8 best weekend getaways places from Kochi to visit during 2021
Regardless of the love people have for their jobs, it is important to beat those week-long blues and refresh the body, mind, and soul. The efforts will not just make one happy, calm, and energized, but also have several positive health benefits associated with it.
Long vacations are known to create their outcome on one’s schedule and the fear of returning to a large amount of is real. Therefore, weekend getaways are the perfect solution that can bring forth all the perks of staying off work and having fun with one’s friends and families.
Known for its natural beauty, Kerala is indeed the “god’s own country” and from backwaters to tea plantations, hill stations to beaches; there are several destinations around Kochi that can offer the perfect glimpses of natural landscapes to its visitors. Let’s have a look at the 7 best weekend getaways from Kochi:
1. Kadamakkudy islands
One of the less explored and must-see places near Kochi, Kadamakkudy is a picturesque destination that consists of 14 small islands. Situated just 15 kilometers from Kochi city, nature here has the perfect treat for your eyes and soul and you won’t regret the ride/drive that you had to take to reach this beautiful place.
Kadamakkudy has the perfect blend of rustic beauty and lush greenery adding to its charm and the ideal time to visit for awesome views would be either the sunrise or the sunset. Exploring the local food which mainly includes the seafood varieties would be an add-on activity you can do here if you are a foodie.
Although popular after the acclaimed film ‘Kumbalangi Nights’, Kumbalangi is the first declared model fisheries and tourism village of India. With the perfect balance of calmness, beauty, tradition, and culture, Kumbalangi is located just 10 kilometers away from the city in its outskirts.
Regarded as a must-visit destination for experiencing Kerala culture and cruising in its authenticity, Kumbalangi offers glimpses into the lives of the locals, who are mostly involved in agriculture and fishing. Watching the Chinese fishing nets scoping up fish in the backdrop of a sunset is worth the travel.
3. Cherai beach
Unlike many other beaches in Kerala, Cherai beach is very neat and clean. To add to its potential of elevating its visitor’s state of mind, Cherai beach has various water sports activities which makes it an ideal destination for anyone who loves a bit of adventure for their weekend.
Located around 30 kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Kochi city, Cherai beach is popular for a long time for its picturesque and tranquil surroundings and there is no doubt why it is the most visited beaches in Kerala.
4. Mararikulam beach
A secluded little known beach destination located around 40 kilometers from Kochi, Mararikulam beach was rated as one of the worlds top five hammock beach by the National Geographic survey.
Along with the pristine beach, Mararikulam beach offers backwater cruises, coastal side village experience that includes the authentic sea-food varieties and organic vegetables picked directly from the farm.
One of the popular tourist destinations in Kerala, Kumarakom is a cluster of small islands on the famous Vembanad Lake popular for its backwater tourism. The scenic views of the coconut groves in the backdrop of emerald backwaters and blue sky are one of the most significant sights of the god’s own country.
Located around 40 kilometers from Kochi, along with the fame for its pristine beauty and tranquility, Kumarakom also provides various refreshing ayurvedic experiences, water sports like angling, yachting, and boating, and several local delicacies.
6. Alleppey- Backwaters
Although Kerala has several small and large backwater destinations, the most popular one is in Alleppey and it is one of the must-see tourist destinations in the whole country. Located 50 kilometers away from Kochi, Alleppey a true paradise is also referred to as ‘Venice of the East’.
Frequented by thousands of travelers every year, this destination will never disappoint a traveler; be it a nature lover, wildlife enthusiast, photographer, or a simple wanderer. The must-do activity in Alleppey is the houseboat cruise through the palm-fringed waterways witnessing the pristine beauty of paddy fields, coconut groves, and Chinese fishing nets.
7. Athirapally falls
Another all-time favorite location among Keralites is Athirappilly waterfalls, which is located around 65 kilometers from Kochi. Nicknamed as “The Niagra Falls of India”, in order to reach the waterfalls, one needs to hike a short distance downhill through the green forest and the same makes it an adventurous memory.
Originating from the Anamudi mountains of the upper western ghats, the Chalakkudi river falls at a height of 80 feet and creating the largest waterfall in Kerala, which is located right at the beginning of the Sholayar forest range.
8. Wonderla Amusement Park
Wonderla (Earlier known as Veegaland) is one of the largest chains of amusement parks in India. A subsidiary of V-Guard Industries, the amusement park in Kochi was the first one set-up. Located just 25 kilometers away from the city, the amusement park offers a 50+ variety of rides and adventures for all ages to enjoy. Some of the popular rides are Recoil, Maverick, and Y-Scream. With the various water and land rides, thrilling adventures, and fun programs, Wonderla is one of the perfect weekend getaways to chill and have fun with your family, friends, or colleagues.
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