500 Kilometer from Bangalore, excellent national highway 44 & 544 via Salem - Coimbatore, 9 hrs of drive via some of the beautiful routes and I reached small town of Athirapally amid heavy rain. We already had booking at one on the resort there. After dumping all our bags and typical Kerala meals we headed toward Athirapally waterfall. Luckily rain was stopped by the time we reached there. Athirappilly falls is situated 1000 ft above sea level on the Chalakudy river and one of the major attraction in Kerala.The walkaway towards Athirapally waterfall after crossing the Bamboo entrance gate (fee - 30 Rs) was very well maintained with scenic combination of flora and fauna, signboards either side. One of the signboard made me curious and later I came to know this area is the only place in the Western Ghats where you can see four endangered hornbill species (if you are lucky)
Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall)
More famously known as the Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, this tourist hotspot is located close to the Meppadi town. A 300-foot high waterfall is the star attraction here and the pool beneath is a great place for swimming and having fun. Surrounded by lush green forests and hills, the Soochipara Waterfalls are a mere 30 minutes away from the town of Mepaddi and provide one with a great spot to relax and unwind. There are a number of huts that line the waterfall area. These little shacks sell food and beverages as one is bound to get hungry and thirsty after all that fun in the water. Bathrooms and locker facility are also made available against a little charge.
•Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls are over 100 feet high and is a famous picnic spot. It falls in five steps and it is an ideal location to be photographed. Located amidst rubber plantations, the woody landscape and the streams flowing down make the place one of the most picturesque waterfalls. If you love to trek, you can have a still great time here.Yet another attraction here is the St. Mary’s Church, which is located at the top of Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls.