Charpa Waterfalls from Thrissur district of south indian state Kerala. This is only a small waterfalls you may encounter on your way to the famous Athirapally and vazhachaal Waterfalls. The forest area around this river is having rich plant and animal species, mostly the rarest ones seen in the southern part of western Ghats mountain ranges.
The dense rain and riparian forest around has the rare species of Horn bills-around four types of them, elephants, leopards, langoors etc.The chalakkudy river has the highest fish diversity among Indian rivers. This river which make the waterfalls is joining onto the Chalakkudy River's main stream soon below the falls.
The best season to visit all these places is monsoons if you want to see all the waterfalls in their full strength. And if you are here in monsoon this waterfalls ie the charpa will be falling onto the Road and may give you a bath inside the vehicle itself if you don't care to close the windows. Anyway death alarms are hearing to the wildlife, the rivers and the waterfalls here for exploiting all the nature for Hydro Electric dam projects, plantations, poaching, hunting etc by humans is onto its peak.
You can move along the way to the scenic places of Sholayar where there is a hydro electric dam project known as Chalakkudy dam or sholayar dam. If you move to valparai tn Tamilnadu their is another dam built in the same river by tamilnadu known as the upper Sholayar.
photos by Amit Dhruvan