Malakkappara Tour: Forest & Hill station
Malakkappara is a small hill station and border town in the Thrissur district of Kerala. Visiting Malakkapara via Athirapally allows tourists to experience the natural beauty of a virgin evergreen rainforest. It is home to many species of flora, fauna, dam reserves, waterfalls, picturesque landscapes, amusement parks, tea-coffee-cardamom plantations, winding mountain passes, lush valleys, etc.
Athirappilly, Chapra, and Vazhachal waterfalls:
Kerala's largest and most notable waterfall is Athirappilly Falls. In the Western Ghats, in Thrissur District, Kerala, Athirappilly, Vazhachal, and Chapra Falls are located on the Chalakudy River. Kerala's largest and most notable waterfall is Athirappilly Falls. In the Western Ghats, in Thrissur District, Kerala, Athirappilly, Vazhachal, and Chapra Falls are located on the Chalakudy River. A few minutes by car from Athirappilly, Vazhachal Falls is surrounded by lush green forest, home to endangered and endemic species.
In the vicinity of the road from Athirapaily to Vazhachal Falls, there is another waterfall called "Charpa Falls". 145 kilometers long, the Chalakudy River originates in the Anamudi mountains of the Western Ghats and flows into the Arabian Sea through the Vazhachal Forest. In the beginning, the river runs calmly, but near Ayyampuzha, it becomes wild. The water cascades down into three separate plumes at Athirapally Falls. After the falls, the river remains turbulent for about one kilometer until it reaches Kannamkuzhi. It calms and flows smoothly when it reaches Thumburmuzhi dam.
Thumburmuzhi:- dam, hanging bridge, butterfly garden/park:
Butterfly habitats can also be found in Thumboormuzhi. Thumboormuzhi harbours almost every species of butterfly on earth. You can enjoy nature to its fullest at Thumboormuzhi's Butterfly-Park and see how nature's two creations, butterflies and flowers, communicate. A total of 148 species of butterflies are found in the park. In the early morning, you can see large butterflies like birds. A unique feature of the butterfly park in Thumboormuzhi is that the biggest butterflies visit the park during the monsoon season.
Additionally, there is a river view, a virgin forest view, a beautiful garden, and a children's playground in the park. To make your trip more comfortable, the park has DTPC restaurants, a bathing ghat, snack bars, a Chinese pavilion, bathrooms, and parking areas.
Visit time: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, entrance fee: Rs 15 / adult and Rs 5 / child, camera fee: Rs 25 (not updated).
The hanging bridge connects the two banks of the Chalakudy river. Columns and beams have been erected on both river banks and are connected by iron ropes.
Thrissur District Tourism Promotion Council has given a complete makeover to this place by making it an ideal family picnic spot. The star attraction of the project is the hanging bridge linking Ezhattumugham in Ernakulam district to the Thumpoormuzhi tourist spot in Thrissur district. At the same time, around 2,100 people could cross the 210-meter bridge.
Poringalkuthu is one of Kerala's nine water-based tourism destinations, attracting lakhs of tourists. Poringalkuthu dam and Athirapally are interconnected locations. Poringalkuthu is just 11 km away from Athirapally waterfall. On the way to Poringalkuthu, we can see many natural waterfalls within dense forest areas.
There is a rare avian population and wildlife to be spotted at this dam on the Chalakudy River. A concrete dam built across the Chalakudy river contains the Peringalkuthu Hydro-Electric Power Project of KSEB. It requires special permission to visit this dam among the thicker forest. The view of the river fringed with forests of lush greenery is mind-blowing.
The main attraction of this place is the scenic beauty of nature and the journey on the water. One can enjoy spectacular view of the Dam and the nearby area. The Speed Boat journey will give you a fantastic thrill. The vast expanse of the reservoir and the greenery is a beautiful experience for one who visits this place. We can also see wild animals coming there to drink water. Boating facilities are available from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
There is a check-post of the forest department immediately after the Vazhachal waterfall, where you have to report your entry. After the check-post, you enter the dense forest stretches of the Sholayar forest range. On this trip, you can experience the mesmerising beauty of a virgin lush evergreen forest, flora, fauna, dam reservoirs, winding roads, green valleys, lovely landscapes, tea-coffee-cardamom plantations, etc. You can have a thrilling experience when you once travel this route. As animals may cross the road, the drivers might always be cautious, and going this way after 6 pm is not safe and advisable.