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Bring your shades along with the caps and comfortable clothes. We are headed to some of the best places to visit in Kochi! Cochin is a part of the Ernakulam district and is the biggest seaport city. With the blooming heritages and cuisines, Kerala, aka Gods Own Country is an active tourist place since the 1980s. The state is filled vastly with hills, beaches, waterfalls, dams, mountains.

If you love to see the beaches, then Kerala has lots of beaches where you can just sit by the beachside to watch the magnificent view, or you can also engage in some water sports. And breathe. A romantic getaway is a perfect opportunity to relax and there are lots of ways to do that in India, whether you venture to the countryside or spend some time on one of the beautiful beaches of the west coast.

From wildlife sanctuaries to temples, tourists get to experience nature much better than most places around. The easy-going locals are always intrigued by the outsiders and the conversations that comes up along. One can rent a self-drive car in Kochi to visit from place to place along with a travel guide. So with less far ado and more coconut oil, here are the most exceptional places near Kochi.

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1. Idukki


Idukki is the perfect summer tourist destination in South India and place to visit in Kochi. Nestled in the hills of the Western Ghats, the city enjoys a healthy climate. How many places can really boast of forests, lakes, waterfalls, walks, picnic spots in one place? Hiking, backpacking and camping are some of the things to do in Idukki.

The reservoir of the Mattupetty dam, the reservoir of the Malankara dam and the Mullaperiyar dam make interesting outings. Idukki also has many beautiful waterfalls, a sandalwood forest naturally, and the first dam of the Indian arch. Go explore on foot or relax in your luxurious accommodation. The city of the hills has a way to calm their tired souls.

Places to visit near Idukki are Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi, Mattupetty Dam, Malankara Dam, Mullaperiyar Dam, Parunthumpara, Meesapulimala. Full of spices and tea plantations, the place is about 150 km from Sabarimala that does not allow women in the age group of 10-60. You can find numerous animals with their cubs near the lakes in the wildlife park.

Having the best peaks of Kerala under its belt, Idukki is every locals favorite place to be. The hill stations have great weather to escape the humidity. Their peaks range as high as 2000 meters. The highest of them all is the Anamudi, which is 2695 meters. It has the most famous Idukki dam, as well the Pamba river, originates from here. This place offers a wide range of treks, species, and spice plantations.

2. Kottayam


This fantastic place is 63 kms away from Kochi and is known to have many things for tourists. From crafted stuff on the street to the plantations and selling commercial crops, Kottayam is the central part of Kerala. Apart from these, the place is home to the Kerala backwaters as well, prominently, the Kumarakom, the most famous backwater. Its cultural value is significant, as it is the gateway to Sabarimala.

3. Kumarakom


The village of Kumarakom is a group of small islands in Lake Vembanad, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which stretches across 14 acres, is a favorite haven for migratory birds and the paradise of ornithologists. Herons, darts, herons, trullos, aquatic birds, cuckoos, wild ducks and migratory birds like the Siberian stork visit here in flocks and fascinate all visitors.

A lovely recreational destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. At the Taj Garden Retreat, an old Bungalow-turned-Resort, you can go boating and fishing.

4. Thrissur


Thrissur has a vast history. Starting with its name, it is derived from Thiru – Shiva and Peru which means town of Shiva. It has some of the most famous temples and churches. Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple and Paramekkavu temple, Our Lady of Lourdes Syro-Malabar Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral are nice places near Thrissur. The most famous one is the Guruvayur Temple (Krishna temple), which is close by.

Thrissur is a Kerala's hub of culture and religion. Also, the biggest festival, Thrissur Pooram is held here. It is tagged by UNESCO as the worlds grandest festival, where colors, elephants, prayers, fireworks, locals, parties are combined for 36 hours. On the other hand, there are many famous rivers, waterfalls, dams, and sanctuaries here with places for couples to come and have fun.

5. Cherai Beach


This famous beach is only a couple kilometers away from Kochi, located in the Cherai village. The beach is a 15km stretch of sand, clean and pretty shallow waters. It also has a lagoon and a clear cut view of the ocean in the distance. There is a sideways and walkway for people to walk along the beachside, and the newly added lamps, that makes the beach more enjoyable at night.

The shores are filled with shells and other stunning things that the waves leave behind on the coast. Dolphins are a tourist attraction are, as well as the childrens park, and fishing, with Chinese fishing nets. The beach has a tourism festival every December.

6. Idamalayar Dam


Firstly, the place looks so good that tourists feel like staying there, and never think of leaving. It is a heaven for most people for its serenity hooks onto you. The dam is 76 kms away from Kochi and is one of the most vital reservoirs for Kerala. It has a majority of unique species there. This is built on the Idamalayar river, which connects to the Periyar river. There are many forests around, and for tourists, there is a bird – watching, trekking, biking activities, boating.

7. Fort Kochi


It is one of the best place to visit in Kochi and is about 17 kms away from Cochin. The place is a mix of British, Dutch, French, Portugal and Indian culture. Even just walking and looking around is fun at Fort Kochi. There are so many places to visit in here, like the Vasco da Gama square where the people come to see the locals fishing using Chinese fishing nets that are 10 m high.

At the heart of Kochi, there is a very famous church, called the St. Francis church, which is the first European church in Kerala. Legend has it that Vasco Da Gama was buried here and years later his son took his body to Lisbon. There’s always something to witness.

8. Alleppey


An ideal winter destination in India surrounded by numerous lagoons that are interconnected with large lakes, rivers and canals that run along the Arabian Sea. Board the House Boat (Kettuvallam). This type of boathouse in Kerala, traditionally a barge to transport rice, is today specially arranged to spend a pleasant cruise.

Discover the lives of locals at the edge of Kerala's backwaters, visit the villages or churches that line the canals and rivers and enjoy typical Kerala dishes with sweet spices.

The Venice of India, Alleppey is a popular tourist spot in South India. Enjoy cruising in the backwaters on a houseboat. It doesn't matter how tired you feel after exploring Kerala but, a houseboat cruise through the backwaters will surely rejuvenate you. Kerala has hundreds of luxurious houseboats that cruise over the backwaters while offering you an amazing stay experience for a lifetime. You can sail and have meals throughout the day and rest in the stationary houseboat at night.

Take time to be pampered with Ayurvedic therapies and treatments. Savor the delicious cuisine. Go bird watching, visit the villages in the Reagua or explore the incredible architectural wonders of the reeds. Heal your weary spirits in the blessed surroundings of Alleppey. Places to visit Alleppey are Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Marari Beach, Karunakaran Museum revival, Marari Beach, Punnamada Lake, Pathiramanal, and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha.

Pathiramanal is a beautiful uninhabuted island in the middle of backwaters on Muhamma-Kumarakom water route that can be accessed only by boat. It is surrounded by Lake Vembanad on one side and Lake Kayamkulam on the other side and is home to thousands of migratory birds from different parts of the world.

9. Munnar


Munnar is one of the most unique hill stations in South India and an ideal honeymoon pleasure spot. Known as the land of the three rivers, due to the convergence of the Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers here, Munnar is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The atmosphere is a romantic and dreamy, with fresh air and green to add to it.

Although there are many activities to do in Munnar, strolling in tea plantations and lush green forests will definitely get in touch with your inner being in the midst of nature. There are many wildlife sanctuaries in the surrounding forests, where you can go and spot exotic animals such as the Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur, Greylag Giant Squirrel and Nilgiri Langur, as well as the elephants.

The most unique thing about this hill station is that every 12 years the blue hills with Neelakurinji flower in full bloom. This phenomenon is the reason why these hills are known as Nilgiris. While it's cold here all the time, the best time to visit Munnar is during the summers from March to May, to beat the heat of the city.

Munnar has tea gardens and colonial heritage, and is also a popular destination for travelers from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. You can explore this hill town and savor its irresistible scenic treats.

10. Vagamon


To witness and feel the best of Vagamon, a famous hill station located on the border of the Idukki and Kottayam districts of Kerala, choose summer. The place is nice at that time of year. Summer highlights all the beautiful features of the mountain station.

The pleasant climate and the cold sea air are discarded by the climate of Vagamon from March to May. The clear sky pleasant sun and the fresh fragrance of tea leaves refresh the mind and soul and make the summer a better choice for tourists who are looking for a visit to Vagamon. Vagamon is famous for green valleys, photography, green hills, crevices and majestic pine forests.

Vagamon hill station has three charming hills such as Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill, and Kurisumala. Vagamon enjoys a healthy temperature throughout the year, compared to other hill stations in Kerala. Visitors can enjoy elephant rides without problems during the summer.

Vagamon is also a sought after place for adventure lovers and secret places to visit in Kerala. With paragliding, hiking and trekking opportunities, Vagamon serves the purpose of sporting activities and gives the much needed adventure option for visitors. If you like adventure, take days off in the summer, get yourself to Vagamon and enjoy the fun-filled hiking and trekking experience. Vagamon is also best known for kayaking, canoeing and boating. The Lakes in Vagamon are very famous and attractive.

11. Kochi Marine Drive


It is one of the most preferred places to visit in Kochi of locals when they want to spend some time with their friends and family. It's one part of the city that witnesses thriving business round the clock. Marine Drive is also famous for sporting numerous shopping malls visited by the locals and tourists alike.

You can find two bridges in this part of the city. These bridges are namely, the Rainbow Bridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge.

12. Kochi Jewish Synagogue


Jewish Synagogue is also known as Paradesi Synagogue. It is one of the oldest synagogues. This fort was built by the people of the Jewish community in the year 1568.

13. Kochi Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica


This church has a unique history. It was built by the Portuguese. But in the year 1558, it was granted the status of Cathedral by Pope Paul IV. Several wars took place after 1558 but finally, in the year 1984, this place was recognized as Basilica by revered Pope John Paul II.

14. Kochi International Marina


If you have been planning to shop for yachts, Kochi International Marina would be an excellent choice.

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15. Museum of Kerala History


If you want to learn about a place, what would be a better option than visiting a museum. Museum of Kerala History has a collection of sculptures that speak about the bygone era. If you visit the museum, you can spot a statue of Parasurama. Legend says that he is responsible for the existence of Kerala in the first place. You can always explore the section of doll collection, art gallery etc.

16. Kochi Vasco da Gama Square


You can visit the Vasco da Gama Square if you want to relax on the Kochi beach. You can eat from stalls that line the beach and choose from coconut water, ice creams etc.

17. Kochi Hill Palace


Located nine kilometres away from the city centre, Hill Palace is an archaeological museum. It is one of the largest in the whole of Kerala.

18. Kochi MG Road


No trip is complete without your suitcase full of shopping bags. If you have been planning to spend money on purchasing worthy articles, you should visit MG Road. You will find a range of shops selling spices, jewellery, clothes and handicrafts. There is no dearth of options if you are willing to spend money.

There's one thing in common, all of these places have the best foods to experience the Kerala cuisine! With so many things to do in Kochi, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags! Your summer vacation is here.
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13 comments:


  1. Holiii !!
    I love visiting all the places where there are waterfalls. I love photographing them.
    Good day!!

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  2. I would love to visit the Athirapaly waterfalls. I've always found waterfalls very therapeutic. And by the fact that a lot of animal species can be found there, I'm impressed. No wonder tourists love the place!

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  3. So many waterfalls! I love seeing them - it's an amazing natural thing!

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  4. We recently visited there. I loved the munnar hills stay. Kerala is so beautiful. I didn't know about Kochi fort.

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  5. i think this is a great place to be this summer. thanks for sharing.

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  6. I've never been here but I would love to visit. It looks like such a beautiful place.

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  7. I have many colleagues from Kerala and they have encouraged me to visit their beautiful state. This is a fantastic guide to assist in the trip planning.

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  8. These all look like really pretty places to visit! I especially love the waterfalls!

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  9. There are a few places on the list that I hadn't heard of. Clearly India has a lot to offer to the tourist. I particularly liked the section on the Athirapally Waterfalls.

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  10. i'd love to go to Kochi one day! the pictures from there always look amazing! Truly a bucket list material.

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  11. This is truly a wonderful work of nature, Kochi really has lots to offer for us traveler. This is definitely a place we must include in our bucket list.

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  12. I'm always so intrigued and impressed by the gorgeous views around our world! What a beautiful place to visit!

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  13. They all do sound like some pretty great places. And i like you enjoy some of the places based on how good the cuisine is and the restaurants they have.

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