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Old 3rd April 2010, 14:25   #16
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Wow I did not see this volume of water when I went. Looks majestic !
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Wow I did not see this volume of water when I went. Looks majestic !
This was in May, can you imagine how it will be after the rains? It is an incredible sight, can't find my post-rain season photos.
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This was in May, can you imagine how it will be after the rains? It is an incredible sight, can't find my post-rain season photos.
Thats the surprise!
The ones I posted were taken in November.
I did not see any water. I expected it to be loaded.
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My contribution from Jul 2008, monsoon at its peak.
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Photos look surreal.

In the May 1988 second photo, I can see graffiti on that rock in the middle of waterfall. Shocked.

HVK Sir, is there any traffic/timing restriction on the Valparai-Athirapally route?
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HVK Sir, is there any traffic/timing restriction on the Valparai-Athirapally route?
Between Peringalkuthu Dam and Malakkiparai (KL-TN border), traffic is restricted at the CP between 9 pm and 6 am. Wildlife on the narrow road is high and there is hardly any room for both vehicle and beast.

I once tried to go through this route in a mobike, but I was forced to stay back in the verandah of a tea shop at the Peringalkuthu Dam CP. However, regulars - tea estate trucks and estate vehicles - going between Kochi and Valparai - are allowed through.
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but I was forced to stay back in the verandah of a tea shop at the Peringalkuthu Dam CP.
I wish I could read all these and more in a travel book. Please!!!
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Its a beautiful falls and during monsoon it resembles a mini Niagara with water cascading down end to end.

The waterfalls features in a lot of Tamizh & Hindi movies. Pukar and Guru being the ones that come to mind immediately. Tamizh movies are too many to list. As Hvkumar said, it was more popularly known as Punnagai Mannan falls. Kamalhasan starrer. Can't forget watching the shooting of a Namitha song from close range (Tamizh guys will know about that song from Aiy ;P)

There are a few resorts just a couple of kms downstream from the waterfalls. I remember staying in one of them in 2001. Don't remember the name though.

There are a couple of smaller waterfalls upstream and some sort of rapids as well. I have done that route from Valparai to Athirapally and its awesome. Its something I want to do again. Hvkumar has really captured the gist of that route. There is almost no human habitation for quite sometime and the forest, river, leeches, elephant poo... amazing.

I'm surprised there's no travelogue for Athirapalli here in Tbhp.
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There are a couple of smaller waterfalls upstream and some sort of rapids as well.
5 kms upstream from Athirapalli is Vazachal, which is the second waterfall referred to by csenthil.
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I'm surprised there's no travelogue for Athirapalli here in Tbhp.
Actually there are quite a few travelogues in TBHP on Athirapalli. Here is one which I had put up in Aug'09 though to be fair I had actually opted to come via Athirapalli, Valparai, on my way back from Thrissur to Chennai.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...not-taken.html (Chennai - Thrissur & Back through the roads not taken)

Apart from Athirapalli and Vazchal there is one more major falls, Chapra falls which is gorgeous during monsoon time.

Some of the pics which I had put up in the Travelogue, though being taken on a mobile cam do not do justice to the majestic Athirapalli.

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The road was in fabulous condition all the way upto Vazchal. After Vazchal upto Peringalkuthu dam the road was decent with some rough patches in between. Post Peringalkuthu the road is extremely lonely with some very bad patches. I had done the trip in my Wagon R so am sure it could be done in any car.
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Default Athirapilly waterfall - The Indian Niagara

Got e-mail forward.

Many of you may be aware and visited this place.

I am not aware about this place in kerala.

Posting it here as it is with pics.

If you have any more info, snaps, please post it for others benefit.

If there is any travelogue about the same on this forum, please post the link.

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Beautiful !! I don't know how many Indians are aware of this place........ maybe some Keralites are.

This breath taking natural picturesque splendor located at a road distance of 65 Kms from Trichur (Kerala) & 60 Kms from Cochin International airport.

Try to chalk out a holiday in September just after the monsoons.

The waterfalls will bein full force then.

A tranquil & much needed escape from the troubles & stress of life!

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Old 1st August 2010, 13:38   #27
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Ashish some wonderful photography mate.

Have been there and its an awesome spectacle especially if your are at the base of the falls...have a few snaps of it somewhere.The spray was so bad that it was next to impossible to get a truly panoramic shot from there, but what a visual and auditory sensation it is.Truly wonderful waterfall.
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Awesome photograph. This place must be heaven during rainy seasons. And thanks ashish. I am adding this to my list when i will be visiting kerala. (Longtime on wishlist)
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Brilliant. Sure worth a visit.

In a lighter vein - all stadia roofs for the CWG!
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Old 1st August 2010, 15:28   #30
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Behne de, mujhe behne de, mujhe behne de, mujhe behne de.
Get it now AP?

Way back in 1986, Kamal hassan and rekha (not the hindi one) shot a song for the movie Punnagai Mannan (king of smiles).

Here's the youtube video of the song showing the beauty of that place (almost 25 years back).

Watch till the very end of the video which is a shocker!

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