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Kerala Tourism: The Astounding Athirapally Waterfalls

Updated on August 18, 2017
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Radhika is highly passionate of traveling and keen in observing things for penning them into a travel article.

Athirappalli waterfalls
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Kerala fall is another handicraft of God where white water gushes from the green rainforests. Foams and mists of water together leave a cinematic effect really on the onlooker’s eye. Athirapally fall is the largest waterfall in Kerala situated amidst the towering green foliage of Sholayar. The trekking to reach the top of the fall and to the bottom thereafter is a scintillating experience in the lap of Mother Nature. Athirapally waterfall fall down from a height of 80 feet with several silver parallel streams and join the Chalakkudi River. It is said that monsoon rains make this waterfall “Niagra” of India.

The Athirappally waterfall is situated in Chalakudy River, which originates in the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. This fall is the entrance to the rain forests of Sholayar that have many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna. Here four endangered Hornbill species have also been spotted.


Our Athirapally journey

The reminiscence of a one day picnic to this lovely spot is making me nostalgic. While I was staying in Kerala, my cousin brother planned a trip to Athirapally waterfalls and took us in his vehicle. I had never dreamt that I would visit such an exorbitant natural spot in my life. Green foliage and river streams welcomed us on the way that made me think about the artistic skill and imaginary power of God. What a wonderful place God has chosen to locate this waterfall!

First, we decided to visit Vazhachal falls that is about 5km ahead of Athirapally. As we were nearing Athirapally, the thunderous sound of waterfalls broke the silence and we got a small glimpse of the falls from the road. The view of the waterfall was so majestic that I started dreaming what a feast this bountiful fall would give when I reach near it. After crossing Athirapally, we sighted a small waterfall named Charpa. We alighted there and spent some time watching it. What was special about Charpa fall was that thick white water was flowing downstream covering the entire rocks that could be watched very closely.


Charpa falls
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Vazhachal falls

Vazhachal fall is not steep like Athirapally. Silver cascades are formed when waters out pour in a rather low sloped rocky surface. Tourists are alerted to beware of the slippery rocks as part of safety measures. This natural shower Vazhachal waterfall allure water lovers to wet themselves, but the hidden danger in it has made several lives to rest in its depths forever. I enjoyed its beauty sitting on the branch of a tree that lay down on one side of this rushing waterfall.


Vazhachal falls
Vazhachal falls | Source

Athirapally trail and spot

We returned to Athirapally from there and halted the vehicle on the parking. The narrow trail to the top of the waterfall was really mysterious because of the darkness spread over from the shade of the trees planted on either side. As we were nearing it, the thunderous sound of the waterfall was clearly audible that aroused my curiosity. To my surprise, the trail stopped in front of a vast rocky bed from where out pour of water could be explored most. Water from the pool a little ahead from this bed gushing out in several streams to a depth of 80 feet was indeed a spectacular show off. Walking a little ahead of the rocks took us to this river pool that acted like a fringe of the Sholayar Rainforests. We sat on the rocks hearing the nature’s songs sung by the green forests and exotic birds, looking at the mists coming from the mountains and at the roaring waterfalls. God has been generous in crafting such a scenery that is loved by many film directors who visit this place again and again for shooting their movies.


Athirappalli waterfalls
Athirappalli waterfalls | Source

What is special about Athirappally?

We didn’t trek down to the bottom of the waterfall as we are not that brave. But I’m pretty sure that nature would be in its full might under the bottom of the Athirapally Waterfalls. Kerala holidays would not be complete without enjoying the breathtaking view of this vista. Rainforest Resort of Athirapally can provide the best luxurious stay for tourists who want to spend a day or two in this nature’s bounty.

To wake up seeing the white water river over rocky beds………….

To wake up hearing the rumbling of waterfalls and the tweets of exotic birds………….

To wake up seeing the wide milky waterfalls inscribed in the green rainforests……………

Which place can offer you all these in a single spot other than Athirapally? This dazzling, hanging waterfall of Athirappally would remain a stellar view in your minds over the lifetime.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Dear prasadjain sir,

      Thanks for endorsing this hub. During monsoon, the parallel streams become more and thicker coming from the pool. The entire width of the steep rock becomes covered when they fall and this vista is what makes people call it "Niagra of India". Otherwise, geographic details of it can't be compared to that of Niagra. I wanted to post one such image also, but didn't get one legally.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 4 years ago from Tumkur

      A beautiful hub indeed. Very fine photographs and video clipping. I have visited this falls with my students and can endorse the correctness about the beauty of this waterfall. But calling it 'Niagara of India' sounds much excessive for me. while Niagara has a fine half-moon shape and 300 ft height, this neither has such a good curved shape nor that much height. But this is really a worth seeing place for those who visit Kerala as tourists.It could well enjoyed during Mansoon, as said in this hub.Congrats.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Bake Like a Pro for the kind words. Internet has brought the world into our homes with its supreme power. Hats off to human brain!

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      Wow such an amazing water fall. I love your article with all the beautiful photos and the video. There are so many beautiful places in the world that we would never get to see in person but thanks to internet we can all get to see what they look like.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thank you Jaspals for making such an engaging comment. Glad that you enjoyed it.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Dear Rajan sir,

      I'm pleased to hear such inspiring words about these hubs. Welcome to Kerala.

      Thanks for giving such a wonderful comment, for voting this up and for sharing it.

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      Jaspal Singh 4 years ago from India / Australia

      I really enjoyed reading this hub on Athirapally waterfall. It's certainly amazing beauty of nature. Your way to describe made it more better. Voted up.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The Athirapally waterfalls are majestic. The more I read these hubs the more I feel inclined to visit Kerala and see the natural beauty.

      Thanks for some beautiful photos and a wonderful write up. ]

      Voted up and beautiful. Shared.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Jinil.

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      Jinil James 4 years ago from India

      Happy to see a Malayali Here... Njoy Hubbing...

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      I'll read your hub as well, Vishnu. Thank you.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi vishnujoshi001,

      Thanks for making such a nice comment.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi lex123,

      Thanks for visiting my hub and it's nice to hear that the place had a refresh in your memories. Take care.

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      lex123 4 years ago

      Radhika, your hub brought back the memories of my visit to this beautiful place. Thanks for writing about this memorable place.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Yes, Jinil, I'm a Malayalee!

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      Jinil James 4 years ago from India

      Are u a Malayali???

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi always exploring,

      Nice to hear from you again. This falls would enchant you with its silver gleams when you visit it. Thanks for making such a beautiful comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh how i would love to see the beautiful falls in person. Thank you for sharing with us. Beautiful pictures!!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi Prasetio,

      My native place is very beautiful because it's situated in the extreme South of India. Visit Kerala and enjoy Mother nature........

      Thanks for the vote and for the comment.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi Cyndi10,

      Make it to Kerala and you'll ever remember the place over your lifetime. Even if my native place is Kerala, I didn't have the fortune to visit most of its charms. Kerala is really "God's own country!" Thanks for your valuable comment, it is really special for me.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub and I really love reading this hub. My friend, you have posted beautiful waterfalls. I have never heard about this before. The photos you included are the best. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      How nice to learn about Kerala and the falls. The visuals you chose really highlight the beauty of the falls and the surrounding countryside. To be honest, I don't remember ever hearing about Kerala, so this was an education for me. Thanks for providing this little tour.