7 Things That Make Athirapally Waterfalls, Kerala, A Delight To Every Traveler
Who doesn’t fancy a trip to Kerala? After all it is dubbed as ‘God’s own country’ not for nothing right? Imagine having a fabulous holiday at Kerala where you get to see backwaters, beaches, forests, palm groves and everything that’s a staple in a tour to Kerala while you also get to witness a gorgeous waterfall in all its glory. Well now you surely think that’s incredulous right. Not really.
The Athirapally Waterfalls, Kerala, is a treat to the eyes for those who crave the fusion of a mountainous terrain and a beach with frolicking waves. The waterfall, which marks the entrance to the Sholayar Ranges, is a perfect example of nature in its pure and pristine self. The waterfall is situated near two important rives, namely the River Barathapuzah and River Chalakudy. The waterfall combined with the rivers forms a breathtaking tour that will not let you blink for a second, lest you miss any of it.
When and how to go
The monsoons present the most exquisite views from the falls. If you are a seasoned trekker, go during the monsoons and get amazed. But the monsoons make the trip to the falls hazardous and difficult. So for people who are just tourists and not expert climbers, the best time to visit the falls is from September to January. This is the best time to enjoy the view with limited risks.
The Athirapally Waterfalls are situated about 76 km from the city of Kochin. It is easily accessible via road. There are three major options for one to take while going to the falls. They are Chalagudi, Valparai and Angamaly. All these three roads lead to the Athirapally Falls. So even before you reach the falls you would be having fun doing an impromptu MCQ about which road to choose!
Some little known facts
We have the local communities to thank for the existence of the waterfalls today. Time and again they have risen up to the mark to fight for the falls and the lush green forests all around and protected them. There have been times when hydel projects were being sanctioned in the region which, if implemented, would have completely cut off the source of the falls, leading to the decimation of a true wonder of nature. Thankfully the locals fought tooth and nail and reversed the decision of the government, thus helping preserve the perfect falls intact with all its forest cover.
Remember Aishwariya Rai dancing in the rains to the famous song ‘Barso re megha megha’? Or maybe do you remember the song ‘Behne de’ from Raavan where much of the first few shots are dominated by the mesmerizing falls in the background? You see where this is going right? Yes! Both of the songs are shot against the backdrop of the Athirapally falls. But you know the even crazier thing about this place? It looks a thousand times better in real life than it does in the movies. So if you loved it in the movies, you do realize how you would feel about it in real life right? Well, you don’t have to guess, you could go there and see for yourself.
7 Amazing reasons why Athirapally Falls should be high on your bucket list
- Vazhachal Waterfalls
- Sholayar Dam Backwaters
- Edamalayar Dam
1. Vazhachal Waterfalls
This serene and calm waterfall is situated a bit away from the Athirapally falls, a bit more off the beaten track. This waterfall is actually situated downstream to the Athirapally Falls and is situated at a distance of 7km from it. Unlike the Athirapally Falls, this waterfall is situated at an inclined slope, leading to a huge pool after a 300 ft. descent which makes getting into the falls extremely dangerous. But the calm and vibrant scenery all around the falls more than makes up for it as the ethereal beauty of nature can be experienced first-hand here.
2. Sholayar Dam Backwaters
Just when you think that mountains are amazing, they have waterfalls and beaches are overrated stretches of sand with just water for view, you get face to face with the Backwaters. Situated 31 km from Athirapally and on the Athirapally-Valparai Road, this dam is majestic to look at. Being the second largest rock dam in Asia, it measures about 20 km in length and offers a mercurial view of the restless and endless waves to fill your heart with joy.
The name is a combination of Tiru-Shiva-Peru which roughly translates to ‘The big town of Lord Shiva’. The city is a huge pilgrimage point for Hindus. The ambience of the city is going to make one feel genuinely calm and peaceful. If you want calm and serenity and a peaceful vacation this is your ideal destination.
This quaint hamlet is situated on the Annamalai Hill Range at a height of 3500 ft. above the sea level. The panoramic view of the landscape all around which is dotted with rainforests and sea beaches, makes it a perfect destination for anybody. This is one of the best thing to explore near the falls.
The port city for the Ernakulam district of Kerala is known for its amazing beaches and picturesque palm trees. It also has a backwater which is amazing to look at. Boating on the backwaters is one of the most sought after activities of this region.
The hill station of Munnar is a postcard perfect hamlet which is also a popular honeymoon destination for anybody who loves mountains. The reinvigorating ambience of the hill station is the primary reason for tourists flocking there in hordes.
7. Edamalayar Dam
This dam is one of the most important reservoirs of Kerala. Aside from being a primary reservoir, this also offers one of the best views across the entire state. The beautiful scenery is the major attraction of the dam.
Go and enjoy God’s own Country
Feeling frustrated? Don’t feel happy anymore? The solution is really simple; go and spend a weekend at Athirapally Waterfalls, Kerala. The beautiful scenery combined with mesmerizing waterfalls will create the perfect vacation for you and perk you up again!
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