At a distance of 7 Kms from Athirapally, Vazhachal Waterfalls is another beautiful falls. Unlike Athirapally Waterfalls, Vazhachal flows through a slope of more than 300 feet to descend into huge pool. It is very difficult and dangerous to step into the flow or to reach the bottom of the falls. It is advisable to limit your Vazhachal trip to enjoying the vistas the falls offer. There is another seasonal waterfall, Chapra Falls, on the way to Vazhachal
The beautiful Athirapally water falls, the largest waterfall in Kerala, is located on the way from Valparai to Chalakkudi. The entrance to the falls is steep and is a 2 km trek to reach the Athirapally falls. As you walk higher and higher, the forest area gets denser. During monsoon, the trek turns slippery however the ideal time to visit Athirapally is during the monsoon. Swimming here is not recommended
Athirappally waterfalls is located at the entrance to Sholayar ranges. Athirappally waterfalls is a popular picnic spot in Thrissur district. Athirappally Falls plunges down from a height of about 80 feet high on the Chalakudy river. Another popular waterfall Vazhachal Falls is located very close to Athirapally waterfalls. A police camp is always positioned here for the safety of the tourists.
Athirapally has been a favourite with film directors for its locations. Mani Ratnam's Raavan, Dil Se, Guru and Iruvar has been shot here. Bachchan jr made the much-talked about jump into the river in the movie Raavan here.
Entry Chargesat Athirapally waterfalls is Rs 15 per head (adults) and tickets are issued between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and you can visit the falls between 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Vazhachal Forest Range
The Athirapally & Vazhachal Forest Ranges is a natural habitat of species like the great hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill, Malabar grey hornbill, Indian grey hornbill, Asiatic elephant, tiger, leopard, bison, sambar and lion-tailed macaque.