Athirapally - Where the water speaks!

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If you are from the speck called Kerala,I am sure that you have heard of Athirapally but for those of you who aren't aware of this spectacle I am here to get you to pack your bags IMEDIATELY! and plan your next adventure.

I was back in my hometown, Kerala, this September with nothing but the motive to relax but things changed when I decided to meet a bunch of my favourite relatives and in no time we decided to go to Athirapally. Although I am a proud malayalee, this was my first time visiting his flowing piece of wonder, just an hour and a half away from my hometown .So for the people staying in and around Thrissur and Chalakudy this is a favourite one day trip destination and for people travelling from across the country, it is a sure thing on their itinererary.

So we started our journey after a late breakfast and and I would suggest you to drive down or take a bus to this place because the route is lined with beautiful palm trees,rubber plantation and the river flowing right next to you,guiding you to your destination.Apart from the scenic routes and great roads,you can also spot a lot of eateries along the way offering both snacks and full course meals,so don't worry about the needs of your tummy. I would also suggest a tea from one of those local tea shops or "chaaya kadas" as we malayalees lovingly call it, and do this on your way back, you will know why by the end of this read.

We reached Athirapally around 2;45 p.m. after we stopped for lunch on the way.So the ticket cost for Indian citizens(adult) is Rs.50 per head and extra vehicle charges based on the size of your vehicle.One more thing to keep in mind is that you will be greeted with a fair amount of crowd on your visit as it is popular among locals and tourists likewise and its proximity from the airport and railway stations add to this cause as well.So now lets get into the juicy part now!

So after showing the ticket at the entrance they let you in and after walking through the cool trail covered with trees and a few monkeys XD you finally get a view of the massive water body called Athirapally flowing towards the fall with the backdrop of mountains and clouds covering the mountain tops. You can get two different views of the the falls one from the top,which is a small, careful walk down a steep rock. You get to see the length of the falls and the water majestically falling down, the thing about this view is that you cannot see the point where it falls and the force with which it touches the ground, and this brings me to the second option.The view you can look up at, so the trail to this second view is a little more tricky that the latter as the path is filled with stones placed unevenly and its a little steep,but there are railings you can hold onto for support,it is a little challenging but the view makes it worth it. So after balancing and walking down this path we reached the foot of the waterfalls and MAN! What A view!.

At this point we saw the water hitting the ground and tiny droplets of water spraying its way towards us,So we decided to get a closer view,but the closer we we got, we understood these droplets may seem small but the water and wind pressure was high, it was so high that we found it hard to keep our eyes open and hard to keep our umbrellas from turning upside down. It gives you the feeling of actually standing under the waterfall, but mind you we were at least 500 - 800 meters away from it,but the force of the water had increased as a result of continuous rains in the past few days.We got drenched completely within the first 5 minutes and then there was no turning back but to just stand there and with an open mouth and feel the water moving past you and brushing its way through you.

Our lack of preparation and research left us drenched on our way back home,but if you come prepared, they have fairly clean changing rooms to get you into dry clothes or you can buy ponchos from the shops near the ticket counter as well.Even if by chance you get there and get drenched without prior knowledge,like we did, don't worry, I have got you covered, and the solution being a hot, steaming glass of tea from one of those chaaya kadas I mentioned earlier.Now you know why I said you to give it a try on your way back.

So if you are ever in Kerala,do not miss out on this slice of heaven. You carry dry clothes or decide to get drenched, either way its going to give you an experience and a view to remember.

You can come here for a day trip or book yourself a nice staycation with the view of the falls and soak and relax in this cradle of nature.