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Athirappilly Waterfalls

Athirappilly Waterfalls

Athirappilly, the enchanting falls in Kerala, are often referred to as the Niagara Falls of India. It is situated on the Chalakudy river, which originates in the upper reaches of the Western Ghats They come falling down from a height of 80 feet. This area is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species are seen.

The beauty of Athirappilly waterfalls have been used as a location for several Indian films

  • Balachander's Tamil movie, "Punnagai Mannan", starring Kamal Haasan, Revathy and Rekha
  • Mani Ratnam's Hindi movie "Dil Se",starring Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta
  • Mani Rathnam's "Raavan (Hindi version)/Raavanan (Tamil version)" starring Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Vikram, Prithviraj, Priyamani
  • Raj Kapoor's Hindi movie "Ram Teri Ganga Maili", starring Mandakini and Rajiv Kapoor
  • Mani Ratnam's "Guru", starring Aishwarya Rai
  • Tamil film "Iruvar", starring Mohanlal and Madhoo
  • Tamil film "Mudhalvan", starring Arjun and Manisha Koirala

and many other songs and scenes from the movies like "Vettaikaran", "Suryavamsam", "Peranmai", "Aai"

The beauty and fury of Athirappilly waterfalls are at the best during monsoon season when it attains 400 feet width and falls 80 feet. Kerala has two rainy seasons. The Southwest Monsoon that arrives in the begining of June or end of May is called 'Edavappathy'. The second is Northeast Monsoon starts in the mid October and is called 'Thulavarsham'.


The Vazhachal falls is a rushing watercourse in the Chalakkudy River. It is located approximately 3 km from Athirappilly. Vazhachal is popular for its flora and herbal plantations.

Charpa Falls

Charpa falls is located on the road to Vazhachal forest from Athirappilly Waterfalls which is a spectacular roadside waterfall during rainy season.

Water Theme Parks
Two water-theme parks the Dream World and Silver Storm are located near to this place.

Thumpurmuzhi Gardens:
Thumpurmuzhi is an ideal stopover with its well maintained garden, scenic surroundings and a classic waterfall.

The nearest airport:
Kochi International Airport - 55 Km

The nearest railway
Chalakudy Railway station - 33 Km

Distance from nearest cities

  • Thrissur - 65 km (via Chalakudy)
  • Chalakudy - 30 km
  • Valparai - 85 km (via Sholayar Dam)
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