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Destination Theme
Best Suited For
Families, Tourists and Travellers.
Recommended Duration
Two to Three days.

Quick Info

Athirappilly is a small village in the Thrissur district of Kerala. It offers a picturesque and lovely blend of little streams and forests. The waterfalls in Athirappilly fall from a height of 80 feet. The Athirappilly waterfalls are one of the largest waterfalls in the state. The nearest airport to Athirappilly is Cochin International Airport which is 55 kilometres away.

Rankings & Ratings

The place is home to magnificent waterfalls along with having an awesome environment throughout.

Editor's Rankings

#10 in 33 Destinations in & around Kerala
#1 in 4 Waterfalls in & around Kerala

Editor's Review

Athirapally has extremely scenic views of forest and streams. But the highlight of Athirapally is its majestic waterfalls. The adventurous Jeep safari and trekking activities keep the tourists hooked. But tourists need to be very careful when they are close to waterfalls.


  • The waterfalls provide an awesome view.
  • Scenic location with forests and streams.
  • Trekking through the forests is adventurous.
  • The waterfalls look great in rainy season.


  • The options for food are not many or great.
  • The place is not very neat and clean.
  • Going too close to the waterfalls can prove to be extremely dangerous. 

Itinerary Tips

  • Visit during the monsoon season since the waterfalls look best at this time.
     Try to take one day jungle safari trips to get a good look of the entire place.
  • You can also visit the Vazhachal falls which are nearby.
    Trekking trips in the forests of Athirappilly is also a must-try for adventurous people.
  • For trekking, make sure you wear comfortable and safe shoes.
  • The water flows from a great height at high speed. Be very careful and try not to go too close.

Detailed Info

Athirappilly is a small village panchayat at the ingress of the Sholayar ranges of the Western Ghats, in the Thrissur district of Kerala. It is famous for its majestic waterfalls which are part of the Chalakudy River. Situated among the forest area, these waterfalls are one of the largest in the state falling from a height of 80 feet. The waterfalls are nicknamed "The Niagara Falls of India". The forests in Athirappilly are home to many endangered birds.  

The tourists like the Jungle Safari trips that cover Athirappilly along with other prominent near-by locations. The sublime waterfalls located perfectly amidst the lush green forest are bound to lure you. If you're an adventurous person, there are adventure trips and treks available for you. Among the other tourist attractions in and around Athirappilly are Vazhachal Falls, Charpa Falls, Thumpurmuzhi Gardens and Oil Palm Plantation. 


Athirappilly is 80 metres (262 ft) above mean sea level.


The weather is pleasant during the rainy and winter season, but gets quite warm in the summer.

Best Time to Visit?

During the rainy season between June and October since the waterfalls look more majestic at this time.

How to Get There?

By Air

The nearest airport to Athirapilly is Cochin International Airport at a distance of 55 kilometres. The airport is well-connected to major cities in India and abroad. From the airport, you can hire a taxi to reach Athirappilly.

By Train

The Chalakudy Railway Station is 30 kilometres away from Athirappilly while the Thrissur Railway station is 55 kilometres away. Thrissur is better connected to most cities in Kerala and major cities in South and West India. From the station, you can take a taxi to reach Athirappilly.

By Road

 Athirappilly has a bus station of its own. The bus station is well-connected to Chalakudy and Thrissur Bus stations which are accessible easily from other major cities. 


Local Cuisines

Vegetarian meals with traditional Kerala food varieties and fish curry.