Bangalore –Kochi – 2 days – Aug 2012 – Day 1
The trip to Athirapally was overshadowed with the fact that we needed to find a nice veggie place to have lunch. That doesn’t mean the views weren’t beautiful! Actually we were ooh and aaah-ing all the way!
The actual arrival at Athirapally was, however, punctuated with heavy rainfall. We literally had to dive for cover the moment we got out of the car. The shopkeepers outside the gates made a killing in the sale of umbrellas, and we contributed to their day! Bought a nice umbrella, which could be used as a walking stick when not held over the head. This last bit was not shared with hubby before buying though! 😉
Once we started along the path though, the rain stopped. That was ok. I really am not much of a fan of rains… at least not while I’m exposed to it, umbrella notwithstanding. Down the path, there were some people in the water enjoying it. I couldn’t really see the waterfall, but seeing the people enjoying themselves made me want to go down there. The only problem was that there were no step on that direct path. The path was simple wide stone all the way down. That was so not something I wanted to try. Someone pointed out a stone path to the right, saying it led to the waterfall. So we took off down that path. We kept going down and down along a steep stone path. Finally we figured that the people up there were enjoying the water before the fall!
Once we came up to the waterfall however, all thoughts of how I dislike getting wet went right out of my mind. It was gorgeous. No wonder Mani Ratnam keeps coming back to shoot his movies and songs here. In fact I feel he doesn’t do the power and beauty of the waterfall justice!!!
After getting thoroughly soaked by the waterfall and the rain (which restarted), we made the long trek back up. We hadn’t thought much about getting wet in the water (neither of us are water babies), so we hadn’t been prepared with spare clothes. So after a brief respite at one of the shelters along the way where we waited for the excess water to drip off our clothes, we stayed with wet clothes for the rest of the trip.
The next stop was the Vazhachal Falls. Along the way though we stopped at another small waterfall that lay just along the side of the road, providing a lovely view. The Charpa Waterfalls is part of the same Chalakudy River system as the Athirapally and the Vazhachal Falls. After a mini photo session, we were off to the Vazhachal range.
It’s actually not correct to call them falls here. They are more a series of rapids, with a nice garden for picnics and a medicinal garden. The medicinal garden was closed, so we didn’t get a chance to see that. But the walk through the gardens with the rapids on the side was a nice experience.
Finally we made our way back to the car and returned to Eranakulam. By this time we were really hungry. Here the driver was quite helpful, pointing out a choice of vegetarian hotels located near our hotel. So after a quick shower and change of clothes, we set off to the nearest one, Gokul. This was a mere 5 minutes walk from our hotel, and was definitely the best decision by far! The food was hot and very tasty.
After a full stomach, we slowly made our way back to the hotel, and called it a day.
- Kochi – Day I – Kalady (weekendholidays.wordpress.com)