7 Perfect Weekend Getaways from Kochi in the Monsoon

7 Perfect Weekend Getaways from Kochi in the Monsoon
God’s own country beckons, Photo Credit: Dmitry Rukhlenko/Shutterstock

Pack your bags and gear up for a magical drive to these destinations in Kerala

Aroshi Handu
August 18 , 2020
08 Min Read

Kochi, with its rich culture, lush greenery, golden beaches, and serene backwaters tends to outshine the state’s capital Thiruvananthapuram on many fronts. Once called the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city was an important trading center for spices, and finds mention in several writings by tradesmen and travellers. Kochi is no stranger to tourist attractions which is why sometimes it helps to explore surrounding areas as well. Kerala with its thick forests, graceful waterfalls, exotic beaches and the sweet aroma of plantations that tinge the air, draws tourists in from far and wide.


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The serene backwaters of Alappuzha have seen many beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Also known as Alleppey, this weekend getaway will make you fall in love with countryside life. Escape into the wilderness, indulge in some well-prepared seafood, and hire a houseboat to laze around in the backwaters. The place is also host to a number of temples and churches built in Kerala’s traditional architectural style. Don’t leave without trying the local chicken curry and porotta which will have you licking your fingertips. 


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A paradise for nature lovers, Marayur is the only place in Kerala where sandalwood trees grow naturally. This tiny village on the slopes of the Western Ghats has roots as far back as the stone age. Add the Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary to your bucket list to get an introduction to hundreds of bird species, migrating butterflies, and other mammals including the rare white bison. Enjoy a nice evening by the Pambar River and pop in to see the Thenkasinathan Temple nearby.


A vast expanse of tea plantations in Munnar

Sitting at the confluence of three rivers, this hill station nestled in the Western Ghats will wow you with its pristine beauty and genial climate. Home to the famous Neelakurinji flowers that bloom every 12 years, the surreal beauty of this place can best be enjoyed by relaxing and soaking in the surroundings on a long weekend trip. There is a lot to do here from trekking, paragliding, tea picking, and boating. Munnar is known for its delectable street food so don’t forget to gorge on lip-smacking dishes and wash it down with a beverage from the plantations.


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Whether you stroll on the beach, take a dip in the sea or climb onto a local fishing boat, the mesmerising charm of Mararikulam will woo you with its simplicity. Known for the stunning beach, this small village is the perfect place to self-isolate from the city crowds while sipping on fresh coconut water.


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Hill station meets wildlife haven in this destination tucked inside the slopes of the Western Ghats. This fragrant land is alive with the smells of its aromatic spice plantations of cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon, nutmeg, and tea. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar Lake — a perfect spot to observe animals in their natural habitat. You can take a tour of the wild reserve by boating, trekking, or by jeep. Visit the ancient temple inside the reserve dedicated to Mangala Devi. Be sure to get a relaxing Ayurvedic massage here. Most resorts and homestays offer them with seasonal therapies.


An early morning view of Vagamon Hills

Considered one of the most attractive places to visit in the country, this sleepy town has gushing waterfalls, thick pine forests, rolling meadows, and a hauntingly beautiful landscape. On the Murugan hill lies the Murugan temple which is famous for its beautiful stone-age carving. This hill station offers a number of adventure sports, gorgeous flora, and tea gardens with year-round pleasant climate. 


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It might be the smallest district in the state, but it sure does mean business. It's known as the ‘pilgrim capital of Kerala’ because of Sabarimala, the most significant and controversial pilgrim site in India. This place boasts of a rich legacy of crafts and culture. For instance, the traditional dance of padayani, and the aranmula kannadi, a mirror made of metal alloy.

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