Weekend Getaways from Cochin

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Cochin Weekend Getaways and Tourist Places to Visit

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Cochin is mesmeric place in south India and plays a key role in Kerala’s economy as it is the main hub of spice industries. There are multiple attractions in the city such as Fort Kochi in Ernakulam district, Veegaland Amusement Park, Cherai Beach, Cochin Palace, Willingdon Island and Mattancherry Palace.

However, if you are living in the city for a long time and have seen these attractions, then there are many places listed below where you could go on weekends to break the monotony.

You can book hotels in Cochin which provide a comfortable stay and are available in different price ranges. If you are looking for luxurious stay in 4-star or 5-star accommodation, there are many resorts in Cochin which promise to give you a memorable experience.

Places within 100 kms

One of the best spots for weekend tours near Kochi is Alleppey or Alapuzha, which connects Kumarakom and Cochin to the North. Present just 54 kilometres away from Cochin, it is the nearest destination to go for anyone who has had a stressful week and wants to just unwind on holidays. This is because of the picturesque sightseeing options, number of attractions and serene backwaters that are present in the area. For those staying overnight, a stay at a boathouse is a must. The boathouse lazily passes over the backwaters that are surrounded by miles of greenery and coconut trees and is the perfect way for anyone who want to click some photos and looking for peace and quiet from the city noise. There are number of home-restaurants that offer some traditional breakfast and food, so do not miss out on them too.

Another great tourist place for getaways near Kochi is Guruvayur. Present 95 kms away from the city, it is a great place to visit if one is an ardent fan of travel and tradition. The world-famous Guruvayur Devaswom is what makes it a place to visit during holidays. It is one of the biggest and most visited temples in the state surrounded by lush greenery. Guruvayur is best visited when there is the festival of Onam as the entire temple is decked in beautiful and vibrant colours and there is also an Elephant show to complement the entire festival.

Places within 200 kms

Munnar is one of the best and contrasting locations for weekend getaways Cochin can offer you. Present just 130 kilometres away from the city, Munnar is regarded as one of the most beautiful places for tourism in South India owing to the beautiful hills, lakes and number of attractions. This is also a great tourist place to get away from the heat of Cochin as weather in Munnar remains pleasant throughout the year and the temperatures rarely go above 25 degrees. This cold climate, coupled with some stunning views of the Western Ghats along with some good food is the best way that one can spend a weekend trip from Kochi.

Kollam, located at a distance of 135 kms from Kochi, is an old sea port and is one of the Kerala backwaters destinations known for its culture and history. The place is hub of India’s cashew trading industry and is one of the top trade centres in Kerala. Kollam is blessed with amazing features – mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, sea and every variety of tropical crop, which makes it a good place to visit on weekends from Cochin.

Another place for Cochin weekend getaways is Thekkady (Periyar). The place is famous for the tiger reserve as well as the picturesque natural scenery that surrounds the place. There are a few lakes in and around the city covered by some long and green trees that provide the perfect place for a trekking trip. For anyone who is looking to trek or hike, or spend a weekend with nature away from Kochi, Thekkady reserve is the best place for one to do so. Present at a distance of just 163 kilometres away from the city, there are also other activities such as Kathakali dances and traditional performances to whet the appetite of any art and leisure lover.

Places within 300 kms

Sticking with the theme of naturally beautiful tourism places in Kerala that are great picnic spots near Cochin, Wayanad is one of the places of interest that pop up for anyone who wishes to spend some quality time with the lush greenery and picturesque sightseeing in the state. Present 260 kilometres away from Cochin, Wayanad is the best tourist place to visit during a long weekend holidays. With winding and endless rows of tea and coffee plantations to go along with the amazing hills and trees. Do not forget to savour some of the local food as well as coffee and tea.

Varkala, located about 162 kms from Cochin, is one of the most beautiful places to visit around Cochin for those looking to mix it up with one of the most picturesque beaches in South India. It is the best place in fact, for weekend getaways from Cochin owing to the great drive down and almost breath-taking view of the Arabian Sea. One of the most striking features about Varkala is that it has one of the biggest cliffs in the South India that overlooks the beach below. Also present are a lot of international tourists who love the place and have set up base in the town. There are number of things to do such as playing beach sports and backwater cruising.

Other places around Cochin

If you have the luxury of spending an extremely long weekend and are looking for hilly terrain to trek outside of Kerala, Coorg is the perfect tourist place for you to unwind and relax amidst some of the best tea and coffee plantations in the country. Present in the state of Karnataka, Coorg is 329 kilometres away and is the top destination during summer holidays for both domestic and international tourists.

Another tourism place to visit over a very long weekend away from Kochi is Kanyakumari, which is about 301 kilometres away from the city. It is home to some of the most historic temples in the city which can be accessed easily car owing to its proximity from the city. Kanyakumari also has some excellent beaches and the Tamil Nadu seafood is something that cannot be missed while on a trip to Kanyakumari.