waterfalls is located on the Chalakudy River in Athirappilly Panchayat, Chalakudy Taluk, Thrissur District, Kerala, India. It comes from the higher regions of the Western Ghats at the entry to the Sholayar mountains. Athirapilly waterfalls is the Kerala's largest waterfall, at 80 feet tall. It's only a short drive from Athirappilly to the Vazhachal falls, which are surrounded by deep green woods and home to numerous endangered and indigenous species of flora and animals.


Another waterfall adjacent to the road on the route from Athirappilly to Vazhachal Falls is known locally as "Charpa Falls." Athirappilly waterfall is Kerala's biggest waterfall.


The 145-kilometer-long (90-mile-long) Chalakudy River rises in the Western Ghats' Anaimalai mountains[2] and runs through the Vazhachal Forest into the Arabian Sea. The river flows peacefully at first, but gets increasingly tumultuous as it approaches Athirapilly. The water rushes past large boulders at Athirappilly Waterfalls, cascading down in three distinct plumes. The river below the falls is tumultuous for about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) until it reaches Kannamkuzhi. The river then calms and runs pleasantly until it reaches the Thumburmuzhi dam.


Tourism


View from the closest permissible point


During the wet season


 From below, a view of the Athirappilly waterfalls

The nearest railway station to Athirappilly Falls is Chalakudi Railway Station, which is 30 kilometres (19 miles) to the west, and the nearest airport is Kochi International Airport, which is 55 kilometres (34 miles) southwest of the waterfall and 58 kilometres (36 miles) south of the city of Thrissur.

[5] Athirappilly is easily accessible by taxi or bus from the Chalakkudy bus terminal. Athirappilly is located on the roads between Tamil Nadu and Kerala, within dense forest, therefore night riding is not recommended due to the possibility of encountering wildlife.


From Chalakudy to Malakkappara, daily forest safari expeditions are conducted by the Thrissur District Tourism Promotion Council in collaboration with the Athirappilly Destination Management Council.