Athirapilly is most commonly known as the land of rivers and forests, and it plays home to Kerala’s largest waterfall, Athirapally Falls, which is an impressive 80 foot tall!
I spent one full day exploring Athirapally Waterfalls and have put together this complete guide of all you need to know before you go!
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WHERE IS ATHIRAPALLY FALLS & HOW TO GET THERE
Athirapally Falls is located in Athirappilly Panchayat, Kerala.
Athirappilly Falls is 72kms North-East of Kochi and the journey time takes approximately two hours, depending on traffic.
There are two options of reaching Athirapally Water Falls:
#1 Local Bus:
Local buses operate daily from Kochi City to Chalakkudy and the cost is around 20-30 rupees. There are countless bus stations located around Kochi so it’s best to ask your accommodation where the nearest one is to you. These buses are not air-conditioned.
There are also daily buses leaving from Kochin Airport to Chalakkudy which are air-conditioned and the cost is between 80-100 rupees.
Once you reach Chalakkudy, Athirapally Falls is a further 45-minute drive. There is another bus that runs to Athirappilly from Chalakkudy that costs 20-30 rupees or alternatively you can take a tuk-tuk which will cost around 300-400 rupees.
If time is sensitive and budget is not an issue then I recommend you take a private taxi from Kochi directly to Athirappilly Falls which costs around 2000 rupees.
The taxis are air-conditioned and if you are traveling as a couple or a small group, sharing the cost of the taxi is the way to go.
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MAP OF ATHIRAPPILLY FALLS
WHAT TO EXPECT AT ATHIRAPALLY FALLS
Athirappilly Falls is often referred to as the Niagara Falls of India. This insanely beautiful waterfall is fed from the Chalakkudy River which originates from the upper reaches of the Western Ghats.
My friends and I arrived in Athirappilly at around 10am and checked-in to the Rainforest Resort, where we stayed for one night.
There are many resorts and hotels in this region but this particular resort in Athirappilly offers the best views of Athirappilly Falls and it also has a private walking trail directly down to the base of the falls. What more could you want?
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The trail down to Athirapally Waterfalls is a combination of steps and off-road terrain. The casual hike only takes five to ten minutes before you reach the Chalakkudy River and here you can cross the shallow stream which emerges at a wide-open clearing, just fifty meters away from the base of Athirapally Falls.
Golden hour at Athirapally Falls
ATHIRAPALLY WATERFALLS – CONTINUED
We spent the entire afternoon exploring and swimming around the shallow waters at Athirapally Falls as there are many different rock pools to discover.
After we spent some time here we wandered up the river’s edge to get to a closer vantage point at the base of the falls.
There is a roped-off area where you can admire the insane power of Ahtirappilly Falls and do be aware that it is forbidden to cross over the ropes to get directly beneath the flow of water as this could cause heavy injury or death. As tempting as it may be to get closer to the falls, please obey the rules in place.
Athirappilly Falls is surrounded by dense green rainforest and the curtain of silvery cascading water that thunders down the rockface is absolutely mesmerising.
These falls are one of the biggest attractions in Kerala, for both locals and international travelers.
Fun Fact: Many different Bollywood Films were shot here at Athirapally Falls which is one of the main reasons why this waterfall is so popular.
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Drone shot of Athirappilly Falls Kerala
BEST TIME TO VISIT ATHIRAPALLY FALLS
The best time to visit Athirapally Waterfalls is during the monsoon season which is from mid-June to October. During this time is when Athirappilly Falls shows off its true form as heavy water rages down the Chalakkudy River and covers the entire rock face.
My friends and I visited Athirapally Falls in April and although there wasn’t much water flow, the nature that surrounded us was still as beautiful as can be!
I believe we wouldn’t have been able to walk out into the middle of the river had it been during monsoon season, so we were lucky in that respect to be able to swim in the rock pools and enjoy the time we had there.
At the base of Athirapally Waterfalls
Sunset at Athirapally Falls
Reflections at Athirapally Falls
Athirappilly has dozens of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay near Athirapally Falls to suit budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Samroha Resort
Mid Range: Rainforest Resort
Budget: Clirind Resort
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• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii
• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2
• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black
• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm
• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L
• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m
• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod
• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome
• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank
• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB
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• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case
• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket
• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes
• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag
• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter
• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes
• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel
• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance
• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Athirapally Waterfalls, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!
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