Waterfalls in Thrissur: Kerala

Waterfalls in Thrissur: Kerala

Thrissur is one the mightiest falls in India itself. Located at the southeastern part of the district, Athirapally – Vazhachal attract a fair amount of tourism crowd, from all over Kerala and even beyond.  It is the third-largest urban agglomeration in Kerala after kochi and the 20th largest in India.  Thrissur is also known as the “cultural capital of Kerala” because of its cultural, spiritual and religious leanings throughout history.


Thrissur was once the capital of the ‘Kingdom of Cochin’. It is located 268 kilometres towards the north-west of the state capital city Trivandrum. One of the main cultural events in Thrissur is the ‘Thrissur Pooram’, which attracts quite a number of tourists and travellers.


Marottichal is a greenish location just about 15 km from Thrissur town. Inside the forest, there are a few waterfalls including Olakkayam and Ilanjippara. Not a lot of people know about them, even in Thrissur. Currently, they are visited only by groups of youngsters, who also have adventure trek in mind.


Marottichal Waterfall

This small village on the fringe of Peechi forest can be reached by bus or car. The waterfalls are inside the forest.

This is a location where you should go in groups and with guides who know the landscape. There is a chance of elephant encounter as you will be walking by the side of streams where they occasionally visit to drink water. There are no clear paths and the trails that do exist are confusing.

Marottichal waterfall is dry at Summer (March-May). June and July are not the best time because of the heavy rains. The best time to visit is between September and February.


Athirapally Waterfall

Created by scenic hills and bubble water. Athirapally, the well-known highlight is a voluminous fall that never dries up.

Athirapally is about 60 km from Thrissur town. Take the highway to Cochin (NH 47) and turn left from either Petta or Chalakkudy.

The distance from Chalakudy to Athirapally is about 32 km.

Vazhachal Waterfall

After visiting a waterfall there is reason to wonder why to visit another one straight away. You may have similar thoughts while visiting Athirapally because Vazhachal waterfall is just 5 km away.

There are reasons why not to miss Vazhachal. The location is absolutely fabulous. Vazhachal is a horizontal fall. You may even describe it like a speeding stream.  It is no way similar to Athirapally is a great reason to drive further 5 km and spend some time here.

Let me also add that Vazhachal is a great place for food picnics. It is great to sit in the vicinity of the waterfall and enjoy food. And there are no monkeys to disturb you there.


Charpa Waterfall

This is a roadside waterfall near Athirapally. Nothing spectacular, however good enough to stop the car and have a short break.



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