God’s own country, Kerala, has a bouquet of travel destinations; hill stations, back waters, beaches, historical monuments, shopping, eateries, all bunched together in one string. With Kochi as the base one can plan and travel to all genres of destinations whenever they have a free weekend.
Kumarakom and Alleppey:
Approximately around 60 kilometres from Kochi, Allepey and Kumarakom back waters are referred to as ‘Venice of the East’. With a vivid scenery, luxury resorts, house boats, home stays and local delectable cuisine, the back waters are an enticing weekend getaway from Kochi.
About 130 kilometres from Kochi is the choicest of hill stations, Munnar. The gurgling brooks, rambling hills, dancing green tea leaves and the wonderful mountain air makes you want to rush to Munnar every weekend if you are in Kochi.
Just about 160 kilometres from Kochi is Thekkady. This place takes you directly into the lap of nature with its lush greenery and rippling waters. Wander through the forests taking in the scents of spices like pepper, cloves and nutmeg and stop at the town for a refreshing cup of the native filter coffee. Camp out at night to experience the pure air, forest smells and the sight of fireflies lighting up the sky.
Drive down around 220 kilometres to visit the crowing jewel of Kerala, Kovalam. The Arabian Sea at Kovalam is at its beautiful best with some mesmerizing views of sunsets that have you rooted to the spot. The three crescent beaches of Kovalam lets you get your fill of beaches and the sea. Excellent and delicious cuisine of Kovalam are a yummy add-on.
You can venture out a bit further and travel about 300 kilometres to the tip of India that is Kanyakumari. The scenic drive along the coastal line is incentive enough. Experience the unique sight of the sun setting over the Arabian Sea when the moon is rising above the Bay of Bengal at this peninsula. In addition to its ancient and mythological temples, Kanyakumari is famous for the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Our Lady of Ransom Church.