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Athirapally Waterfalls, the Niagara of India on Chalakudy River, is one of the beautiful water falls in Kerala state, south India. Athirapally falls is situated in Thrissur District of Kerala and is called “The Niagara of India”.
Aathirapally Falls – Photo Credit – Sunil Kumar, Thalayolaparambu, Kerala.
Chalakudy river originates in Anamudi mountains, highest peak in south India, situated in Idukki district. Anamudi is part of the Western Ghats, which is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Athirapally falls, Water surges around massive rocks near the falls and then cascades down as three. The fall looks like Niagara falls.
Tourists can reach the top as well as the bottom of the Indian Niagara falls through the thick bamboo forests. Monsoon season, i.e. June to September, is the ideal time to visit the Niagara of India, Athirapally waterfalls. You can find more information on Kerala Tourism website
Another major waterfall on the same Chalakudy river, Vazhachal waterfalls, is at a distance of 5 kilometers away from Athirapally water falls.
How do I go to the Niagara of India, Athirapally
Athirapally, Indian Niagara falls, is well connected by road, train and air or even by ship. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport at 55 kilometers away. Chalakudi railway station on Palakkad – Ernakulam route is the nearest railway station at around 30 Kilometers away. Taxi and bus services are also available from Chalakudy. Cochin, the nearest shipyard, is around 55 kilometers away.
Indian Niagara falls in God’s Own Country, Kerala beacons you!
Is accommodation available near to Athirapally falls?
Staying facilities are available at nearby town of Chalakkudi (a small town), or at Trichur (nearby city), or at Ernakulam alias Kochi (the largest city in the state of Kerala).
‘Plantation Valley” is a farm resort situated 32 kilometers east of Chalakudy (near to Vazhachal falls also) from ‘The Plantation Corporation of Kerala Ltd’, a Plantation company established by the Government of Kerala. ‘Rainforest’ and ‘Riverok Villas’ are some of the Athirapally resorts near to the Athirapally falls in private sector.