Places to visit near Kochi – Choose from numerous mesmerizing escapes around the Queen of the Arabian Sea

Kochi or Cochin is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea due to its grand seascape and all-weather harbor. The trading history of Kochi dates back more than 600 years and still stands tall as the financial capital of the state of Kerala. It is a cosmopolitan town with heritage structures, diverse stores, and art galleries and is home to the beautiful art of Kathakali. With the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other, Kochi offers memorable backwater rides, lip-smacking food, and numerous cultural events. Kochi also has no dearth of places to visit nearby.

Places to visit near Kochi

Savaari’s Curated Roadtrips from Kochi

  1. Varkala, Southern Varanasi
  2. Kumarakom, The backwater paradise
  3. Vazhachal Waterfalls, A picture-perfect location
  4. Perumbavoor, A ‘little’ North India in Kerala
  5. Vagamon, Queen of the Mist
  6. Ezhattumugham Nature Village, To calm your soul
  7. Andhakaranazhi Beach, A rare virgin beach
  8. Santacruz Cathedral Basilica, One of the 8 famous Basilicas in Kerala
  9. Thrissur, The cultural capital of India
  10. Kanyakumari, The place where India ends
  11. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala
  12. Pathanamthitta, A prominent pilgrimage center

The unending list of road trips from Kochi

Kochi has a unique blend of British, Portuguese, and Dutch influences that have resulted in the town having a distinct aura of its own. It is a beautiful town blessed by nature, immersed in Indian culture, and strategically located allowing you to visit numerous places in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. Being a tourist-friendly town, the highways and roads are maintained in top shape allowing a seamless driving experience. Hence, there are many places to see near Kochi and several opportunities for road trips.

Kerala has long been known as a traveler’s paradise due to the range of experiences offered by the state and the region. A country as diverse and culturally rich as India can be best explored on the road. While driving your car is one option, you tend to miss out on the experience while driving a vehicle since you need to be focused on the road. Therefore, we recommend opting for a chauffeur-driven cab by Savaari to explore the region around Kochi to the fullest. Save & share this handy infographic curated by Savaari for the best places to visit near Kochi. The roads are calling where are you?

Varkala, Southern Varanasi

Varkala is known for its unique 15m high cliff right next to the Arabian Sea. It is popular for its hippie culture and has a rich and interesting history that has impacted its culture. It is also popular as Southern Varanasi due to the presence of a 2000+ year-old Janardhana Swami temple.

Why do we recommend visiting Varkala?

Beach destination near Kochi, Varkala

Varkala is home to some of the most amazing beaches in Kerala along with forts, lakes, springs, and a range of other attractions. The medicinal natural springs and the 2000-year-old temple attract a lot of religious and spiritual travelers to its shores. The hippie presence adds a sense of eclecticism to the town. Overall, a trip to Varkala has the potential of being a rewarding experience.

[Also read: A detailed travel guide on Varkala]

Why should you travel to Varkala by road?

While Varkala is gaining popularity as a beautiful destination, it is still unexplored by many. Hence, if you are in Kochi, then make sure that you plan a trip to this beautiful beach town. The drive from Kochi to Varkala is probably one of the most scenic drives as it runs parallel to the Arabian Sea. You can take the Panvel-Kochi-Kanyakumari highway followed by the NH66 to reach Varkala from Kochi within a few hours. This is a beautiful drive with a refreshing change in scenery.

A trip to Varkala is ideal for 

If you are looking for weekend getaways from Kochi, then Varkala can be an ideal destination. You can plan a 3-4 day trip to this mesmerizing coastal town and explore it to your heart’s content. 

You should travel here if you are:

  • A beach person
  • A history or ancient architecture buff
  • A romantic couple looking for a beach vacation
  • A religious or spiritual traveler

[Book a cab from Kochi to Varkala]

Kumarakom, The backwater paradise

An intricate web of rivers, lakes, and lagoons with beautiful houseboats and lush green forests, Kumarakom is relaxation personified. Kumarakom is set in the backdrop of Vembanad Lake with a wide range of flora and fauna and a world-famous bird sanctuary. 

Why do we recommend visiting Kumarakom?

Kochi to Kumarakom scenic road trip

There is a lot that can be done while in Kumarakom. Right from houseboat rides, bird watching at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, and visiting various ancient temples and other structures, to getting Kerala Ayurvedic Massage Therapy, Kumarakom offers it all. It is one of the best places to visit near Kochi within 100 kms.

Why should you travel to Kumarakom by road?

Kumarakom is at a driving distance from Kochi. As you leave the busy city roads and snarling traffic behind, you are welcomed by open landscapes and colorful villages that can help rejuvenate your mind and spirit in no time. To reach Kumarakom, you need to drive from NH66, Cherthala Road, and Cherthala – Thanneermukkom Road to Alappuzha – Madurai Road to reach Kumarakom.

A trip to Kumarakom is ideal for 

Kumarakom is an ideal destination for a one-day picnic or a 2-3 day trip to explore the region. This makes it one of the most popular places to visit near Kochi. 

You should travel here if you are:

  • Looking for a relaxing vacation
  • A romantic couple
  • A nature lover

[Book a cab from Kochi to Kumarakom]

Vazhachal Waterfalls, A picture-perfect location

Close to the Vazhachal Forest and at the edge of the Sholayar Forest lies the famous Vazhachal Waterfall. It is a part of the Chalakudy river stream. It flows through an inclined slope of more than 300 feet and into a pool. 

Why do we recommend visiting Vazhachal Waterfalls?

Vazhachal waterfall near Kochi

Vazhachal Waterfall is surrounded by lush green forests and is formed on the lower stream of Athirapally waterfalls. The surroundings are beautiful and picturesque with the forest department maintaining herbal plantations in the area. 

Why should you travel to Vazhachal Waterfall by road?

Vazhachal Waterfall is situated in the Thrissur District of Kerala. The drive from Kochi to Vazhachal Waterfalls via NH544 passes through various small villages and towns. The roads are well-maintained and offer a smooth ride. To reach Vazhachal Waterfalls, you need to drive from NH66, NH544, Karukutty Ezhattumukham Road, Munnoorppilly Ezhattumugham Prakrithy Gramam Road, and Meloor -Poolany – Adichili -Ezhattumugham Road to Chalakudy – Anamala Road in Pariyaram. 

A trip to Vazhachal Waterfalls is ideal for 

Vazhachal Waterfall is a perfect spot for a one-day picnic from Kochi. There is not much to do here except visit the waterfall and marvel at the surrounding flora. Hence, one day is sufficient to explore the place.

You should travel here if you are:

  • Looking for a picnic spot near Kochi
  • A waterfall lover

[Vallam kali – The ancient festival of boat racing]

Perumbavoor, A ‘little’ North India in Kerala

Perumbavoor is an ancient town located on the banks of the Periyar River. In fact, the river lends its name to the name of the town. It is popular for its small-scale industries and wood industries that attract immigrants from all corners of the country. It is also the starting point of the Perumbavoor Tourism Circuit launched in 2007.

Why do we recommend visiting Perumbavoor?

kochi to perumbavoor road trip

Perumbavoor is one of the most prominent destinations for tourists in the Ernakulam District of Kerala. This captivating city offers a range of attractions to keep different types of tourists entertained. You can explore the history and culture of the region, enjoy local food, or indulge in various activities based on your interests.

Why should you travel to Perumbavoor by road?

The route from Kochi to Perumbavoor is beautiful and allows you to enjoy the changing sights and sounds as you move from the city toward a rustic location. The route is dotted with a lot of trees and villages. To reach Perumbavoor, you need to drive from Kochi – Panvel Highway, NH966B, NH 85, Chithrappuzha-Ponjassery Road, Puthenkurish Karimughal Road, Karimugal Kaninadu Road, Peringala – Vadavucode Road, to Perumbavoor – Puthenkurish Road.

A trip to Perumbavoor is ideal for 

Perumbavoor is a short distance from Kochi making it an ideal destination for a day picnic with family or friends. You can also take 3-4 days off and take the entire Perumbavoor Tourist Circuit.

You should travel here if you are:

  • Looking for a weekend picnic destination near Kochi
  • A nature lover 

[Book a cab from Kochi to Perumbavoor]

Vagamon, Queen of the Mist

Vagamon is the most beautiful hill station near Kochi. The natural beauty of Vagamon cannot be described in words. With carpeted valleys, pine trees, and meandering rivers, Vagamon is right out of a postcard. Unexplored for centuries, Vagamon’s history is not more than 100 years old when the British started tea plantations in the region.

Why do we recommend visiting Vagamon?

Hill station destination near kochi, vagamon

Vagamon attracts nature enthusiasts from around the world. If you are looking for a location near Kochi that offers picturesque views and a rejuvenating experience, then Vagamon is the place to visit. Also, if you are looking for adventurous things to do near Kochi, then you can travel to Kochi and take part in various adventure activities based on your preferences.

[Also read: A detailed travel guide on Vagamon]

Why should you travel to Vagamon by road?

Driving from Kochi to Vagamon is recommended as the route starts getting greener and more picturesque as you approach the hill station. The local eateries and villages along the way make the journey interesting and memorable. Vagamon has thrived as must visit hill station places near Kochi in recent times.

A trip to Vagamon is ideal for 

At a short drive from Kochi, Vagamm is an ideal destination for a one-day trip from Kochi. You can travel with your family, friends, colleagues, and a romantic partner. 

You should travel here if you are:

  • A nature lover
  • An adventure seeker
  • Looking to travel as a couple or family

[Book a cab from Kochi to Vagamon]

Ezhattumugham Nature Village, To calm your soul

Ezhattumugham Nature Village has been promoted by Kerala Tourism Department as a Nature Village. With breathtaking beauty and a calm ambiance, Ezhattumugham’s lifeline is the river Chalakkudy which breaks into seven flowing streams at one point giving the place its name (Ezhattumugham means The Seven Faces of a River). 

Why do we recommend visiting Ezhattumugham Nature Village?

Kochi to Ezhattumugham Nature Village a scenic road trip

City life can be loud and stressful. Hence, many people look for an escape to greener environments whenever possible to rejuvenate their minds. Ezhattumugham Nature Village offers the perfect setting for a rejuvenating trip from Kochi and allows you to do nothing while your mind heals itself. It is a great spot for walking through nature and marveling at the natural beauty of the place. This nature village should be on your must-visit places near Kochi on your South India tour.

Why should you travel to Ezhattumugham Nature Village by road?

Ezhattumugham Nature Village is less than 100km from Kochi. When you drive from Kochi to Ezhattumugham, you pass through the flora-rich countryside of Kerala that starts preparing you for a rejuvenating trip ahead. Since there is no public transport that can take you to the village, driving down in your own vehicle or a chauffeur-driven car are the only option.

[Also read: A detailed guide on Munnar]

A trip to Ezhattumugham Nature Village is ideal for 

Since there is not a lot to do in Ezhattumugham Nature Village unless you plan to unwind and relax by doing nothing for a longer period, one day is usually sufficient to explore the village.

You should travel here if you are:

  • A nature lover
  • A photography enthusiast
  • Looking for a picnic spot near Kochi

Andhakaranazhi Beach, A rare virgin beach

Andhakaranazhi Beach is a rare virgin beach in India. It is located just around Pattanakkad and is a perfect place to unwind and relax. While this beach is not yet teeming with tourists, it has been popular in the Malayalam film industry for its picturesque location and panoramic views.

Why do we recommend visiting Andhakaranazhi Beach?

Kochi to Andhakaranazhi Beach road trip

Visiting a beach requires no excuse. The sea and the beach have the capability of taking away all our stress and leaving us feeling refreshed. Andhakaranazhi Beach is a beautiful beach that still has a serene environment since it is not over-commercialized. You can cycle around the village or take a houseboat tour to experience the beauty of the place.

Why should you travel to Andhakaranazhi Beach by road?

Andhakaranazhi Beach is located near Pattanakkad in Kerala. You can take the Aroor – Thoppumpady Road, Baby Marine Road, NH66, Andhakaranazhi Road, and SH66 from Kochi and drive through a picturesque landscape to reach Andhakaranazhi Beach within no time.

A trip to Andhakaranazhi Beach is ideal for 

We recommend visiting Andhakaranazhi Beach for a one-day picnic from Kochi. In fact, you can leave a little later in the day and head back after watching the sunset.

You should travel here if you are:

  • A family looking for a picnic spot
  • A romantic couple
  • Looking for a peaceful and calming vacation

Santacruz Cathedral Basilica, One of the 8 famous Basilicas in Kerala

Santacruz Cathedral Basilica, also called Kotta Palli, is one of the 8 famous basilicas in Kerala. Apart from being a place of religious significance, it is also a place of historical significance and architectural grandeur. Built in the early sixteenth century, the Santacruz Cathedral Basilica hosts the Relic of The Holy Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ for a long time. 

Why do we recommend visiting Santacruz Cathedral Basilica?

Spiritual getaway near kochi, Santacruz Cathedral Basilica

The Santacruz Cathedral Basilica has two lofty spires and a remarkably bright, white-washed exterior, and a pastel-colored interior. The interiors of the church are mostly Gothic, with the main altar decorated by a famous Italian painter. A visit to this cathedral can help you understand the history and significance of the place while marveling at the fantastic architecture.

Why should you travel to Santacruz Cathedral Basilica by road?

Santacruz Cathedral Basilica is located in the Kochi District of Kerala. You can take the Aroor – Thoppumpady Road and K.J. Herschel Road from Kochi and drive through open landscapes and beautiful countryside steeped in culture. You should definitely add this to your places to visit near Kochi list.

A trip to Santacruz Cathedral Basilica is ideal for 

A one-day trip is sufficient to explore the Santacruz Cathedral Basilica near Fort Kochi as well as the surroundings. You can start early to avoid city traffic and reach there while the weather is pleasant. 

You should travel here if you are:

  • A history buff
  • A religious enthusiast
  • Looking for a relaxing time with your friends or loved ones

Thrissur, The cultural capital of India

Thrissur was formerly known as Trichur and historically known as Thrissivaperur. Throughout history, Thrissur has been known to be the hotbed of spiritual, religious, and cultural leanings. While it has been to be the center for Hindu scholarship in ancient times, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam were also believed to have entered India via this region. Thrissur is a wedding destination place for Hindus near Kochi

Why do we recommend visiting Thrissur?

Kochi to Thrissur by road

Thrissur is not just about religious and spiritual places. There are numerous forests, beaches, hills, and waterfalls along with a range of man-made activities to help you make the most of your trip. Also, being the cultural capital of India, your trip is going to expose you to various cultural norms that have been maintained for centuries.

Why should you travel to Thrissur by road?

India lives in its villages and small towns. Also, Kerala has been popularly touted as God’s Own Country. If you truly want to experience the magic of Kerala, then a road trip is a must. When you take a trip from Kochi to Thrissur, you drive from NH544 and Thrissur – Shoranur Road. These roads carve through the rural landscape of Kerala and allow you to experience it as per your preferences.

A trip to Thrissur is ideal for 

There are a lot of things to do and explored in Thrissur. Therefore, we recommend a trip of around 3-4 days so that you can take your time to understand the culture, traditions, history, and beliefs of the people of Thrissur. 

You should travel here if you are:

  • A history buff
  • Looking for places to visit near Kochi Airport
  • Looking for a weekend getaway with your spouse, family, or friends

[Book a cab from Kochi to Thrissur]

Kanyakumari, The place where India ends

Kanyakumari is a rocky mainland that juts into the Indian Ocean and is located at the southernmost tip of India. It is also popularly called Koodal which means that it is located at the confluence of three oceans – the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Bay of Bengal. It is the only place in India where you can see sunrise and sunset across the ocean from the same spot.

Why do we recommend visiting Kanyakumari?

Kochi to Kanyakumari by road

There are many reasons to travel to Kanyakumari. First, being located at the southernmost point of India, standing at the edge has a different thrill. Second, it offers some amazing views of the oceans and celestial events (if you are lucky). Third, it is considered to be a confluence of various cultures and traditions. Overall, Kanyakumari can keep all kinds of travelers interested for many days.

Why should you travel to Kanyakumari by road?

The road trip from Kochi to Kanyakumari takes you on a beautiful highway that runs parallel to the Arabian Sea. It also cuts through numerous small villages and towns in Kerala and Tamil Nadu allowing you to witness the synergy and differences between the two states. 

A trip to Kanyakumari is ideal for 

There is a lot that Kanyakumari has to offer to different types of tourists. Hence, when you are traveling to Kanyakumari from Kochi, make sure that you plan for 3-4 days so that you can explore every aspect that the city has to offer.

You should travel here if you are:

  • A romantic couple
  • History and architecture buffs
  • Looking to visit ancient temples 

[Book a cab from Kochi to Kanyakumari]

Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala

Kuttanad is known as Kerala’s “rice bowl,” due to its abundance of lush green rice fields. Travelling through this secluded nook of nature will give you a taste of Kerala’s traditional countryside life. This location’s geography is a unique feature. It is approximately 2 metres below the main sea level, making it the country’s lowest altitude location.

Why do we recommend visiting Kuttanad?

Kochi to Kuttanad road trip

Kuttanad is the face of the Kerala Backwaters, honeycombed by numerous canals, lakes, rivers, and rivulets. Kuttanad’s streams are ideal for sailing over and taking in the best of what the region has to offer in an hour-long cruise on a houseboat or shorter trips on canoes. These excursions provide scenes and scenery that are worth remembering and photographing, making them ideal for nature and leisure enthusiasts. The shacks here serve some of the best cuisines, which are frequently accompanied by fresh toddy. Kuttanad is one of the places that you can visit near Kochi.

Why should you travel to Kuttanad by road?

A journey to Kuttanad reveals the lush beauty and bounty of Kerala’s backwaters like never before. To get to Kuttanad, take the Panvel – Kochi – Kanyakumari Highway and NH 66. As you leave the busy city streets and traffic behind, you are greeted by open landscapes and colourful villages that can quickly rejuvenate your mind and spirit.

A trip to Kuttanad is ideal for 

Kuttanad is an ideal destination for a one-day picnic or a 2-3 day trip to explore the region. The view, the breeze, and the diligent habits of the locals will never leave your mind.

You should travel here if you are:

  • Looking for a relaxing vacation
  • A romantic couple
  • A nature lover

Pathanamthitta, A prominent pilgrimage centre

Pathanamthitta, a treasure trove of religious sites, natural beauty, and ancient villages, is the ultimate vacation destination. It has a unique mix of majestic temples, beautiful waterfalls, dense forests, and holy rivers. Simply put, Pathanamthitta has everything a traveller could ask for in a destination.

Why do we recommend visiting Pathanamthitta?

Pathanamthitta weekend getaway by road from Kochi,

Pathanamthitta has a plethora of beautiful destinations scattered throughout its landscape. From the majestic Western Ghats to the vibrant rice fields that border Alappuzha, there are numerous opportunities to explore nature while indulging in the many unique traditions that are waiting to be witnessed.

Why should you travel to Pathanamthitta by road?

A road trip is a must if you want to truly experience the magic of Kerala. When travelling from Kochi to Pathanamthitta, take the Panvel – Kochi – Kanyakumari Hwy Road. These roads carve through Kerala’s rural landscape, allowing you to experience it authentically.

A trip to Pathanamthitta is ideal for 

Pathanamthitta has a lot to offer in terms of activities and exploration. As a result, we recommend a trip of 3-4 days so that you can take your time learning about Pathanamthitta’s culture, traditions, history, and beliefs.

You should travel here if you are:

  • A history buff
  • Looking for a weekend getaway with your spouse, family, or friends
  • Looking to visit ancient temples 

The list of destinations around Kochi mentioned above can help you craft memorable trips. However, remember, the region surrounding Kochi has a lot to offer. If you are looking for travel suggestions or itineraries, then talk to our trip experts and get the guidance you need. Further, book a chauffeur-driven comfortable cab from Savaari to your selected destination now! 

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