Weekend Getaways from ThrissurThrissur, an important city of Kerala owes its name to Lord Shiva who is the presiding deity of the city. It has played an important role in the political history of the state. Just like the other cities in southern India, it has its own share of temples and other religious destinations. It is a wonderful city for all those who have a penchant for tradition and exotic culture of the Malabar Coast. There are a number of nearby destinations that can be visited on a weekend. Some of them have been listed below.
KovalamOne of the most renowned beaches in the world, Kovalam offers a fascinating atmosphere which is created by the azure sky, sea and sand. It is also a very lively holiday destination for the nature lovers and a good place for the people who need to get their Ayurvedic treatment done. There are a huge number of Ayurvedic resorts available here that provide good and pocket-friendly treatment facilities. One can enliven his evenings by enjoying a Kathakali dance performance. There are plenty of beach activities to be enjoyed such as surfing, para sailing, kayaking, catamaran ride skiing, etc. Some of the well-known tourist destinations include Padmanabhapuram Palace, Vizhinjam Rock cut cave, Pozhikkara Beach, Anchuthengu Fort and Kaudiear Palace etc.
It is located at a distance of 290 km from Thrissur and can easily be reached in around 5 hours 20 min in good traffic conditions. Many state operated buses ply between both the destinations which prove to be a cost-effective medium of travelling. Of course, one can hire a private cab or a taxi to travel more comfortably.
ThekkadyThekkady, offers plenty to the nature lovers. The Periyar Lake is an artificial lake which has formed due to the Mullaperiyar Dam. Herds of elephants cooling down in the lake are a sight to behold. It is characterized by matchless diversity and scenic beauty. The other destinations that are worth visiting are Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Elephant Junction, Kadathanadan Kalari Center, Gavi Forest, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Mangala Devi Temple, etc. A boat ride around the wildlife sanctuary will be an unforgettable experience. Although it can be visited at any time during the year, but the best months are between September and March. When visiting Thekkady, do not forget to buy the different spices that this place is famous for.
Located at a distance of 186 km from Thrissur, it can be reached in around 3 hours 40 min when one travels by a private vehicle or a cab. There are state operated buses available too which can be used for an affordable travel.
VarkalaVarkala is a small seaside town that is fast becoming a popular tourist destination for travelers from within the country and abroad. Its long stretch of virgin beaches attracts people from far and wide. Apart from that, there are many mineral water springs available in this town. A dip in the water at the Varkala Beach is believed to cure many ailments and at the same time, people believe that sins of the human souls are also washed away from the same. This place is world renowned to offer treatment with Ayurveda to rejuvenate the mind and soul. Several ancient temples can be visited during your trip to Varkala along with the lighthouse that stands aloof from the hustle and bustle of the daily life.
It is situated at a distance of 247 km from Thrissur and you can cover this distance in around 4 hours 40 minutes when travelling by road. Several private and state operated buses also connect both the places and offer affordable way of travelling.
Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram, formerly known as Trivandrum, is also known as the IT hub of the south Indian state Kerala. Mahatma Gandhi termed it as the Evergreen City of India owing to its unending natural beauty. There are plenty of tourist destinations that are worth visiting in Thiruvananthapuram and include Bema Palli Mosque, Akkulam Lake, Koyikkal Palace, Napier Museum, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, Aranamula etc. The city experiences pleasant climate throughout the year but it is best not to come here during the monsoon season.
It is located at a distance of around 281 km from Thrissur and when travelling by road, it takes around 5 hours 10 min to reach this place. Apart from the private taxis and cabs, one can take the services of the various private and state-owned buses too.
KannurThe sixth largest city in Kerala, Kannur was previously known as Cannanore. It has rightfully earned the sobriquet “Land of looms and lores” due to the presence of various loom industries and ancient temples that reflect the culture of the place. It is visited by numerous travelers due to enchanting backwaters, ancient temples, rivers and historical monuments. Some of the popular tourist destinations include Baby Beach, Azhikkal Ferry, Cannanore Light House, Arakkal Museum, Kottiyoor Mahadev Kshetram, Payyambalam Beach, Mopla Bay etc.
It is located -210 km away from Thrissur and can easily be reached in around 4 hours 30 min when travelling by road. Several state operated and private buses as well as cabs can be hired to reach this destination comfortably.
Wayanad Wildlife SanctuaryWayanad is popular for its wildlife sanctuary and is home to exotic animals like Indian Bison, Elephant, Deer and Tiger etc. Different people visit this destination for different purposes such as pilgrimage, adventure, recreation, history related and more. One can enjoy elephant rides also. Some of the most visited places in Wayanad include Edakkal Cave, Thirunelli Temple, Chembra Peak, Sulthan Bathery, Kuruva Island, Pakshipathalam, Lakkidi and more. One can shop for several indigenous handicrafts, Munnar tea, Wayanad coffee, spices etc. The best time to visit Wayanad is during the months of October to February.
From Thrissur, Wayanad is located at a distance of 215 km which can be covered in around 5 hours 10 minutes when travelled by road. Hire a private taxi for more comfort and pleasure.
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