Chalakkudi River is a unique geological system in that during its course of less than hundred kilometers, it has formed a number of geo sites, more than any other river in Kerala. it includes the riparian forests, the rapid fall of Vazhachal, the cascade fall of Athirappilly, the gorge at Charpa, meanders at multiple locations and South India’s only oxbow lake in Vynthala. This has every potential to be developed as a geo tourism spot.


A gorge is a narrow valley with steep, rocky walls located between hills or mountains. A Gorge seen in the stretch between Athirappally and Vazhachal waterfalls could be considered as a Geo site. The gorge is in the upper course of the River. The word “Riparian” itself means along the river margin. Plant communities seen along the river margins are commonly referred to as the riparian vegetation. The patches of Riparian Vegetation between Vazhachal and Athirappally falls represent rich low altitude riparian wet evergreen forests. Continuity of riparian vegetation could be seen in the area between Athirappally waterfalls and Thumboomuzhi gardens.


  • 65 km from Thrissur
  • 40 km from Chalakkudi


Please refer sections on waterfalls and Ecotourism for detailson waterfalls and oxbow lake.