Athirapally Waterfalls is around 75 kilometers from Kochi. This is one of the best waterfalls in India and one of the most famous tourist places in Kerala. Athirapally has now become one of the popular weekend getaways from Kochi, Coimbatore & Munnar. At Athirapally water falls from a height of more than 80 feet through several parallel streams. In monsoon, the water flow gets strength and all the streams join together and appear like Niagara Falls. The real beauty comes alive just after Monsson so if you visit this place in September – November you can experience mesmerizing beauty.
I visited Athirapally waterfalls in November with my wife. We started our journey from Mumbai. We got down to Ernakulam railway station in the evening and then with our pre-booked cab started our journey to Athirapally. Though the distance is around 65 kilometers from the railway station, it took around 3 hours for us to reach our resort due to road conditions at that time. I hope that must have improved now. We stayed at Bethania Resort. After having the delicious meal, we decided to take rest to prepare our self for the morning visit to Athirapally Waterfalls.
After having our breakfast (Upma, idli and wada) we left the hotel for Athirapally waterfall. The road from our hotel to Athirapally Waterfall was surrounded by lush greenery.
After reaching the entrance, it took us 10 minutes walk to reach the waterfall. From the entrance, you will actually land on top of the waterfall, from where you can witness scenic beauty of the Sholayar hills and a unique view of the waterfall. People were enjoying the water stream. We were trying to figure out how to get to the bottom of the waterfall. Finally, we found the way and after trekking down for around 15 – 20 minutes we were right in front of Waterfall. We sat there for around 30 minutes just watching the waterfall and listening to the sound of the waterfall. The feeling was awesome.
After capturing the memories in heart and camera we headed towards our next destination Vazhachal Waterfalls, as we had to reach Munnar on the same day after sightseeing.
How to reach Athirapally Waterfalls
Athirapally is easily accessible from all the parts of Kerala through all possible transport options. The closest airport is Kochi, the closest Railway station is Chalakudy, which is around 32 kilometers from Athirapally.
BY AIR: The nearest airport is Kochi International airport. Athirapally Waterfalls is around. Tourists can take a taxi or bus from Kochi to reach the destination.
BY RAIL: The nearest railway station to Athirapally is Chalakudy, which is approximately 28 km from Athirapally Waterfalls. From Chalakudy, it generally takes around 45 – 50 minutes to reach here.
BY ROAD: Athirapally is well-connected with other cities of Kerala by road. It is around 75 km away from Kochi.You can take a bus both private and government to reach this place, which is connected through Chalakuddy highway, also called SH-2. You can also hire taxies or drive your own vehicle to this place.
Distance from major cities and destinations:
Chalakudy to Athirapally Waterfalls: Around 32 Kilometers
Kochi to Athirapally Waterfalls: Around 32 Kilometers
Thrissur to Athirapally Waterfalls: Around 60 Kilometers
Munnar to Athirapally Waterfalls: Around 100 Kilometers
Kottayam to Athirapally Waterfalls: Around 122 Kilometers
Kozhikode to Athirapally Waterfalls: Around 170 Kilometers
Take water bottle with you
Do Not feed Monkeys or other animals
Carry umbrella (depending on weather)
Do Not Swim
Be careful when you are visiting during monsoon as trekking down and up to the bottom of waterfall becomes risky.
Where to stay near Athirapally Waterfalls
There are few good resorts near Athirapally waterfalls. I personally stayed at Bethania Resort. It was small resort good to stay overnight. Below are some other options available:
Kandamkulathy Ayursoukhyam Ayurvedic Resort
Athirapally Green Trees
People here can speak Malayalam, Hindi & English.
Best time to visit
Best time to visit Athirapally waterfalls is after monsoon from September to January.
Other Attractions near Athirapally Waterfalls
Vazhachal Waterfalls – around 3 KM from Athirappilly Falls.
Charpa Waterfalls – around 2.5 KM from Athirappilly Falls.
Thumboormuzhi Dam and Garden – around 12.5 KM from Athirappilly Falls.
Sholayar Dam – around 31 KM from Athirappilly waterfalls
Munnar – around 120 Km from Athirappilly waterfalls
Below are some photographs that we have taken at Athirapally Waterfalls during our visit.