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The area of the Athirapally waterfall usually experiences tropical weather conditions. The temperature remains mild for most of the year. Summers begin in March and continue till May. The minimum temperature of the region is 30°C while the maximum temperature can rise up to 36°C. The climate is generally warm and uncomfortable during summers but the lush greenery provides shades and invites fresh breeze.


The season of monsoon, lasting from the month of June to September, brings substantial amount of rainfall here. The North East Monsoon comes during the months of October and November. Many small waterfalls and streams can be seen during this season in the hills and the landscape will be reverberating with romantic lush greenery around. Winters, extending from December to February, are mild with a maximum temperature of 28°C. During winters, nights are cold with as low as 18 degree Celsius while days are warm but misty.

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The best time to visit Athirapally is from the month of September to February.

How To Reach

By Road:

Athirapally is well connected to some of the major cities in South India via road. Passing through NH-47, you can take a deviation to State Highway 21 from Chalakudy town to reach Athirappally. There are several bus services between Bangalore and Cochin, both private and government. Luxury Volvo bus services operate between the two cities.

By Air:

The airport closest to the region of Athirapally is the Kochi Airport, at a distance of 55 km away. International flights are available from the Kochi Airport. 

By Rail:

Athirapally has no train station. The railway junction closest to the region of Athirapally is the Chalakudy Railway Station, situated at a distance of only 31 km from the area. Chalakudy is connected with the rest of Kerala, but not a major railway head in the state. The two major railway stations of Thrissur and Kochi are located near Athirapally, at a distance of 66 km and 78 km respectively.


Athirapally is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the state of Kerala to enjoy a great holiday with nature in all it’s wilderness. Located on the fringes of the Sholayar forests of the Western Ghats, the place is famous due to its waterfalls, streams and vast expanses of dense forest land. Known as the Niagra of India, the waters from the Chalakudy River gushes with thunderous sounds here amidst huge rocky cliffs and lush green forests. The sheer beauty of the waterfalls and the picturesque surroundings here attracts thousands of tourists from different parts of the country.


Athirapally is nature lover’s paradise with several unspoilt experiences where one could completely get soaked in nature. is home to the Kadars, an ancient group of tribals in Kerala. The Kadars who live in the hilly forest areas are skilled in collecting honey, cardamom, sago, wax and ginger. The region is popular among adventure tourists too as it provides several opportunities for trekking and river rafting.


Athirappilly is reputed for its wide variety of flora and fauna, including a few endemic and endangered species. This is the only region in Indian where four different kinds of endangered Hornbills are visible. The International Bird Association has declared the region to be an “Important Bird Area” while the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation has stated that the area needs to be declared a national park or sanctuary to preserve the fragile ecosystem. According to the Wildlife Trust of India, Athirappally represents one of the best elephant conservation efforts in the country. Athirapally is said to be a one-of-its kind riparian ecosystem in the state of Kerala.


The region of Athirapally does not provide many opportunities for shopping. Textiles, ethic jewellery and forest produce like honey, wax etc are in great demand here. Athirappally is a great spot for adventure lovers. Trekking up and down from the origin and base of several waterfalls is a unique experience, but very risky as well.


The cuisine in Athirapally mainly consists of rice vegetarian curries or fish curry. The dates farm in the region produces juicy dates. Other types of South Indian dishes are also available in various eateries throughout the region for a reasonable price. Natural coconut water, tea and suda suda masala vadai are served near the falls.