Friday, May 21, 2010

Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls - An Indian Niagara

The waterfall attraction is a recurring motif in Athirappilly, echoing with the pulse of nature, creating those soothing sounds in the state's most relaxing and rejuvenating place, east of Chalakudy River in Trichur District of Kerala.
It is located at 90km NE of Kochi. One can fly up to Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery, 55 km from Athirappally, and then drive on NH 47 till Chalakudy Junction and turn right onto the Athirappally road. Athirappilly is easily reachable from Chalakudy by taking a vehicle for rent or by bus from the Chalakudy private bus terminal. Nearest railway station is
Thrissur, about 63 km which comes before Kochi from north side.
One can visit the waterfalls only between 8 am and 6 pm. Consumption of alcohol, smoking and swimming is strictly prohibited. These are plastic free zones and tourists’ should not engage themselves in giving food to animals. Try to chalk out a holiday in September, just after the monsoons. The waterfalls will be in full force then. Till February is a good time to visit.
Tourists can also pick up packets of wild honey, sold at the road side stalls off the road to Athirappally Falls. Around the falls, you will find vendors selling bamboo wall hangings and hats. Buy a few of these handmade articles for your near and dear ones, en route to the old Indian belief that one should not return empty handed from a waterfall. Don't forget to visit the Moolika Vanitha Swasraya Samithi, next to the Vazhachal waterfalls and you can get exquisite samples of herbs, honey and herbal soaps at an economical price.
Athirappilly Falls is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Another popular waterfall to visit is the Vazhachal Falls. Athirappilly Falls is a part of Chalakudy River and it is approximately 80 feet in height.

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