The meaning of the words verdant and lush acquired new heights on today’s drive to Athirapally. Heavenly does not describe the feeling as your car moves through the tarred road (in excellent condition most of the way, which in itself is an achievement) flanked on either side by green in all its various shades in such abundance that it takes your breath away. The concept of Kerala being described as God’s Own Country acquired a whole new level of understanding.
The Athirapally waterfalls (24 metres or 80 feet) is located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division and the Sholayar ranges. (Wiki) This vertical fall is nicknamed “The Niagara of India”. The fall was not in its full majesty this time of the year. Still, it was more than worth the trip we made. Bad knees did not permit me to make the descent to the base of the falls though sis and brother in law took on the challenge.
While they were away, I looked for birds. The boards said it is home to more than 240 varieties. Sadly, I did not see even a single one though I could hear many. Finally I sat myself down and waited for them on this bench below.
Next stop was Vazhachal Falls which is a cascading one. This is the last part of the cascade.
Being a Sunday there were too many people around, truckloads of chattering students and tourists that enjoying the chatter of the flowing water became an impossibility.
Though we saw plenty of boards warning us of elephant crossings,we never chanced upon any. No deer either. Just monkeys and more monkeys.
Look our for more pictures on Shots and Captures in forthcoming days. My net connection is so bad here that I am keeping my fingers crossed even as I post this.