From tea plantations to backwater, beaches to hill stations, Kerala has got some of the fantastic weekend getaways. You don’t have much time in hand, but the urge to visit some of these places is high? You might not know but there are amazing weekend getaways near Cochin within a distance of 200 kilometers. Not just the place but the journey to the destination is also wonderful. You will be indeed amazed by the beauty of God’s Own Country.
Have a look at the top weekend getaways near Cochin and plan a fun-filled trip. Book cheap flight tickets with Indian Eagle right away!
Athirapally Falls, named as “The Niagara Falls of India”, is considered as one of the best waterfalls near Kochi. The waterfall flows from a height of 80ft into the Chalakudy River and is believed to be the entrance of Sholayar range. The area id encompassed by lush green forests which is shelter of rare animal species like sambar, the Asiatic elephant and lion-tailed macaque, among various other wild animals. Remember the waterfall in Bollywood movies Raavan and Dil Se? It is the same falls. Recently the waterfalls has adapted a new name – the ‘Bahubali Falls’ after it was featured in the Worldwide Blockbuster Bahubali. Now, who won’t want to witness the majestic falls for real?
How to reach: It is a scenic short drive of 2 hours from Cochin through the rolling hills and forests.
Places to Stay: The area has only one hotel, the Rainforest. The fact that the rooms offer a clear view of the magnificent falls makes it all the more special.
Planning a 2 day trip from Cochin but couldn’t pick a right place to spend the weekend with your partner? Well, one of the most romantic places is not so far from the state capital Kochi. We are talking about the beautiful Wayanad. Adorned with coffee, tea and spice plantations, the thick forest district is replete with various activities during monsoons. If you are an adventurer who wants to get started with the trekking experience here in Kerala, there are several trekking spots for beginners such as Meenmutty, Neelimala, Pakshipathlama and Chethalayam. In case you are just open for romantic and relaxing evening with your partner in the woods, go for long walks across the tea gardens. You can even plan a day’s picnic close to Banasura Sagar Dam. Imagine a night on the tree house with your beloved? What could be more romantic mate! Though, watch out for monkeys.
How to reach: Wayanad is a romantic drive of almost 7 hours from Kochi. You will be amazed while crossing those majestic waterfalls and misty hills.
Places to stay: You can choose any of the tree houses or a colonial bungalow at the Pepper Trail.
Situated at an elevation of 1600 meters from sea level, Munnar is among the most alluring hill stations near Kochi known for its pleasant weather throughout the year. It is home to Anamudi Peak (highest peak in the southern region) which makes it a paradise for trekkers. If you are planning a getaway with your friends, you will have a lot to do in Munnar like visiting the Eravikulam National Pak during rains – it is the time when Neelakurjini blooms (this miraculous view can be witnessed once in 12 years) blanketing the misty hills with the carpet of blue flowers. You can also pay a visit at the Tea Museum in Nallathanni Estate.
How to reach: Munnar is a 3-hour drive from Cochin. There’s a drop in temperature as you keep getting closer.
Places to stay: Book the Talavar Valley Bungalow that lies at the border of Eravikulam National Park.
Known for the popular snakeboat race help every August, Alappuzha is one of the best one day tour places from Cochin. It is indeed a must-visit for all the aquaphiles out there. Get on a cruise in the backwaters through the villages. You will have a great time on the houseboat while you enjoy the fresh traditional cuisine with an add-on of the tumbler of the famous filter coffee of South India. Explore the International Coir Museum and visit the several temples in the area once you are back on land.
How to reach: Alappuzha is a short drive of an hour from Cochin. It is one of the most surreal places you have ever explored.
Places to stay: Book a room in Punnamada Resort for a spectacular view of the lush verdant forests around.
Regarded as the backwaters gateway, Ashtamudi has got its name from the eight channels. Ashtamudi Lake is Kerala’s second largest lake stretched over an area of 16 kilometers. It is one among the longest backwater cruises in the country. Enjoy the 8km cruise ride from Kollam to Alappuzha to allure the verdant scenic views on both the sides. Make the booking In advance as some houseboats do not operate while heavy rains.
How to reach: Ashtamundi is a three and half hours journey from Kochi. Take breaks to capture some scenic pictures and selfies.
Places to stay: Book the Raviz Resor t & Spa in Ashtamudi as you will have the scenic views of the lake and there’s an Ayurvedic spa too!