Athirapally, in the state of Kerala, is nestled amidst the lush-green foothills of the Western Ghats, an important biodiversity hotspot. Located 70 km from Kochi and 50 km from Thrissur, Athirapally can be easily accessed via State Highway 21. Home to endangered species and pristine waterfalls, this village is a sight to behold. A coveted environmentalist’s paradise, the landscape of this village is a scenic combination of dense forests and serpentine streams. Four endangered species of the Hornbill can be found here, and the International Bird Association has declared Athirapally to be an important sanctuary for birds. Famous tourist landmarks in the village are undoubtedly Athirapally Falls, located 1000 ft above sea level, and Vazhachal Falls, located 5 km from Athirapally Falls.
● Jungle Safaris - The Athirapally Destination Management Council organizes jungle safaris from Chalakudy to Malakkapara, covering Athirapally along the way. These safaris take you through thick forests of the Western Ghats, dotted with lofty peaks and towering trees.
● Thumboormuzhi Butterfly Park - Although it isn’t in the village of Athirapally, this eco-attraction is well-worth visiting. Located about 20 km away in Thumboormuzhi, this sanctuary is home to over 148 species of butterflies.
● The Waterfalls - Athirapally Waterfalls and Vazhachal Waterfalls are the two popular tourist destinations in Athirapally. An entry ticket needs to be purchased before visiting either one of these waterfalls.
When To Visit:
The weather in Athirapally is tropical, as it is in the lower parts of the Western Ghats. If you want to experience the heavy flow of the waterfalls, the best time to visit would be during the monsoon season, between May and November. That’s when the river is full and fierce. However, if you want to trek and explore the surroundings, summer would be a good time to go, which is between March and May. The summer nights are mostly cool, but you’ll still have to bear the humidity.