Pressed for time on a visit to Kerala? From all 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. Here are the best weekend getaways around Kochi.
A water paradise with backwaters, Kuttanad is a picturesque retreat that offers a relaxing time away. It is also renowned for its annual boat race on the Punnamada backwater.
Time: The exact time to visit Kuttanad is between October and March
Distance: 74.6 km via NH 66
Mainly located in Alappuzha district, Marari is also well-known for its astonishing beaches, easily the best in the state.
Time: September to May is the best time to visit
Distance from Kochi: 43km distance
Idukki is a highly alluring retreat for tourists in God’s Own Country. Mainly crowned with verdant mountains, it boasts of Anamudi, the highest peak in India.
Time: Throughout the year
Distance from Kochi: 119km
Thrissur is the best holiday destination for a holiday if it’s not just the senses you are trying to indulge. Known as the Cultural Capital of Kerala, it is that exotic location which will open your eyes to the world of beauty created through the craftsmanship of both men and the gods.
Time: Best time to visit Thrissur is Jan to Dec
Distance: 83Km- 1hour 20 min from Kochi
Vegamon is mainly a hill station that lies in the border of Kottayam and Idukki district of Kerala. It is an interesting tourist place for many newly-weds and shutterbugs. The lust green plains, blue hills, meandering rivers, gushing waterfalls, fresh and breezy air and the deep pine forest contribute in making this place a much sought- after holiday destination.
Time: From Jan to Dec is the best time to visit
Distance: 102Km from Kochi
The list of places to visit in Alleppey is more like a buffet of the best, more than what a traveler can wish for. With attractions like the Alleppey Beach and Vembanad Lake to woo nature lovers, the ancient town church and Mannarasala Temple for the culturally inclined, Alleppey is a traveler’s delight.
Time: Best time to roam around Alleppey is Nov to Feb
Distance: 53.0 km via NH 66