From Athirapally, the city of Cochin is approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the southwest.
The area around Athirapally is wonderfully endowed with fabulous attractions, from firmly-established, must-see spots to lesser known nooks and crannies. Two places in the vicinity of Athirapally are Kollengode, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the south, and Kalady, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northeast.
Approximately 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the southeast of Athirapally is Munnar, an important regional city which is home to Carmal Church, Mathikettan Shola National Park and St. Thomas Marthoma. Eravikulam National Park and Mount Carmel Church are just a handful of the other visitor attractions in Munnar.
You'll find a few moments of quiet contemplation at Kerala's monasteries. Ask a local their favorite spots around Athirapally, they'll often suggest Kerala's fabulous gardens and open-air markets.
Exploring new destinations sometimes brings out the daredevil in travelers. If you're feeling adventurous, try paragliding. If the sun is shining while here, try some of the local water activities. Boating and snorkeling are two local options.
More often than not, a region's true personality can be found in the flavors and aromas of its kitchens. You'll see that coconut and seafood are regularly used ingredients in many local foods. Thalassery biryani (spicy rice dish with meat and vegetables and sambar (lentil and vegetable soup) are two options to sample. Kerala dishes such as mango pudding are also a good thing to try.
The closest major airport, Cochin International Airport, is situated in Cochin, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the southwest of Athirapally, so take that into account when booking your trip.