Best Day Trips from Kochi

Best Day Trips from Kochi

Best Day Trips from Kochi

Kochi is the best metropolitan city, Queen of Arabian Sea, a souvenir of Indian-Europe relationship, a town of heritage and culture, and what not! Houseboat tours to backwaters, Ayurveda treatments, rice-paddies fields, lush green jungles, rich wildlife- all are the highlights of this place!

Though, making the best destination for business and leisure time, the place is perfect to head start your journey to explore every landscape and seascape in and around Kerala. The list of best day trips from Kochi begins here:

1. Athirapally Falls

Athirapally falls is the largest waterfall of Kerala having a height of 80ft that cascades from Chalakudy River. To reach there, you have to walk a pebbled path through the forest. The monsoon season is best to visit the falls as water reach up to its brim and the place no less to a heaven! A plus point is that you can swim at the foot of the waterfall and dive into its divine beauty. Undoubtedly, you can't fathom its true beauty until you get close! It takes around 1 hour 15minutes to start the journey at Athirapally falls. Trains are available from Kochi to Aluva and from there, you can hire a taxi or rent a car. Or for more convenience, hire a taxi directly from Kochi itself but at a slightly higher cost.

2. Thattekad bird sanctuary

The name of Kerala's first bird sanctuary goes to Thattekad or Salim Ali bird sanctuary. Birds like Great Indian Hornbill, Ceylon Frogmouth, Collared Scops Owls, and other 497 birds are the members of this sanctuary. Also, the nearby by Bhoothathankettu dam is worth a visit. And, as the story goes, this dam is built by spirits overnight! Apart from scenic beauty, the place homes sacred temples and churches for tourists to visit. From Maharaja college, Kochi, you can catch a train till Aluva and then hire a taxi to reach the sanctuary. Or for the direct route, cars and taxis are easily available from Kochi. It takes around 1 hour to reach the destination.

3. Thrissur

The best picnic day trip from Kochi, Thrissur, is, by all means, equal to a paradise. The place is best known for portraying Kerala culture in its true form- magnificent and spectacular. How Thrissur people celebrate the most colourful Pooram festival in the month of April and Mayis famous all over the South. Also, the place is known as the cultural capital of Kerala because of its spiritual and religious attachment to history. The best pilgrimage spots in Thrissur are- Vadakkumnathan temple, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna temple, Paramekkavu temple, Guruvayur temple, Our Lady DoloursSyro-Malabar Catholic Basilica and Our Lady of Lourdes Syro-Malabar Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral. The journey between Kochi and Thrissur is thriving. You can reach the destination either via train or taxi which at least takes 1 hour and 15minutes.

4. Alleppey

The mixture of backwater and beach is a perfect combination to relax and kick off your slippers! Alleppey or Alappuzha city forms one of the best day trips arranged from Kochi. Lying on the seashore of Arabian Sea, Alleppey is a wide panorama of upright coconut trees, lush green fields, glazing waters along with long canals. The best spots for houseboat cruise to explore are- Alappuzha-Kumarakom, Alleppey-Kottayam, Alleppey-Pathiramanal island, and Alleppey- Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Apart from these, the place also homes few sacred places like- Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna temple, Arthunkal church, Mannarasala temple, Chettikulangara Devi temple. To reach the city of Alappuzha, train, taxi, bus, car- all are available. You can explore the town after a short road trip of about 1 hour from Kochi.

5. Thommankuthu waterfall

The seven-step waterfall of Thommankuthu is worth a watch before heading back from Kochi. To get to the waterfalls, you have to walk a trail of around 12km deep into the forest. Thommankuthu is not only best known for the waterfall but also for several caves, trekking and mountaineering activities. The place is apt for nature lovers to drown deep but enteringthe waters might get a little risky. However, this day trip is infamous for its slippery slopes and gushing water currents! The thrilling journey from Kochi to Thommankuthu is of around 1 hour and 10mins and can be covered via hiring a taxi or renting a car.

There are many places to add to this list, but many of them need more than one day to experience their uniqueness. Travelling to Kochi is like having a never-ending travel list!

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