Athirappily Falls in Kerala, India (A complete guide)

Athirappily Falls Guide – Stunning falls in Kerala, India

The Athirappily Falls are the tallest waterfalls of Kerala, a beautiful state in southern India. Standing at 80 feet of height (24 meters), the Athirappily Waterfalls are incredibly beautiful and, especially during monsoon season, a force of nature. The location has also be used for several local movies, as it is one of the most impressive sites of the region.

In this complete Athirappily Falls Guide, I will tell you everything you need to know before your own trip. IN case you have any questions left, feel free to comment below this post and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you are traveling to India, check out my other blog posts about India for more inspiration & travel tips.


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How to get to Athirappilly Falls

The Athirappily Falls are located in Athirappily Panchayat, Kerala and are located around 70 kilometers from Kochi, the major city of the state. While there are several options to reach Athirappily Falls by car, there are two options that definitely stand out and are recommended.

Via Kochi

Once you made it to Kochi, which is super easy via train or plane, it is really easy to make it to the Athirappily Waterfalls. If you decide to fly into Kochi, we recommend using Skyscanner to find the best deals possible.

  • With a local bus: There are regular local bus connections from both Kochi City (~30 rupees, no air condition) and Kochi Airport (~100 rupees, air condition) to Chalakkudy. From there, you can take another local bus to Athirappily Falls (~30 rupees) which takes around 45-60 minutes or hire a tuk-tuk driver (~400 rupees). This option is more than fine if you have some time and/or are traveling on a budget. I personally would recommend taking the buses with air condition during the hot seasons.
  • By taxi: Taxis in India are quite affordable, so this is a decent option, especially if you are not traveling solo. You should be able to find a private taxi for 2000-3000 rupees – including air conditioning and the fastest route possible.

By Train

If you are traveling in India by train you are also lucky! Chalakudy (CKI) has its own train station (from where you can take the local buses as described above) to get to Athirappilly Waterfalls.

In case you can’t find a connection to this train station (as they operate rarely), you can also try it via Aluva or Ernakulam, which are bigger stations with many more connections.

Alternatively, if you only have limited time while visiting Kochi, it is also possible to book an organized 1-day tour to the Athirappilly Waterfalls online in advance.

What to expect at Athirappilly Falls

Once you made it to Athirappilly Falls in Kerala, you will finally have the chance to experience this wonderful place. But what can you expect at the Athirappilly Waterfalls?

First of all: There are two major viewpoints, one on top of the falls and one below the falls. While you are really close from the upper viewpoint, you can see the brutal power of the Athirappilly Falls – they are simply incredible.

On the other hand, the lower viewpoint offers you a lot of opportunities like swimming in the shallow water, take incredible pictures with the falls in the background and simply have a great time. Note that the lower area is only opened outside of the rainy season, as the force of the falls is simply too strong while it is raining to be there. To go to this area, we went with a local guide that works with hotels in the town.

Another great viewpoint is from the Rainforest Resort, where you have an incredible balcony view on the Waterfalls from their community area and even your own room. I recommend staying in this resort for one night to enjoy this place to its fullest.

Overall, you can expect to see beautiful waterfalls and pristine nature, as the Athirappilly Falls are surrounded by greenery.

Athirappilly Falls seen from an aerial view

Athirappilly Falls from a drone’s view

Beautiful waterfalls in Kerala, India

The lower viewpoint of the falls

General Information: Athirappilly Falls

To make your trip easier here is some information about the opening times and the entrance fee of the Athirappilly Falls. Note that this information is from my own visit (April 2019) and could have changed slightly in the meantime. If this is the case, please let me know so I can update this guide.

Athirappilly Falls Visiting Time: 8.00 AM – 6.00 PM

Entrance Fee Athirappilly Waterfalls: 15 Rupees

Best time to visit Athirappilly Falls

The best time to visit Athirappilly Falls is definitely during the rainy monsoon season, which is generally from June to October. During that time period, the falls have the highest power and are the most impressive. If you visit the Athirappilly Waterfalls during the rainy season, you will experience a spectacle of nature.

That being said, I visited the Athirappilly Falls in April and while there was not as much water as during the rainy season, it was still an absolutely magnificent place with beautiful nature – that I wouldn’t want to miss.

Best hotels & resorts in Athirappilly Falls

Luckily, the Athirappilly Falls are home to some incredible hotels & resorts – and cover every kind of budget. After doing some research and staying there on my own, here are some Athirappilly resorts recommendations:

  •  Rainforest Resort: An incredible resort with a perfect location. I spent one night here and absolutely loved it. Direct views of the falls from the balcony of my room, nice facilities, a pool with views and even the chance to stay in an open-air treehouse if you’d like to.
  • Samroha Resort: Luxurious option with excellent views of the Falls itself. If you are looking for a luxurious hotel, this is the place to go.
  • Athirappily Green Trees: Mid-range option with great comfort, location and an included breakfast for under 100$. The perfect option for couples and travelers that don’t want to spend big money on their hotel.
  • Rainland Athirappily: Budget option with double rooms available for under 40$ while still having good comfort and a decent location to explore the waterfalls.

My personal recommendation would be to stay in the awesome Rainforest Resort, as I absolutely enjoyed my stay there! Definitely ask for the treehouse option, as it looked like an epic experience. However, all of the listed Athirappilly Resorts & Hotels have amazing ratings.

Alternatively, you can also book accommodation on Airbnb near the falls, and get over 40$ off for your first stay when using my invitation link.

Rainforest Resort in Athirappily (Kerala)

The location of the Rainforest Resort is stunning

Other things to do near Athirappilly Falls

While the Ahirappilly Falls are the absolute highlight of the area and also the obvious reason why I created this Athirappily Falls Guide for you – there are some other awesome things to do near Athirappilly Falls. Here is a quick list for some inspiration:

Vazhachal Waterfalls: Just a few kilometers away the Vazhachal Falls are not as huge and impressive as the Athirappilly Falls, but if you have some extra time worth a visit.

Bird watching: The Athirappilly falls are also a popular destination for bird watching, as it is the only area in the Western Ghats where you can see the endangered Hornbill birds.

Safari & Trekking: The region is full of forests and greenery, with a huge variety of plants and animals. There are several local operators with whom you could go on a safari or some treks while staying in Athirappilly. If you are into trekking, I recommend checking out Munnar, which is a dream for trekking lovers.

I hope this Athirappilly Waterfalls Guide was useful for you and I wish you a lot of fun on your trip – it’s an amazing destination! If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to leave a comment down below.


Athirappily Falls in Kerala, India


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Hello guys! I am Michael, a freelance photographer and travel blogger from Switzerland. My goal is to inspire travelers all around the globe with my posts and images.