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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular tourist attractions around Kochi?

Reema Bhalla DEC 10 2012
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The beauty of Kerala is known to all to be divine, no wonder it is called ‘God’s own country’! So, while you are in the heart of this splendorous state, why not take a step ahead and go further to explore the regions nearby Kochi. You will be spellbound by the beautiful places that lie only a few kilometres away from here. Let’s look at few of the fantastic options you will have:

  • Athirappilly Falls

    The Athirappilly Falls is located in a small place called Athirappilly in the Thrissur district of Kerala. It is a majestic waterfall that is that is 78 km from Kochi. It is set at the entrance of the Sholayar ranges and is often nicknamed as the Niagara Falls of India. It is part of the Chalakudy River that originates in the Anamudi mountains of the Weastern Ghats.

    The very sight of this waterfall refreshes and rejuvenates an onlooker’s body and soul. Flowing through the
    Vazhachal Forest toward the Arabian Sea the waterfall cascades along offering the most bewitching sights you have ever seen in your lifetime. Combined with the greenery, it infuses freshness into any tired soul. The Athirapally Falls finally joins the Chalakkudy river after crashing down from an altitude of 80 feet high.

  • Cherai Beach

    Cherai beach is a serene beach located 30 km away from Kochi in the Vypin Island. It is a 15 km long beach with golden sand and an excellent spot where tourists come for sunbathing and swimming. The Cherai Lagoon is again a strikingly gorgeous. So, once you are in Kochi you must visit this place to enjoy the beauty of nature.

  • Kalady

    The birthplace of Sri Adi Sankaracharya, the monotheist Hindu philosopher, Kalady is located 48 km northeast of Kochi. It is situated on the banks of river Periyar or Poorna. Sri Adi Sankaracharya was a great saint and philosopher who travelled throughout India on foot, accompanied by scholars and spreading his theory of monotheism or Advaita.

  • Kodanad

    30 kilometres north-east of Kochi on the lower ranges of the Western Ghats on the banks of river Periyar, Kodanad is situated. It is a famous wildlife reserve in Kerala that is well known for the Asiatic Elephants. It is also one of the largest elephant training centres in India. There is also a mini zoo where you can see numerous species of the animal kingdom conserved in a secure environment.

  • Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

    Situated 60 km away from Kochi, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary also known as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located in a small town called Kothamangalam Taluk of Ernakulam district on the northern bank of the Periyar River. Nature lovers especially bird watchers flock into the sanctuary to witness the different species of birds found here.

  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekkady

    Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady is a famous tiger reserve in the state of Kerala. It is a wonderful place for ecotourism where people can witness the wildlife living in a peaceful environment. It is situated 190 km east of Kochi and takes an easy drive from there. Animals like bisons, antelopes, elephants, monkeys, sambar deers and bears can be found in their natural habitat in this world famous wildlife sanctuary.

Other places that you can visit near Kochi are Bhoothathankettu, Chottanikkara Temple and Malayattoor etc.  So, go ahead and explore this exotically beautiful state of Kerala.

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