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Athirappally
  • Overview
  • Hotels
  • Sight Seeing
  • Things to do
  • Directions
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  • Athirapally Waterfalls is located on the Chalakudy River and it is a major tourist destination in the area. The waterfall is located in the State of Kerala in the Thrissur District. It is a popular destination for families and it is an important picnic site. The waterfall is located amidst thick forests and the surrounding jungles are home to some endangered species of birds and many plants. There are many species of the endangered hornbill that can be seen in the area. The waterfall is one of the most scenic places to visit in the state. Many tourists from other parts of the country also visit the place. The Vazhachal Waterfall is located around five kilometers from the place and it is easily accessible from the Athirapally Waterfall. The waterfall is around 80 feet in height and a cool moist spray of water can be experienced up to a certain point. This is a good place for nature walks and trekking in the jungle. However this has to be done with caution as most of the jungle is thick with dense vegetation. Many Tamil and regional movies have been filmed at this spot as well. The river is filled with gigantic rocks, especially in the river.
  • Athirappally Waterfall
  • "The Athirappilly Waterfalls" est of Chalakudy in Trichur District, is a 25 m high waterfall which surely takes your breath away. Starting silently from the high ranges of Sholayar forest, this waterfall is one of the choicest places in India to enjoy the real beauty of nature and wilderness. It is also known as Indian Niagra.
  • Vazhachal Waterfall
  • Just 5 km from Athirappally, Vazhachal falls takes you to pristine beauty with nature's own landscaping. With the abundant flora and even herbal plantation maintained by the forest department, Vazhachal is a Botanist's treasure trove
  • Charpa Waterfall
  • Another waterfall just 2 km from Athirappally waterfalls. Where else to go to enjoy the natural showers.
  • Take Snaps
  • One of the best places to be photographed in India. The breathtaking view from the view point attracts lots of tourists to snap.
  • Fishing
  • The Chalakkudy river which originates from Sholayar rain forest is the home of a variety of fishes. Nobody will be disappointed if you try your luck in fishing.
  • Soft Trekking
  • An ideal place to go for soft trekking through the hills. The fresh breeze rejuvenate you and of course a tension reliever from your busy life.
  • Visit Tribal Village
  • You can visit the nearby tribal village and can witness the tribal life of Kerala.
  • Malakappara Tea gardens
  • A safari through the deep forest and high ranges (Western Ghats) complemented with lots of hairpin curves takes you to the fascinating sculptured beauty of Malakapara tea gardens just 50 km from Athirappilly.
  • Business Hours
  • Offices: 10:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday
    Banks: 10:00 to 14:00, Monday to Friday; 10:00 to 12:00, Saturday
    Post offices: 10:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday
    Shops: 10:00 to 20:00, Monday to Saturday
  • Electricity
  • 240 volts AC, 50Hz.
  • Health
  • One of the main health problems that visitors to India often encounter is upset stomachs. Visitors are advised to seek the appropriate vaccinations and/or medication to avoid any health dangers before arrival to India. There are no specific vaccinations needed for India.
  • Emergency services
  • Police control room: 100
    Fire station: 101
    Ambulance: 102
  • Language
  • Malayalam is the dominant language in Kannur. English is widely spoken, particularly by those working in the tourist industry.
  • Currency
  • The Indian rupee is the currency of choice here. The lowest denomination is 1 rupee with 5, 10, 20 and 100 rupee notes the most commonly used. Changing larger sums like the 500 or 1000 rupee notes often proves difficult.
  • Currency Exchange
  • Few banks in Kannur will be able to change international currency. Travellers should make the US dollar the currency of choice when visiting the city, the next best being euros and British sterling. There are ATMs in Kannur and this is the best way to get rupees, with a good exchange rate. Just be sure your ATM card is accepted in India.
  • Customs
  • There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring. Adults 18 years and over can import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco; 2 litres of alcohol; and 60ml of perfume.
  • Electronic equipment such as laptop and camera or video equipment requires filling out a Tourist Baggage Re-Export form. This is to protect you, as you may be asked to show the form when you leave India. Bringing in any livestock or pork products, live plants, or gold and silver bullion, is not permitted.
    • Visitors are expected to abide by local laws, customs and etiquettes.
    • Visitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.
    • Behaviour demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.
    • Nudity is not allowed in Kerala
    • Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is banned in all the temples.
    • Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the State vary from each other.
    • Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned from some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women, in saris, half-saris or long skirts.
    • At the table, main dishes are served in the middle, while each person takes individual spoons from each plate to their own dish in front of them. Eating is done with the right hand only, as the left is used for personal hygiene. Average tipping is 10%.
  • Visa and Passports
  • For entry into India, you must apply for a visa from your local Indian consulate or embassy before leaving home. You won’t even make it onto the airplane without a visa, so be sure to arrange one beforehand.
  • The majority of Western tourists will be eligible for a 6-month visa for visiting India, which is activated from the moment it is placed inside your passport.
  • Make sure you have at least one passport page free to receive the visa stamp and that your travel document is valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure from India.
  • Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday.
    For further clarifications, contact the Indian High Commission.
    For visa extension, contact Office of the Commissioner of Police,
    Thiruvananthapuram. Ph: 0471-2320579.
  • Tourist Information Offices
  • The Free Travel Information Service is one of the best in town for personal service and trustworthy advice on the area. The District Tourism Office and DTPC Information Centre also offer good services for various matters in Bakel. Ask at your hotel for contact details.
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