The wild excitement of gushing water triggers some elemental feelings in most people, inviting them for a closer look. And that’s exactly what Vazhachal waterfalls does! It’s an amazing sight to see foaming water gushing down the steeply inclined terrain of the Sholayar foothills.
For those expecting to see a cascading waterfall, you might be a bit disappointed as Vazhachal waterfall is more of a horizontal waterfall located on the Chalakudy River. Watching its churning waters and fast-flowing rapids over an incline strewn with large rocks can be mesmerizing. Located just another 5km away down the Chalakudy River is the Athirapilly waterfall which falls about 80 feet vertically and is a misty sight to behold during the monsoon season. This should be your next stop.
These twin tourism gems that garland the Chalakudy River lie within the perimeters of the cultural centre of Kerala, the Thrissur district. The city centre is just a little over 60km away from the Vazhachal waterfalls and makes for a great weekend getaway for its residents. The nearby water-themed parks as well as the Jungle Safari organized by the Thrissur District Tourism Promotion Council add to the charms of nature and provide a great-away spot to unwind with friends and family.
Vazhachal waterfalls have its own unique magical charm and you can enjoy paddling in the small pools created on its sides with trickling crystal-clear water. The aura of the surrounding green forests, the chirping of birds and the chattering of monkeys along with the sounds of gushing waters weave a dream all its own, keeping you glued to your surroundings. You could spend hours just gazing at the beauty of this waterfall. However, don’t be enticed to get too close as many slippery mishaps in the past have forced the authorities to cordon off the sides.
You should also come with your own packed food and drinks for an impromptu picnic as the area doesn’t offer any restaurants or stalls. The ethereal silence prevailing here is a balm for city-bred souls. Conserving nature is of prime importance here and you are invited to refrain from moving in these parts after dark as wild elephants and bison are known to stray onto the roads.
As the waterfall is located in the foothills of the Western Ghats, you can enjoy its wild and refreshing bounty of abundant flora and fauna, some of which fall among the endangered list. This is a paradise for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts as well as nature lovers.
Come enjoy in the lap of nature’s paradise – the waters are waiting for you!