Athirapally Falls is situated on the Chalakudy river, which originates in the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. Many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna are found in the forests of the Athirapilly-Vazhachal area. This area is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species are seen.
Athirapally is popular among tourists. Athirapally Falls is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Another popular waterfall to visit is the Vazhachal Falls. Athirapally Falls is a part of Chalakudy river and it is approximately 80 feet in height. Athirapally is easily reachable from Chalakudy by taking a vehicle for rent or by bus from the Chalakudy private bus terminal.
The Vazhachal waterfalls are located very close to the Athirapally falls and are a part of the Chalakudy river stream. Vazhachal is popular for its flora and herbal plantations (maintained by the forest department) apart from the scintillating waterfalls set in the backdrop of a lush green forest. This is an ideal picnic spot too.
Two water-theme parks - the Dream World and Silver Storm are located to the west of Athirapally.
The Thumpurmuzhi gardens are located amidst the two water theme parks. The water from the river is redirected to deep tanks at Thumpurmuzhi, creating a waterfall like impact. The gardens are well maintained and have scenic surroundings.
Malakapara tea gardens:
If you take a ride through the deep forest and high ranges you will come across the Malakapara tea gardens. Around 50 kilometers from Athirapally. This tea garden has picturesque surroundings and sometimes one can spot wildlife here.
Peringalkuthu and Sholayar Dams:
The Peringalkuthu and Sholayar Dams are situated deep in the forest on the way to Valpara. Both the dams generate hydroelectric power to the state and entry to the dam site is with special permission only.