Kochi is connected by Indian Airlines and
private airlines with major cities in India by air and well connected by Rail and Road
with all India. Also due to starting of Kokan Railway, the travel time to Kochi has been
reduced by 12 hrs from Mumbai. The Kerala Inland Water Transport Corporation operates
regular backwater boat service to Kollam ( 8hrs). SPORTS operates tour to
Lakshadweep Islands from Kochi from Mid-September to Mid-May.
Alwaye(21 Km):Alwaye, on the
banks of the river Periyar, is famous Shalvaite pilgrim center and a summer resort.
Vaikom(31 Km): Vaikom
is famous for temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Cranganore or Kodungallore(32
Km): Cranganore(Muzirls) as in the olden times, the premier sea port on India's
west coast. It was Kerala's first international harbour and it was here that St. Thomas is
believed to have landed in 52 AD.
is the birth place of Adi Shankarcharya, the great Indian philosopher of the 8th century
AD. There are two shrines here, both maintained by the Sringeri Mutt. In addition to this,
there is an ancient Shree Krishna temple and a recently constructed international Temple
dedicated to Ramakrishna Deva.
is famous for the Catholic Church situated on the 609 metre high Malayattur hill dedicated
to St. Thomas.
Ettumanoor(63 Km): Famous
for an ancient Shiva Temple.
The center for back water cruises in Kerala and has often been referred to as
the Venice of the East, an unfair comparison, for this commercial town built along the
Vembanaad Lake combines the charm of a network of backwater canals with lush Kerala
countryside. This is the heart of the backwaters, and many of the snakeboat racing events
are held here. Nehru Trophy boat race, is held here on the second Saturday of August every
for temple of Lord Krishna.
Kottayam is busy commercial city with the backwaters to its west and rubber, tea, coffee,
pepper and cardamom plantations on its east.
Athirappally and Vazhachal(77
Km): These waterfalls, situated near the entrance of the Sholayar ranges are of
great scenic beauty.
Thrissur(80 Km): Former
capital of Cochin state, Thrissur is famous for the Vadakkumnatha Temple and is the venus
of the annual Pooram Festival held in April/May.The town is also known for its wood
carvings and temple-arts.
Kumarakom(80 Km): A
lovely village surrounded by paddy fields and the Vembanand lake. Tourists can enjoy a
backwater trip here.
for the :lord Subramanya, Temple and the major snake-boat race held at Payipad (3 Km from
Haripad) during Onam in August/September.
Peechi(96 Km):A lovely
modern irrigation project site and ideal holiday spot with facilities for boating
Cheruthuruthi (100 Km):Kerala
Kalamandam, the training center for Kerala's art forms such as Kathakali, Mohinlattam,
etc. was established here in 1930.
is famous for the snake (Nagaraja) temple situated in the forests. Festivals are held here
in August, November and December.
Guruvayur(108 Km): A
temple town known for its temple celebration, and just 25 Km from Thrissur. It is famous
for the ancient shrine of Lord Krishna, which attracts a large number of devotees every
day. Non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple.A ten-day festival in February-March is
a highlight of the town.
Munnar: (138 Km):A
three-hour ride from Kochi will take you to Munnar, a hill resort in the Western Ghats.
Tea plantations abound in its salubrious climate; there are lakes and streams, two
wildlife sanctuaries. It is the highest town in the state at an altitude of 1524 meters
with a cool bracing climate.
Idduki hydro-electric project is the biggest of its kind in Kerala. The dam is surrounded
by wilderness and the Idukki wildlife sanctuary.In the Idukki district of Kerala in
Thekkady, is the Periyar National Park, one of the finest game sanctuaries in the country.
Here you will see wild elephants from motor launches in the lake that was formed by
artificially damming the river Periyar. Besides elephants, the sanctuary boasts of wild
boar, bison, deer and tiger, though the last are difficult to spot. Good accommodation is
available in Thekkady in period hotels.
its lake created by a high dam and terrace gardens, Malampuzha provides a tranquil
holiday. Boating facilities are also available.
big agricultural town it is a gateway to the Malampuzha dam and its garden. Haider Ali
built a fort here in 1766. It lies on the border of Tamilnadu, at the foothills of the
Western Ghats. In this natural setting of streams, rivers and forests, visitors will find
a fort built in 1766 by Hyder Ali of Mysore, temples and several picturesque picnic spots.
is famous for the Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala, a pioneering center for Ayurveda, Kerala's
traditional system of health and medicine.
Wynad: One of the most
beautiful of Kerala's hill regions is Wynad, located on the foothill borders of the state
adjacent to both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This low hill district is home to Kerala's
tribals, has several temples, and its Lakkdi area is known for its scenic beauty.
Overnight accommodation is available.
TRANSPORT: Taxi and
Auto-rickshaws are available.