Photographer's Note

Next stop a photo from famous Athirappilly Waterfalls, the Kerala’s Niagara.

The Athirappilly Waterfalls are situated around 300 m above sea level on the Chalakudy river, at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges of the Western Ghats.

Athirappalli is a scenic combination of forests and little streams. Falling from a height of 25m, this is one of the largest waterfalls in the Kerala state.

Many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna are found in the forests of the Athirapilly-Vazhachal area. This area is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species are seen.

The Western Ghats is one of the most important biodiversity hot spot in the world. This valuable natural world is already degraded by mining and hydro- electric projects.

Environmentalists claim that Athirapally is a one-of its-kind riparian ecosystem in Kerala. The International Bird Association has declared it an "Important Bird Area" and the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation has recommended that the area should be declared a sanctuary or a national park.

Athirappilly is very popular among tourists and the Athirappilly Water Falls is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. You must visit it if you are interested in waterfalls.

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Additional Photos by Miro Susta (mirosu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1573 W: 0 N: 3418] (16295)
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