Chalakudy is a municipal town located in Thrissur district in the state of Kerala in South India. It is rightly situated on the banks of the river named Chalakudy.This town serves as a base camp for all those native and foreign tourists who are bound for Vazhachal and Athirappilly waterfalls. It is located 36 km from Kochi if traveled by National highway no-47 and this spot is just 30 km from the district headquarter Thrissur.The river Chalakuddy flows across this town and it is regarded as one of the highest fish diversities of the state. According to the historians, this place had historical importance as it served the Mysore ruler, Tipu Sultan as the base of operations camp during his warriors attack on the Travancore lines. Later this place was under the Kingdom of Kochi and then occupied by the British.

The major and minor attraction of Chalakudy are Divine Retreat Centre, Potta, Vazhachal Falls, Athirappilly Water Falls, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary,Sholayar Dam, Kannanpuzha Temple, Kodassery, Moonjeli Church, West Chalakudy and Pisharikkal Bhagavathtei Temple. This town and its surrounding region are blessed with refreshing weather and scenic beauty. This town is well connected by Railways and National Highway.It also has all the amenities of a suburb.

Weather and Best Time to Visit

The town of Chalakudy can be visited at any time throughout the year. This particular hill station is always busy with native and foreign tourists. It is normally advised not to venture for trekking and go deep into waterfalls region during the rainy season. There are chance of flash floods and slight landslides in this region.These waterfalls can be best visited after the rainy season when there is a good flow of rainy water in these streams of the main river and its tributary.The summer season is best time to visit the major and minor tourist destinations in and around Chalakudy. It is to be highly noted that during the summer, the waterfalls in this region have a dry look.


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