Best family weekend getaways from Ernakulam

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If you are reached this page, it means you live in Ernakulam or are visiting Ernakulam on a holiday and are looking for a family weekend getaway. You won’t be disappointed. We promise!
There are numerous good spots around the city of Ernakulam, which you can reach within a 4 hours drive, so brace up. Being the financial capital of Kerala, Ernakulam also has a lot of entertainment spots within the city but we won’t get into that now.

Presenting the Best Family weekend getaways from Ernakulam –

Weekend Getaway #1 Munnar

Munnar is a beautiful hill station near Ernakulam famous for its lush green tea estates. It is situated on banks of three rivers- Nallathanni, Madupetti and Periavaru and that’s what makes Munnar an idyllic place for a weekend getaway with family and friends.
Distance from Cochin: 104km
Best time to visit Munnar: Throughout the year
Approximate travel timing: 3 hour 20 minutes
Main attractions: Tea gardens, Natural beauty
Best suitable for: Family, Friends, & Couples

Weekend Getaway #2 Varkala

Varkala is a beautiful coastal town of Kerala within 5 hours drive from Ernakumal. This awesome place is famous for its unspoiled beaches, serene lakes, lighthouses and forts – an ideal weekend holiday with family. This is a place where you must go if you want to spend your weekend with nature, away from all the worries and stress.
Distance from Cochin: 167km
Best time to visit Varkala: Throughout the year
Approximate travel timing: 4 hours and 30 minutes
Main attractions: Beaches, lakes and Natural beauty
Best suitable for: Family, Friends, & Couple

Weekend Getaway #3 Alleppey

Home to thousands of houseboats, Alleppey is also known as ‘Venice of the East’. It is the hub of Kerala’s magnificent backwaters. Since this is just four and half hours drive from Ernakulam, it is an awesome destination for family and couples looking for a weekend getaway.
Distance from Cochin: 167km
Best time to visit Varkala: Throughout the year
Approximate travel timing: 4 hours and 30 minutes
Main attractions: Backwater, houseboats
Best suitable for: Family, Friends, & Couple

Weekend Getaway #4 Guruvayur

Widely famous for its five thousand years old Krishna Temple, Guruvayur is a small but very prominent pilgrim destination of Kerala. If you have elders in the family who will prefer a bit of pilgrimage as well during their holiday, look no further than Guruvayur. The kids will love the elephant sanctuary situated right in the middle of the Guruvayur city.
Distance from Cochin: 101km
Best time to visit Guruvayur: Throughout the year
Approximate travel timing: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Main attractions: Temples, Heritage
Best suitable for: Family & Friends

Weekend Getaway #5 Kovalam

Just 16km away from the capital city of Kerala, Kovalam is a beach town and Kerala’s most developed resort destination. It has three worldclass beaches: Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. Go to any beach, get yourself a drink or two, see the sunset and count your blessings. This is an ideal family weekend getaway.
Distance from Cochin: 142km
Best time to visit Kovalam: Throughout the year
Approximate travel timing: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Main attractions: Beaches
Best suitable for: Family, Friends, & couple

Weekend Getaway #6 Coorg

Also known as Kashmir of south India, Coorg is one of the best options for a family weekend getaway from Cochin. Its natural beauty, culture, food and very humble people make it one of its kind tourist destinations.
Distance from Cochin: 142km
Best time to visit Coorg: Throughout the year
Approximate travel timing: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Main attractions: Mountains, Scenic beauty.
Best suitable for: Family, Friends, & couple

Weekend Getaway #7 Ooty

Located in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu, Ooty is a well-known and popular hill stations in the area. It’s a great honeymoon spot and an idea family weekend getaway from Cochin. If you love movies, the best thing about Ooty is the chances of spotting a ongoing movie shooting while being on a vacation.
Distance from Cochin: 256km
Best time to visit Ooty: Throughout the year
Approximate travel timing: 4 hours and 30 minutes
Main attractions: Hills, valleys, rivers &lakes
Best suitable for: Family, Friends, & couples

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