Athirapally, Kerala

Athirappally Waterfalls is located 78kms from Kochi (Cochin), located at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges, this waterfall is a popular picnic spot. Affording to the onlookers, one of the most bewitching sights, Athirappally Falls is about 80 feet high and located in the forest area. Combined with the greenery, it infuses freshness into any tired soul.

The largest waterfall in Kerala, the Athirapally waterfall is an important tourist destination in Kerala. The Athirapally Falls join the Chalakkudy River after plummeting a drop of 80 feet. Originating as a sliver streak from the high ranges, and crashing through gorges lined with wild bushes and trees the waterfall gains strength and size as it thunders down at its final sojourn before it joins the rivers downstream. It is one of the best places in India to enjoy the serene charm of nature at its best.

The best time to explore the tourist attractions in Athirapally will be during the monsoon. An ideal spot to beat a retreat and to be in the lap of nature, Athirappally is easily accessible.

Athirappally is bestowed with the best spectacles that you could ask for. The huge shady trees and the water spray from the falls make the whole area cool and refreshing even on a hot sunny day. Close to the dense green tropical forests, the waterfalls offer ample opportunities to explore the diverse flora and fauna. It is home to many important species including the rare Forest Cane Turtle, the endangered Great Indian Hornbill, the Lion-Tailed Macaque, and the Nilgiri Langur. You can spot large families of monkeys and giant squirrels jumping across the trees that attract the attention of visitors and shutterbugs alike.

Those who are on an adventurous trip can get to the base of the waterfalls by trekking along the mountain slopes. Though it could be a strenuous trail, it will be well worth the effort, considering the amazing views of the landscape and the dramatic beauty of the waterfalls from a close range.  However, the falls can be dangerous. Special care should be taken while getting into the water, especially during monsoons as the slippery rocks and the strong undercurrents could pose risk.

Located at a distance of 55 km from the Cochin International airport, Athirapally waterfalls can be accessed by road (NH 47). As you take the deviation in Chalakudy the beautifully landscaped road to Athirapally beckons you. Enjoy the stunning views of Arecanut trees and palms along the ghat roads, gurgling streams, and the friendly locals going about their lives at a leisurely pace.

Thekkady enjoys a moderate climate all through the year. But the best time to visit is from September to March.

  • Winters (October to February) are the best months to visit Thekkady as the weather is cool, ideal for sightseeing. The temperature remains cool, barely falling below 15°C, and during this time various festivals are also held.
  • Summers (March to May) are not the best time especially the months of April and May for visits as the temperature can go up to 36°C, making it extremely difficult to come out of the hotel.
  • Monsoons (June to September) receives heavy rainfall. Since the area experiences unexpected landslides, tourists are advised to avoid visiting during the monsoon months.

March to May is hot but is ideal for spotting animals and exploring the wildlife of the place. It is better to avoid visiting in monsoon months as the rains may hinder you from carrying out tourist activities. October to February months is pleasing and soothing which makes it perfect for sightseeing, enjoying the lush greenery, and spotting migratory birds.