Atleast some of you would have heard about the largest waterfall in Kerala - Athirappily, located in Thrissur district. So many famous films were shot here such as Guru (Hindi) and Raavan (Hindi)/Raavanan (Tamil).
The Chalakudy river initially runs smoothly but becomes more turbulent as it nears Athirappilly. At Athirappilly Falls, the water surges around big rocks and cascades down in three separate plumes. Below the falls, the river remains turbulent for about 1 km. Then it calms and flows smoothly until reaching the dam at Thumburmuzhi/Ezhattumugham.
Athirappily and Ezhattumugham can be covered in one day unless you plan to have a relaxed picnic with packed food :). On that note, first point to mention is that it is better that you have food from town and reach the place OR get food packed before you reach. The options for good food outlets are less as this is a forest area.
Athirappily is 30 km away from the nearest railway station Chalakudy and 55km from the nearest airport Kochi.
Note these points to before you visit Athirappilly:
The best time to visit Athirappilly is just after the monsoon season, when the waterfalls would be in full force. September to February is the ideal period to visit. You can visit the waterfalls only between 8 am and 6 pm everyday. Consumption of alcohol or smoking is strictly prohibited. Swimming in the falls is prohibited too, as it can be very dangerous. The visitors are advised to refrain from feeding animals (plenty of monkeys around) as the waterfalls are plastic-free zones.