November 29, 2010

Athirapilly- Fall of the White Water...!!


My last visit to Athirapilly waterfalls was more than 20 years ago and my memories of the famous waterfalls were faint. Off late the urge to visit them have been on the rise and to fulfill it we started our drive from Cochin to Athirapilly on a lovely bright morning. After taking the deviation at Chalakkudi, lovely winding roads took us through a lot of greenery to one of the hotspots of Kerala. Enroute we passed numerous plantations and small creeks before reaching the waterfalls. A long queue of kiosks, which sold various items awaited us at the parking area. The falls is located amidst the thick sholayar forests near tamil nadu border.



A small walk of 100 odd steps took us to the top of the waterfalls. The majestic falls have been formed as a result of the free flowing Chalakkudi river tumbling down over a few rocks. The view from the top is of the river flowing and then plunging down 80feet to form the magnificient Athirapilly waterfalls. The force with which the water gushes down the rocks is tremendous and it looks milky white in colour.




To have a better and clearer view of the falls, there are steps from the top which takes you down to the base. Even though the steps have not been well carved out, it is worth trekking all the way down to gaze at the mighty falls crashing on to the rocks below. The chances of getting wet are very high even if you are nowhere near the falls as the white water sprays travel quite a distance. Tourists are not allowed to go near the base of the falls for safety reasons. Just sitting on the rocks and staring at the water falling at amazing velocity is a sight which will remain etched in your memories forever.



 Being a hot and humid day, the climb up was quite strenous. With monkeys for company and numerous thirst quenching options available, a memorable trip came to an end with some photoshoots. 5km ahead of Athirapilly lies another famous waterfalls known as Vazhachal. Though not as attractive as Athirapilly, Vazhachal is beautiful and has numerous tourists visiting it everyday.


Athirapilly waterfalls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country and a visit to the same is worth  every single penny. A visit during the monsoons would surely be a visual treat.

 Signing Note: Get yourself sprayed to a mindblowing experience.


Route: Cochin- Chalakkudi- Athirapilly
Distance: 82 kms


32 comments:

  1. first question:
    how u embed photos in between ur write-up?
    It looks a bold attempt...n u seems to be travel blogger....
    do read my blogs too when u have time...
    http://fallingmarkets.blogspot.com

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  2. you have the option of inserting picture on the tool bar. Just click on it and keep adding photos.

    Yup, my blog is about my travels. Shall definitely go through your blogs.
    Keep dropping in.

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  3. The photographs are really good.

    Would definitely love to visit all the places you visit.

    I've started blogging about my travels also. Check out http://preetisjourney.blogspot.com

    Would be putting up more.

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  4. Thanks Preeti.. Do visit as many as you can. I shall definitely go through your blog.

    Keep dropping in.

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  5. Agree, Truly Amazing place.. and the description as good as watching it,live...
    Good Job !! Look forward to see more ..

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  6. Hey... hello! Good Blog... I too have 2 blogs in here for a while now... and guess what, we have both chosen the same template! Hahahah! Keep blogging... all the best...

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  7. hey seema...thank you...send me the links to your blog...keep dropping in. tc.

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  8. just follow the link through my comment...

    seemudiaries.blogspot.com
    seemudoodles.blogspot.com

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  9. wow,, the first pic is really cool!
    seems like a nice place. if its close to cochin, maybe i ll plan it soon as well.

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  10. thanks sneha...its a lovely place near cochin. When you are travelling from bangalore it comes before cochin. plan your trip soon. tc.

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  11. angz...ur blogs have been drastically improving post by post...truly enjoyable experience reading it and insprires us to go to all the places that you have been to !! Keep posting

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  12. thanks a ton pengz...i feel i missed out on satkosia...keep dropping in.

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  13. Just seen Athirapilly when I was enjoying my Vazhachal Forest trip!!! Yet to go on a pure Athirapilly trip!!! Nice to know you enjoyed there!!! :)
    Nomads of Chennai

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  14. Hey Niranjan,

    We have updated our home page with Photo and description of your trip to Athirappilly.

    The photo and contents are taken from your blog and a link to the blog have been provided at the end.

    Thanks a lot of visiting Bangalore Trips

    By,
    " Stop littering and save environment "
    BangaloreTrips team.

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  15. @ Busha.. for me its the other way round..am yet to go on a pure Vazhachal trip..

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  16. Now we know why its called god's own country...lovely waterfalls

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  17. Really spectacular shots..! wish I would visit it soon..

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  18. Beautiful and breath taking pictures..awesome.

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  19. Spectacular takes and I can connect with these falls very well as I am fro Kochi!

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