DISCOVER ATHIRAPALLY FALLS IN KERALA!
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 for 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.
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 mesmerizing.
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, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations near Athirapally Falls below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Samroha Resort
Mid Range: Rainforest Resort
Budget: Clirind Resort
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MORE KERALA TRAVEL GUIDES
- Jadayu Para: Jadayu Para – World’s Largest Bird Statue
- Kerala Backwaters: Kerala Backwaters Tour
- Kochi: Best Things To Do In Kochi
- Munnar: Trekking In Munnar
- Periyar: Periyar National Park Safari
- Athirappilly: Athirappilly Falls
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WHAT TO PACK FOR ATHIRAPALLY FALLS
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF ATHIRAPPILLY FALLS
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