The perfect picnic spot to make your visit exotic and adventurous!! This 80ft high waterfall, for sure will be a breathtaking view for you. Amidst in the center of forest, the waterfall is near to Sholayar forest ranges which makes the entire view picture perfect and are part of the Chalakudy river stream.
The Athirappilly Falls is situated on the Chalakudy river, which originates in the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. Many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna are found in the forests of the Athirappilly-Vazhachal area. This is a place renowned as shooting spot and it is also called as Punnagai Mannan Falls, where the Tamils movie's suicide scene was shot. This area is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species are seen. The Western Ghats is one of the most important biodiversity hot spot in the world. The International Bird Association has declared it an "Important Bird Area" and the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation has recommended that the area should be declared a sanctuary or a national park. The riparian forests of the area have been found to be characterized by the presence of typical riparian species of plants, in addition to evergreen and semi-evergreen species. Out of the 319 species of flowering plants identified from the study area, 24 are endemic species of the Western Ghats and 10 are rare and endangered.
Moreover, the Chalakudy River is known for its diversity, as it contains 85 species of fresh water fishes out of the 152 species known from Kerala. Among these, 35 are endemic species of the Western Ghats and nine are considered to be endangered.
You can enjoy a magnificent view of this natural waterfall when you walk through the rock pathway that starts from the main entrance.
And for the adventurous loving people, you can have a fabulous view of the slippery waterfall from the bottom if you reach there by trekking through the slippery mountain trails. You can also enjoy the warmth of the water that will sprinkle all over you.
However, it will always be better if you play safe with the mountains during monsoons. The mountains will be more slippery due to the presence of huge rocks, changing currents and increase in water level.
The ideal time to visit Athirapally-vazhachal waterfall is from July to September.