Athirapally Falls in Kerala : The Niagara Falls of India

Athirapally Falls in Kerala
Magnificent and Magical - Athirapally Falls of Kerala
Athirapally Falls in Kerala
Magnificent and Magical – Athirapally Falls of Kerala

Location: Athirapally, Thrissur, Kerala

The splendorous, 80-feet high and 330-feet wide, Athirapally falls in Kerala have rightfully earned the title of being the Niagara Falls of India. Located near the Chalakudy River and Sholayar Ranges, Athirapally waterfalls have been luring its visitors.

The overall experience of traveling to these falls is enthralling. Adorned with palms and coconut trees, you will never get tired of the beauty of greens in Kerala while driving on the roads to Athirapally falls. There is also a trek of 2 kilometers to reach the falls. And once you are there, you actually get the answer to what made Mani Ratnam (a famous Bollywood film director) choose this place as a shooting spot for movies like Dil Se (the song “Jiya Jale” was shot here) and Guru (Aishwarya danced here for “Barso Re Megha“)! The roaring sounds of these falls, mist over the rushing water and the natural beauty all around will surely steal your heart away.

Athirapally Falls are magnificent and magical. Complete your Kerala holiday by experiencing this place. You will also get some decent resorts nearby. Monsoons add to the charm of these falls. However, trekking up there during that season can be risky. You would also find some local fishermen catching fish and even kids diving into the river water though swimming is not recommended during the rainy season.

The overall experience is even difficult to narrate, just go there and feel the magic of Athirapally!

Quick tips:

  • Wear a comfortable pair of sport shoes as you’ll need to trek.
  • The aged would find it really difficult to traverse.
  • Though the views are best in the monsoons, but as trekking then gets difficult, it is best to go there in summers and springs.
  • Plastic bags, liquor and smoking are strictly prohibited in the area.
  • If time permits, capture the sunset views of Athirapally falls.

Nearest Airport: Kochi Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Chalakudi Railway Station

Entry Charges: Rs 15 per head (adults)


Ticket issue: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Visiting time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Charpa Waterfalls
  • Vazachal Waterfalls
  • Sholayar Dam
  • Anakayam and Malakkapara Eco-Tourism areas


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