213 Kms from Manjoor
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
If you live in a hot part of the country, Bangalore's good weather will immediately put you into a good mood. While the centre of the city has remained as it was during the British Raj, the area encircling it is on a constant boom with a vibrant student culture, popular pubs and a major electronic and industrial lifestyle. As a tourist, you can go see the Bangalore Castle. Modelled on the lines of the Windsor Castle, the one on Bangalore is a great example of the Tudor architectural style. It has beautiful gardens and the wooden carvings. The glass house at Lal Bagh and its botanical garden is a good place to relax while taking a walk. Cubbon park is one of the primary reasons why Bangalore was formerly nicknamed as the Garden City. The picturesque greenery in the middle of the city is stupefying. You can visit the Peninsular Gneiss to witness the oldest granite formations and also the look at the city from an elevated land. For a perfect end to the day, grab a beer at Toit or Peco’s. Follow it up with a grand meal at Koshy’s or Ebony, or the hundreds of other quirky restaurants in the city.
133 Kms from Manjoor
Best time to visit - April,May,June,July,August,September
If you have always dreamed of living in some beautiful suburbs, Aluva in Kerala is the place for you. It is in stark contrast to the hustle bustle of Ernakulam and a bliss to live in. Home to numerous rivers, streams and temples, this laidback town welcomes visitors with warm hospitality. Besides the stunning landscape, there are a few places to see here including Aluva Palace, Shiva temple and Marthanda Varma Bridge. The Aluva Palace is one of the largest archaeological palaces in Kerala and is definitely a must visit. Even if you are not fond of historical tours, you can enjoy the grandeur this palace offers. Instead of touristy sites, it's best to indulge in the spur of the moment tours where you will get a chance to interact with locals, learn about the culture and enjoy the many delicacies this small town offers. You may not have too many options when it comes to hotels, but there are a few budget hotels you can try.
198 Kms from Manjoor
Best time to visit - January,February,August,October,November,December
This seventh largest city of Kerala is popular for its houseboat cruises along the Kerala backwaters. Alappuzha is bedecked with lagoons, beaches and canals and offers lots of water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing and water skiing, to unwind during your vacation. The backwaters also happen to be the venue for the annually celebrated (January and August) Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race, where long serpentine boats being rowed with rhythmic furor by able-bodied Malayali men, is a spectacular site to behold. Some other famous attractions include Alleppey Beach, Andhakaranazhi Beach, Vemband Lake, Mannarasala Temple and the Alappuzha Light House, which offers a stunning panoramic view of the city and the coastline, especially during sunsets. One can also take a speed boat to Pathiramanal Island, a quiet and picturesque island on the backwaters where one can witness hundreds of rare migratory birds from around the world. South India is culturally rich and its abundance can be enjoyed through its music, dance and spirituality. Many resorts organise cultural shows in the evening where one can enjoy the traditional dance of Kerala and one of the oldest theatre forms of the world, Kathakali. Places such as Thaff Delicacy, Dreamers Cafe and Restaurant, Mushroom Restaurant and Kream Korner Art Cafe are famous for delicious local, vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Alappuzha can be reached by air, the nearest airport being Cochin International Airport, which is 83 km from the city, while buses and trains are also available.
185 Kms from Manjoor
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Kumarakom is an exotic cluster of villages in Kerala that was created for tourists by claiming land from the Vembanad Lake that surrounds it. The landscape is covered by greenery consisting of shrubs, grass and bushes punctuated by pretty lilies and other flowers. Coconut trees line the horizon and complete the picture. This sleepy lake village is the abode of countless rare migratory birds, including the Siberian Stork and Waterfowls. Egrets, herons, ducks and kingfisher are also commonly seen here. The Vembanad Lake is home to fish, shrimp and prawn. Tourists frequent this destination for its backwater boathouse rides. Though expensive, the experience is worth it, especially if you have a good chef on board, who can make you delicacies of the local cuisine. Kumarakom also houses the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is a great place to walk around and for birdwatching. If you happen to be here during the festival of Onam, don't miss out on the boat races. Various kinds of boats such as Odi-Vallam, Churulan Vallam, Chundan Vallam and Kochu-odi Vallam are taken over by more than a thousand oarsmen. Canoe trips can be organised on request and are best enjoyed early in the morning or during the evenings.
203 Kms from Manjoor
Best time to visit - January,February,December
Boasting of a culturally rich history, this small town close to Kottayam is home to numerous temples. Changanassery is laidback and seems quite happy with where it is and there is no rush to do anything. The matter of daily business is taken very lightly but not casually, and it's actually quite a delight to escape the hustle and bustle of cities. There are many temples here that deserve a visit. Among the more notable ones are Perunna Subramanyaswami Temple, Vazhappally Temple and Thrikodithanam Temple. Thrikodithanam Mahavishnu Temple is one of the five temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and connected to the Pandava brothers. It is one of the most sacred temples in Kottayam and the most visited. Besides the temples, there is not much to explore here and it's best not to spend more than a day here unless this is where you are staying. If you are staying here, you can travel outside the city to explore other touristy spots.
149 Kms from Manjoor
Best time to visit - January,September,October,November,December
So much has been said about Coorg that one heads there with tons of expectations. And luckily, travellers are not disappointed. From the surreal beauty surrounding the small town to its rich flora and fauna, Coorg is a wonderful experience. The laidback town is home to a number of touristy places, though most of them are situated a little further from the center of town. Do visit Abbey Falls for a rejuvenating afternoon and Tadiyendamol, the highest peak in the region, for an overwhelming view of the city below. Coorg is also home to an elephant farm that invites travellers to spend a day with these gentle creatures. The itinerary at the farm includes bathing elephants, feeding them and taking them for a walk. It's a lovely way to spend your day and the experience will stay with you for a long, long time. For foodies, there isn't an opportunity to experiment too much but the food available more than makes up for the lack of experimentation. The local cuisine is simple but delicious. The homestays here offer an experience you can't miss. The warm hospitality, the delicious food and an experience that takes you closer to nature is what Coorg is all about.
187 Kms from Manjoor
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
In God’s own country is the relatively larger city of Kottayam, famous for being the trade centre of rubber, commercial crops and spices. More than being a tourist attraction, this city is the gateway to the high ranges of central Kerala, Wagamon and Elaveezha Poonchira. It is also conveniently located between the ghats and the backwaters, providing easy access to both as well as the best of both worlds! Among the many places to visit here, Marmala is a wonderful option for its magnificent waterfalls and absolutely breathtaking beauty. The Poonjar Palace, on the other hand, is a testimony to the glorious past of Kottayam. From an enormous collection of antiques to exquisite furniture, everything is preserved in this former home of the royal family. The palace protects even the tiniest of items such as jewel boxes, lamps, sculptures of Nataraja, palm-leaf engravings and grain measures. Pathiramanal, fondly known as the 'sands of midnight' is small island on the backwaters of Alappuzha. Sparking in natural beauty, the reflection of the moonlight on the white sand of the island is a sight to behold. Vembanad Lake is also a good option to spend a day on the coconut-fringed backwaters enjoying a leisurely meal!
161 Kms from Manjoor
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September
A bustling market town surrounded by lush green hills, Madikeri has a pleasant climate to unwind in and various treks and picnics to enjoy. A major attraction is the Raja Seat, a seasonal garden, where children can even enjoy a ride on the toy train. Other places include the Chiklihole Dam, Madikeri Fort, a 17th century marvel, and the Omkareshwara Temple, a 19th century place of worship, possessing both Gothic and Islamic styles of architecture circumscribing a central pool. The best trekking expeditions are to Chomakund, which is close to the beautiful Chelavera falls, the 16 km trek to Kote Betta where one can also choose to stay overnight in a picturesque village and Thadiyandamole, perched at a height of 5729 ft, from where breathtaking views of the Arabian sea and Kerala coast can be enjoyed. More stunning waterfalls to visit are Mallalli Falls, Iruppu Falls and Abbey Falls. Animal lovers will have a hard time leaving after a visit to the Dubare Elephant Camp, a protected forest in Coorg reached by crossing the river by boat, where elephants are trained by naturalists and can also be learnt about and bathed by visitors. One can also choose to enjoy various adventure sports there such as river rafting, boating and elephant riding. Some popular places to eat are Taste of Coorg, Coorg Cuisine and Beans n' Brew cafe for delicious Coorgi dishes and cafe meals and drinks.