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iXiGOers Apr 11 2013

What are the top weekend getaways from Kochi?

Benazir Khan Apr 11 2013
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The first European colonial settlement in India, Cochin has carved an impressive niche for itself and is also known as the Gateway to Kerala. Historically rich in culture, the city has witnessed settlements ranging from the Portuguese to the Chinese. A perfect starting point before exploring the vast diversity of Kerala, Cochin has a number of weekend getaways, just take a look at a few.


1. Alleppey (53 km from Cochin)


This beautiful Land of Exotic Backwaters is just 53 km away from Cochin. Packed with alluring serenity and mesmerizing beauty, Alleppey will bowl you over. Alleppey is known as the Venice of East given the plethora of waterways which form an intricate channel of lakes, lagoons and canals. The place is a utopia for nature lovers due to its alluring backwaters, pristine scenic beauty, picturesque beaches and beautifully lined dense coconut and pine trees. Apart from this, there are several religious historic attractions which reflect the rich past of this wonderful place. Check out Alleppey Travel Guide to know more about the places to see, restaurants etc.


2. Guruvayoor (108 km away from Cochin)


Guruvayoor is one of the most pious and significant pilgrimage destinations of India, just 108 km away from Cochin. The holy abode of Lord Vishnu on earth, this city houses the Shree Krishna temple which is among the 108 most divine temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Other attractions here include Institute of mural painting, Mammiyoor temple, Chamundeswari temple and Parthasarathy temple along with the others. The city overflows with devotees every year, although entry of non-Hindus is strictly prohibited inside the temple. To know more about this place check out Guruvayoor Travel Guide.


3. Kodaikanal (122 km away from Cochin)


This "Princess of Hills" is located at a distance of 122 km from Cochin and is a great place to soak yourself in the green, fresh and picturesque surroundings. Kodaikanal, which literally means ‘The Gift of the Forest’, will offer its scenic landscapes and enthralling waterfalls to its visitors as gifts. Take a boat ride and explore the Christian culture of the place with the many beautiful churches. The must visit attractions here include Kodaikanal Lake, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Coakers walk, Pillar rock and Berijam Lake along with the others. To know about places to see, restaurants and hotels check out Kodaikanal Travel Guide.


4. Munnar ( 130 km away from Cochin)


A mesmerising hill station in Idukki district, Munnar is at a distance of 130 km from Cochin. The favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days, it is located at the confluence of three mountain streams - Nallathanni, Mudrapuzha and Kundala. The hill station in God's own country is known for its serenity and remarkable beauty, Christ Church, Echo Point, Tata tea museum and factory, Sita Devi Lake, Top station, Hill View Park and Mattupetti Dam being some the major tourist attractions. Check out Munnar Travel Guide to know more about this place.


5. Periyar national park (195 km away from Cochin)


Around 195 km from Cochin, Periyar Tiger Reserve will astound you with its 925 sq. km of hidden glades, wildflowers and importantly, sightings of elephants and tigers. Follow in the paw prints of the tiger along the Tiger trail, with remarkable sightings of langur and elephants along the way, and your trip to Periyar Tiger Reserve promises to be the most adventurous one yet. Periyar Tiger reserve, one of the more significant reserves of India, not only because of its tiger population, is home to diverse reptilian, bird, amphibian, butterfly and mammalian species. Whether you fall asleep to the whispering winds and wake up to the cacophony of bird songs or go for nature walks and solitary encounters with the heart of the reserve, a trip to Periyar Tiger Reserve will provide a true forest experience.


6. Ponmudi (222 km away from Cochin)


Situated at a distance of 222 km from Cochin, this beautiful hill station is adorned with scenic splendor and natural beauty, with a carpet of thick tropical forest rolling down to the foot of the hill range. The salubrious atmosphere and the twisted trails across clear streams offer beauty and tranquility to all its guests. Trekking is one of the popular activities here. Even though its is a small place, but Ponmudi does have a few attractions worth visiting, including Golden Valley, a number of rivulets and rapids, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary and Echo Point. Get more information on this beautiful hill station at Ponmudi Travel Guide.


7. Kovalam (235 km away from Cochin)


A little piece of 'paradise' on Earth, Kovalam is around 235 km away from Cochin. This Southern city of coconut trees, picturesque beaches and a relaxed holiday atmosphere, offers indulgence in luxurious Ayurvedic massages, lounging on the beach and sipping coconut water. Explore the serenity of nature in the four, sandy bays of Samudra, Kovalam, Hawa and Lighthouse beaches. Unwind and rejuvenate with Ayurvedic massages, the very best of Kerala. Take home a little bit of Kovalam with you in ornate rosewood and sandalwood statues and other charming handicrafts. Try Kovalam Travel Guide to know more about this place.


8. Madurai (270 km from Cochin)


An ancient city dating back to 550 AD, Madurai in Tamil Nadu is 270 km away from cochin. Known for housing age old temples in its heart, this place not only guarantee religious peace for the Hindu devotee, but also promises historical exploration and scholastic knowledge to their seekers. Mostly visited for the Meenakshi Temple of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva which is an brilliant example of Dravidian Architecture, the cityscape has a multiplicity of other temples like the Alagar Temple, the Koodal Alagar Temple and Thiruparankundram dedicated to various gods and goddesses along with Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Gandhi Museum. To get more information about this place check out Madurai Travel Guide.


9. Kanyakumari (309 km away from Cochin)


Located at the southernmost tip of India, at a distance of 309 km from Bangalore, Kanyakumari is known for its breathtaking beauty and serene environment. Blessed with stunning coastline and serene forests, Kanyakumari is famous for the confluence of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal, which is bound to leave any tourist awe-struck. Thiruvalluvar Statue, Udayagiri Fort, Gandhi Memorial are few of the attractions of this serene town. A trip to Kanyakumari is sure to give you memories for a lifetime.


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Kodaikanal is 300 Kms from Kochi...not 122!!!
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