Pressed for time on a visit to Kerala? Here are the best weekend getaways around Kochi. From backwaters to tea plantations, hill stations to beaches; there are plenty of wonderful options to choose from to make your weekends fun filled and rewarding. All within a distance of around 200kms, it’s not just the destination, but the journey that will leave you wanting to return again and again.
Located in Alappuzha district, Marari is well-known for its astonishing beaches, easily the best in the state. It is also notable for the Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple.
Distance from Kochi: 43kms
Acclaimed for the Thekkady Lake and Periyar National Park, this is a favourite tourist spot. Elephants, tigers, gaur, sambar, lion-tailed macaques, and nilgiri langurs can all be found here.
Distance from Kochi: 158kms
Memorable for its gently rolling hills with rounded tops and lush greenery, Vagamon is a peaceful weekend getaway for the entire family. Meadows, tea estates, and pine forests are its other attractions.
Distance from Kochi: 103kms
A sleepy little village that shot to fame through the Malayalam film Ordinary, Gavi is a hidden beauty of Pathanamthitta district in Kerala. Entry passes need to be procured from the Forest Checkpost before entering the area.
Distance from Kochi: 170kms
A superb location to just lay back and rest, Varkala presents tranquil beaches with breathtaking views from the cliffs that border the shores. Indulge your vacation in wining and dining at the myriad cafes dotting the place.
Distance from Kochi: 160kms
The cultural capital of the state thrives with historic temples such as Vadakkunnathan and Guruvayoor. The region also has nature reserves such as Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary and Peechi Wildlife Sanctuary.
Distance from Kochi: 86kms