Vazhachal Falls is a cascade and there was sufficient water because of the opening of Peringalkuthu Dam. The great thing about travel is it’s a fun way to learn about things. Here, we tasted some lip-smacking fish fry, a sought after dish in the area. Recently, the students and teachers of School of Tourism Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, decided to celebrate National Tourism Day with a day trip to Iringole Sacred Grove, Athirappilly and Vazhachal Waterfalls, and Ezhattumugham. We then sat on the rocks, where we enjoyed getting sprayed by the water, and clicked attractive pictures. A few years ago, the grove, also referred to as ‘the green lungs of Perumbavoor’, was selected as a biodiversity heritage site by the Kerala state Biodiversity Board.Rubber Ring Gasket Even one-day trip to Iringole Sacred Grove and Athirappilly Waterfalls can open your eyes. To ensure the safety of visitors, the entry to the Chalakudy river bed at Vazhachal was fenced. It was an excellent experience. All in all, it was an excellent way to celebrate National Tourism Day. We trekked to the bottom of the falls to get a better view.Chalakkudy riverAfter lunch, we proceed to see the Prakrithi Gramam in Ezhattumugham. The journey to the falls from Chalakudy was awesome. We saw devotees who were lining up for the morning pujas.Tour members at the sacred Iringole groveWe left Kottayam early in the morning and our first stop was the Iringole Sacred Grove, the second largest of its kind in the state.Vazhachal fallsWe then proceeded to the Athirappilly and Vazhachal Waterfalls.The writer is a lecturer at the School of Tourism Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. The roads are dotted with teak trees, rubber plantations and oil palms. The hanging bridge links Ernakulam and Thrissur districts and we enjoyed a walk on it. The prime attractions here are the hanging bridge and a check dam built across Chalakudy river. At Ezhattumugham, we even swam in the cool waters of the river. We then went to see Athirappilly Falls, the largest in Kerala.
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