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Thrissur, the land of puram is also famous for the majestic beauty of waterfalls. The  most visited tourist places in Kerala and Thrissur includes the famous waterfalls in Kerala such as Athriapally. The Athirappilly waterfalls, know to be one of the best waterfalls in India is situated at Thrissur District of Kerala. Other than Athirappilly, we have more waterfalls that reside in and around Thrissur. Let’s have a brief look on the waterfalls in Thrissur below.

Waterfalls in Thrissur:

  • Athirappilly Waterfalls
  • Vazhachal Waterfalls
  • Charpa Waterfalls
  • Marottichal Ilanjippara Waterfalls, or simply Marotichal Waterfalls consists of Olakkayam Waterfalls and Ilanjippara Waterfalls
  • Pattathipara Waterfalls

Athirapally Waterfalls:

Athirapally Waterfalls Thrissur District Kerala

Athirapally Waterfalls | Photo by rusticus80 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Located at the southeastern part of the district, Athirapally Waterfalls is one of the best waterfalls in India. The waterfall is active throughout the seasons and it attracts tourists from all over India and even foreigners also.

Athirapally waterfall is situated on Chalakkudy river which starts from the Sholayar ranges of Western Ghats. If you wish to see the waterfall with the full potential, we will ask you for a ride to the waterfalls, right after the monsoon rain.

Athirapally is about 60 km from Thrissur and about 63 km from Ernakulam

Charpa Waterfalls:

Charpa Waterfalls Kerala

Charpa Waterfalls Kerala [photo by Nandha Kumar]

After crossing a little distance from Athripally towards Valparai route, you will see a waterfall on the left side of the road, the Charpa Waterfalls. Charpa Waterfalls is situated in between Athirapally Waterfalls and Vazhachal Waterfalls. The view of the waterfalls is scenic and its always good to take a stop there and roam around.

Vazhachal Waterfalls:

Vazhachal waterfalls Entrance

Vazhachal waterfalls Entrance [Photo by Sandhya Govind (CC BY-SA 4.0)]

Lying in not more than 5kms from Athirapally, Vazhachal Waterfalls is entirely different from its proceedings. Rather classifying it as a waterfall, I would say its a stream cascading down the rocks in slope. There is also a Botanical garden situated at Vazhachal with benches around to sit and enjoy the waterfalls.

Marotichal Ilanjippara Waterfalls:

Marotichal Waterfalls is about 20 km from Thrissur and 76 km from Eranakulam. The waterfalls at Marottichal which is situated inside the forest, have so far stayed as a secret and were not exposed.

Marotichal Waterfalls includes:

  • Olakkayam Waterfalls &
  • Ilanjippara Waterfalls

Olakkayam Waterfalls:

Marottichal Ilanjippara Waterfalls

Olakkayam Waterfalls, Marotichal

Olakkayam Waterfalls is about 5-10min walk from the main road. The walkway by the side of the canal leads to the waterfalls. Olakkayam is a refreshing place where you can step into the water without a second thought. Its also observed that wild elephants frequently roam here for water and food.

Ilanjippara Waterfalls:

Marottichal Ilanjippara Waterfalls THRISSUR

Marottichal Ilanjippara Waterfalls

Marottichal Ilanjippara Waterfalls, the largest & the scenic of both is about 4kms from Olakkayam Waterfalls. The stream flowing down the rocks inside the forest offers a mesmerizing feeling for nature loving people. We need to trek through the forest around 4kms in order to reach the waterfalls. The trek continues through the walkway of wild elephants so visitors need to be careful when passing through this area as you may not notice them all time. And it’s always advisable to go in groups as multiple pathways exist and some will confuse you for sure.

The best time to visit Ilanjippara Waterfall is between September and February right after the heavy monsoon rains.

NB: Entry to Ilanjippara Waterfall is restricted by Kerala Forest Department (Last Updated: Feb 2018).

Pattathippara Waterfalls:


Pattathippara Waterfalls [Photo by NitinBala (CC BY-SA 4.0)]

Situated around 12 km from Thrissur town Pattathipara waterfalls is not a well-known spot for all. Pattathippara is a cascade waterfall, where water descends in a series of rock steps.”Pattathi” in Malayalam means a Brahmin girl and “para” means rock. During the early times, its said that women used to come to this forest for collecting twigs for cooking purposes. Once, a Brahmin girl came to this forest alone to collect twigs in the evening. On her return, she slipped from a rock and fell into this waterfall and died. From there onwards the forest and the waterfalls are called by the name Pattathippara.

Pattathippara a small waterfall and you may need to trek around 2 km to reach the waterfalls. Be careful of the broken beer bottles(that nasty people throws) and its always safe to return before dawn, as this area is remote.

From Thrissur town, head towards Chemboothra on the Thrissur-Palakkad highway and from Chemboothra, it is only two kilometers to Pattathippara

NB: Entry to Pattathipara waterfalls is restricted by Kerala Forest Department (Last Updated: Aug 2018).

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