ATHIRAPALLY AND VAZHACHAL WATERFALLS:(63 km Thrissur) The most famous waterfalls of Kerala, Athirapally and Vazhahal are situated on the Chalakkudy River, which originates from the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. At the entrance to the Sholayar ranges is the largest waterfall in Kerala, Athirapally, which stands tall at 80 feet. Just a short drive from Athirapally, the Vazhachal waterfall is close to dense green forests that are home to many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna. This is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered hornbill species are seen.
THRISSUR: The cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is synonymous with the world famous and spectacular pooram Festival. The abode of several prominent cultural centres including the Kerala Kalamandalam, Sahitya Academy and Sangeetha Nadaka Academy, Thrissur has an extraordinarily rich past as well as a vibrant present. From the ancient times, this district with its cultural heritage and archaeological wealth has played a significant role in the political history of south India. Many rulers and dynasties beginning with the Zamorins of Kozhikode, Tipu Sultan of Mysore and Europeans including the Dutch and the British have had a hand in moulding the destiny of this region. Raja Rama Varma popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran is the architect of the present Thrissur town.
IN AND AROUND ATHIRAPALLY:
MALAKKAPARA:(56 km east of Athirapally)A small and beautiful hill station in the Sholayar rainforest.
THUMBOORMUZHI RIVER GARDENS: (15 km west of Athirapally)A scenic spot by the Chalakkudy River, the butterfly garden here attracts more than 148 varieties of butterflies.(open from 0900-1700hrs)
Bath in the spectacular waterfalls of Athirapally and Vazhachal.
Visit Kauthuka Park ,a beautifully landscaped garden on the way to Athirapally Waterfalls at Chalakkudy. Set on residential land, the park is dotted with hills, streams, caves and medicinal plants.
Telephone Access Code:+91-487
AIR: Nearest International Airport: Nedumbassery
RAIL: Thrissur is an important railhead of the Southern Railways.
The KSRTC Bus station ,near the Railway Station operates long distance and inter-state services ph:2421150,
The Sakthan Thampuaran Bus Stand is 1 km away from town.
The North Bus Stand is in the heart of the town
TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES:
DTPC,Palace Road,Chembukkavu ph:2320800