The Best Weekend Getaways from Kochi, India
Boating at Thekkady | © Pratheesh Mishra/Wikimedia Commons
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.
A water paradise with backwaters, Kuttandad is a picturesque retreat that offers a relaxing time away. It is renowned for its annual boat race on the Punnamada backwater.
Distance from Kochi: 74kms
Perfect for a hill station retreat, Munnar has cool climes and the highest elevation in Kerala. With plentiful tea plantations, it is also a great place to catch up on some of the most impressive flora and fauna.
Distance from Kochi: 130kms
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
Fishing is the main activity at Mararikulam and undoubtedly seafood is a must have delicacy when here | © nborun/Flickr
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
The sight of wild elephants coming down to drink water at the river is much awaited by tourists and photographers © Ben3john/Wikimedia Commons
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
Green meadows of Vagamon | © @indiyatrik/Instagram
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
Camping in the forest can be done from November to March © Samson Joseph/Wikimedia Commons
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
Loosen up with an ayurvedic massage at the beach precincts © Nikolas Becker/Wikimedia Commons
One of the eminent dams in Kerala, Malankara Dam affords remarkable views. Built across the Thodupuzha River, it has resulted in the creation of a dazzling lake that draws tourists.
Distance from Kochi: 67kms
One of the all-time favourite beach destinations for local as well as international tourists, Kovalam is well loved for its black sands. The prominent lighthouse at the beach adds to its charm.
Distance from Kochi: 211kms
Distance from Kochi: 86kms
This neighbouring district of Kochi is recognised for its temple festivals © Manojk/Wikimedia Commons