A Kerala Day – Athirapally & Vazhachal falls; Thumboormuzhi Dam & Hanging Bridge

Kochi day one was spent in a seafood lunch at Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi. To reach that place our car had to be ferried to other side of the water. The above two incidents had enough X factor to start a exciting tour. 

When your family inside a car are being ferried!

The Chinese fishing nets experience is a must do at Kochi – buy fresh seafood from the fishermen and take to any small dingy outlet to there cook for you. We took a mix of king fish (spicy fried later), lobsters grilled and Karimeen (pearl spot) fish in banana leaf. Pure non veg meal – no rice, no curry, no bread and just some drinks.

Lobsters, King fish & Pearl Spot fish!

Since we have done Kochi before (2007, 2010) on Day two, this time, we ventured unchartered territories. We took a tour of Thumboormuzhi dam and hanging bridge, Athirapally falls and Vazhachal falls. From our Cherai beach resort it was worth a 8hr trip.

A baby pineapple clicked on the way
Our travel guide Febin (under Lijo Jose travels – very highly rated in trip advisor) picked us at 11am and we were back by 630pm.

The magnificient Thumboormuzhi hanging bridge

Our first stop Thumboormuzhi dam and hanging bridge was actually best of the lot. The suspended bridge does shake as people move around and that gives a wobbly feeling! The view from the bridge is fantastic and something you can admire for hours. 

Breathtaking dam views and place to admire for hours

The area has enough activities for kids (park with slides etc) and adults (hike through rocky terrain, wade through knee deep water, admire the lush green spot laced with mountains and water gushing through the dam). This is a must do immediately after rainy season (Sep-Dec). 

Pretty park and kiddie rides

Word of caution, toilets in this part of the world are very bad to worth throwing up. Stretch your bladders and whenever you find a decent toilet, use it!

My family on the hanging bridge

Athirapally falls was our next stop and this waterfall has been made popular thanks to shooting of the blockbuster superhit movie Bahubali. While the water falls is majestic and worth a view, however the pathway from ticket counter to the viewing spot is rocky and very steep in parts. 

Athirapally falls – where scenes of the epic movie Bahubali was shot

My Woodlands sandals gave away during my ascend and descend of this path. Hence the effort is too much and view not worth that much effort. Unless if you crave for a waterfalls view. I would recommend watching Bahubali movie on big screen instead, its epic.

The shortcuts to the falls could be as steep as this!

The other waterfall, Vazhachal, doesn’t have a great fall, it’s more of water gushing down a slope. Again, not as great worth the walk, the time, the wet rocky path and the mischievous monkeys. 

Vazhachal falls

The ticket prices aren’t a concern, they barely cost 100 INR = 2 SGD = 1.5 USD nett for tickets (for two adults two kids), parking fees and camera charges, for both waterfalls. 

Athirapally amongst lush thick green kerala

Unless you are a waterfall fan I will reccomended you to only see the Thumboormuzhi dam and the hanging bridge and then proceed to the revered Guruvayur Temple and elephant sanctuary. A word of caution – the temple has dress codes for men (bare top and a mundu in bottom) and ladies (salwar or saree) and meant only for Hindus or atleast people who believe in Hinduism. The elephant sanctuary doesn’t allow photography. Now you know why I skipped them and instead went for waterfalls!

My family chilling

Back to my day and one of the highlights was our lunch at a shady smallish Chinese restaurant. When in India, as a budget tourist, to keep your stomach free from any bugs, ironical as it may sound, best to always have Chinese food. Our meal had soft paneer chilly and chicken chowmein. It was a restaurant between the hanging bridge and Athirapally falls. Total bill for two adults, two kids and our travel guide – barely 750 INR = 15 SGD = 11 USD. Street and highways food in India are cheap, great taste and give unique experiences!

Highway on my plate! Paneer Chilly and Chicken Chowmein – In India chinese food is safest to keep stomach free from flu

Day three (tomorrow) is dedicated to shopping and after that we proceed to Delhi and Agra on a VMF – Vacation only to Meet Friends. I do this often, cause friends make me what I am and for us seeking FriendsBond >> Pokemon!

Chilli Ginger Lime Juice! Really?
Cheers! With the most unique drink I ever had – Chilli Ginger Lime juice! Each sip gave a kick to all my sensory organs! Yeah Chilli and Ginger in a drink – welcome to Kerala, India!

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