Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Hypnotic sights - Athirappilly waterfalls, beauty of Kerala

Athirappilly is an exotic destination in Kerala!

Awesome waterfalls, full of greenery all around, wonderful trekking, some is amazing!

Athirappilly is in the district of Thrissur (Trichur), near Chalakkudy about an hour's drive from the Kochi International Airport in South India.

Chalakkudy river originates from Anamudi in the western ghats, a mountain range in the western border of South India. This river runs through the Vazhachal forest division and at Athirappilly it runs through massive rocks resulting in spectacular waterfalls.

After plunging down from a height of nearly eighty feet it runs a turbulent course for some more distance before acquiring a smooth flow until Thumburmuzhi dam. An interesting fact is that we can view this falls from two locations, upper part from where it falls through a massive row of rocks and lower down - the spot where it plunges. We have to trek through the forest to reach this spot. This spot gives us the opportunity to view it from the front at a close range, a perfect chance to get a close-up view!

Trekking from the entrance to the falls was really fun. Plenty of monkeys all over the place😊 This is the only place where the unique, rare species of birds like Great Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, and the Indian Grey Hornbill are found. Great Hornbill is the official State bird of Kerala. Such an ecologically important spot!

We visited here during the summer time. This place attracts a lot of tourists during monsoon when the waterfalls spread the whole of the rock bed instead of the three plumes we see in summer.

Be prepared for trekking right from the entrance to waterfalls. It is a little bit tiresome, but you will surely enjoy it😊

It was an unforgettable weekend!

Check these videos of waterfalls that I have uploaded in my Channel on YouTube :)
Please add some comments there too and 'like' :)

It is scientifically proved that the sights and sounds of waterfalls stimulate our brain to produce good chemicals that better our mood. Listening to self-hypnosis tapes of waterfalls and the like operate on such theories. Spend some time near the falls to enable the brain to assimilate the visual and auditory stimuli and allow the effect to kick in. This is important when you listen to such tapes too; it takes some time to get the desired effect.

Wait patiently and allow Nature to relax you. Remove the mental barrier that we are keeping, drop the guard off, and allow the Universal energy to engulf us.
  • Nature...lush greenery, the lullaby of the flowing river, sound of music of the forest, waterfalls, nothing else will recharge the tired mind, body, and soul in a natural and better way!
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Ela said...

Wow ! Such a gorgeous place and so amazing views ! It would be wonderful to visit and experience the incredible atmosphere of this place !

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks a lot, Ela :)
Yes, it was a magnificent spot :)

Birgitta said...

So beautiful! Wonderful photo series!

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks Birgitta :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh my gosh this place looks straight out of a dream!! I must add this place to my bucket list :)

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Wow----You probably know or remember that hubby (George) and I LOVE waterfalls. We were just on vacation and saw about 15 this week--none as large and as beautiful as the ones you showed.. WOW.. Thanks for sharing.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks Betsy :)
It is a beautiful spot. Lovely waterfalls :)
Well, I am going to post one more in my other blog today. Vazhachal waterfalls is only a few kilometers away from athirappilly. Enjoy !

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks Keith :)
Must visit spot in Kerala :) you will not be disappointed.

Brian Miller said...

absolutely beautiful waterfalls...we went to a place on vacation that had 28 falls...its was gorgeous....great captures of these....

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks Brian :)
Great ! 28 falls ? Awesome !
Hope you will post about it asap :)

George said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful waterfall with us. This looks like a fascinating place for hiking as well as for viewing the gorgeous waterfall.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks George :)
A wonderful picnic spot!

sandy said...

Breathtaking! How wonderful to be able to visit there!

jonathan said...

It is interesting to note that I just visited two waterfalls this week and will be posting them soon. I do like visiting the falls as they are soothing and refreshing both to the senses and to my soul. Being surrounded by nature is one way to de-stress. Love this post!

Sherry Ellis said...

It had to be amazing to see that. Sounds like there's quite a bit of diverse wildlife there, too.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks Sandy :)
It was an awesome trip.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

You are absolutely correct, Jonathan :)
Waterfalls pacify minds, helps in imparting peace and make people happy :)

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Yes Sherry, bio-diverse region it is. Ecologically sensitive !
Elephants, monkeys, birds specifically hornbills, etc.etc.
Thanks so much for this beautiful comment, Sherry :)

Blackswan said...

What a stunning sight! Thanks to you Rajiv, I'm able to enjoy the great scenery even tho I'm not in Kerala.

Beate said...

What a beautiful place! I love waterfalls and those sure look amazing! :) I really hope I get to visit India one day!

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks a lot, Shirley :)
This was beautiful :)

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thank yo so much, Beate :)
This is a must see destination for anyone visiting Kerala. You are welcome :)
Glad you enjoyed this post :)

ruma said...

Hello, Rajiv Sankarapillai.

  Your works is embraced in your gentleness.
  And sweet message charms my heart.

  The prayer for all peace.
  I wish You all the best.

Have a good day. from Japan, ruma ❀

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks so much :)
God bless you, Ruma.

Pack Your Luggage Blog said...

These water falls look amazing.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks Monika for this kind visit to my blog here and this beautiful comment :)
Have an amazing weekend :)

Truedessa said...

That waterfall takes my breath away..such natural beauty it speaks to
me, I may have to pen a poem about it.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks :)
Would love to see your poem posted in your blog. Glad to hear that this post inspired you to write a poem.

Syam said...

Beautiful spot and eye catching clicks. Congrats.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks Syam.
Visited your site. Brilliant :)

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