Places to visit near Kochi

Road Trips from Kochi

Although Kochi is a popular tourist destination and attracts a large number of visitors from around the world, it has a lot to offer for its residents. The backwaters make an ideal spot for viewing the migratory birds while the upper ranges of Western Ghats are home to some of the foamy waterfalls and majestic peaks. You must embark on a road trip to explore the landscape of nature around Kochi. here’s a lit of 5 places for a road trip from Kochi.  

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Vembanad Lake (50 KM)

The longest lake in India and the largest lake in Kerala, Vembanad Lake is the most-sought after tourist destination. The lake hosts the annual boat race event, Nehru Trophy Boat Race in August/September.

Kochi weekend getaway road trip vemnabad lake
Kochi weekend getaway road trip athirappilly

Athirappilly Falls (70 KM)

You must have seen this falls at least once if you are a movie buff. Athirappilly Falls is famously known for shooting movie scenes. Scenes from iconic films like Dil Se… and Baahubali have been shot at this location. Many other popular songs for Bollywood, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and Tamil films have been shot here.

Malankara Dam (70 KM)

An ideal destination for family picnics and get-togethers, Malankara Dam should be on your list for a weekend getaway. The reservoir of the dam, amidst the lush green hills of Western Ghats, creates a panoramic view of nature’s exuberance. The place is truly a paradise for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Kochi weekend getaway road trip malankara dam

Kochi weekend getaway road trip illikkal kallu

Illikkal Kallu (90 KM)

This place is not meant for the faint-hearted. If you are fond of adventure then this is the place for you to be. Illikkal Kallu is the name of a peak that is half broken and tourists are excited to see this unique natural event. Getting close to the peak needs a strong desire and passion for serious adventure.

Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary (120 KM)

You must have heard and read a lot about the flora of Kerala but when it comes to exploring the fauna of Kerala, sanctuaries, and wildlife reserves are in abundance and scattered across Kerala. Idukki sanctuary is home to bison, elephant, tiger, deer, and many other exotic species. Hit the roads for some wildlife safaris.

Kochi weekend getaway road trip idukki wildlife sanctuary

These are our recommendations for places near Kochi. If you have any suggestions, do let us know. Also, find our other itineraries.

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