By P Chong 22 April 2010
Beautiful! It’s a closely guarded secret!! Little is known of such splendour to rival the real Canadian Niagara Falls . . . by far the world’s most spectacular Falls, unmatched & beyond all compare. As it is, this Indian pretender is not greatly publicised & thus less commercialised.
This breathtaking . . . natural . . . picturesque splendour is located about 65 Km from Trichur (Kerala) & 60 Km from Cochin International Airport. Try to chalk out a holiday in September just after the monsoons. The waterfalls will then be in full force. A tranquil & much needed escape from the troubles & stress of life!
A beautiful true eco-escape!
The natural bounties make Kerala, God’s own Country, a paradise destination in India. The mountainous region and highlands of Kerala have some spectacular waterfalls which are popular picnic spot for the nature lovers.
There are more waterfalls than you envision. Many of the names are unheard of outside the national boundary of India such as: Idukki Waterfalls, Power House Waterfalls, Ernakulam Waterfalls, Kozhikode (Calicut) Waterfalls, Kottayam Waterfalls and several more . . . most with unfamiliar Indian names. For the hurried tourists, it will be impossible to see them all.
Let the soothing sounds take you to some of nature’s most relaxing places East of Chalakudy, near the entrance to the Sholayar forest ranges, the beautiful waterfalls of Athirampally and Vazhachal. Both these waterfalls are a part of the Chalakudy River and 5 km apart on the road to the hill station (Valpara) with its excellent tea plantation and is one of India’s highest elephant density habitat. It is a crucial corridor between Perambikulam and Malayattur.
The charm of the Athirampally and Vazhachal nature cannot be verbally described. Starting calmly from the high ranges, and crashing through gorges overhung with trees, the waterfall is one of the best places in India to re-capture a real sense of the classical idea of the “Picturesque”. . . not just calm and sweet, but something wild and natural.
Perched high above in the the Sholayar Forest Ranges on the fringes of Kerala’s famed rain forests, the waterfalls provide a restful escape for those wanting to quit the hustle & bustle of city life . . . wild and beautiful, unspoilt by the passing of time.
There’s always a paradise close & near
God’s Paradise is everywhere!