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14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend

It's already three weeks past New Year and if that is not enough reason to crave for a break let us remind you that Republic Day is just around the corner. And it falls on a Thursday. If you can manage to take a leave on Friday, you will be able to get four days of holidays. We have a list of 14 places in Kerala where you can escape to with your loved ones for a quick break. Scroll down to see the list.

Kasaragod

14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend If this picture does not entice you, we do not know what will. Photo: Onmanorama

Move. Go on a trek to the hills at Ranipuram. Also known as the Ooty of Kasaragod, this trek will refresh you. The District Tourism Promotion Council has some cottages where you can stay. Click here to read about a trek up the hills

Kannur

14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend The view of Paithalmala. Photo: Gettyimages

Paithalmala is about 65km from Kannur. And the rolling greens uphill offers you an amazing vista of not just Kerala, but neighboring Karnataka too. Click here to read about a trek to Paithalmala.  Click here for other places of interest in Kannur

Wayanad

14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend It has been more than 100 yeas since Fred Fawcett discovered these caves. Photo: Onmanorama

Take a leisurely ride up the Thamarassery Pass. You enter a mystical, magical paradise called Wayanad.  Go on a trek up the Banasura hill or explore the ancient writings at Edakkal caves or Thovarimala. You can even go on a drive till Bavali, the border between Kerala and Karnataka. Here is a list of places you can cover on a three day visit to Wayanad

Kozhikode

Along the taste coast of Kerala

Kozhikode is famous for its hospitality- and the sumptuous local cuisine. Go on a ride to discover the various eatouts in Kozhikode. Cool down with a dip at Kakkadampoyil or take in a relaxed evening at Kakkayam.

Malappuram

14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend It is said that Perumthachan left his chisel here while was constructing this temple. Photo: Onmanorama

Folktales and ancient monuments make a trip to Malappuram a unique experience. You can take a journey across the various landmarks that form the story about the 'Parayipetta Pandheerukulam' or the 'Clan of Twelve'. Take a short break to Cherupadimala or explore the Teak Museum at Nilambur. 

Palakkad

14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend You get to see this beautiful bird while passing through Choolanoor. Photo: Onmanorama

Go on a trek to Dhoni Waterfalls. Take a trip to Malampuzha dam and to Kava. Drive to the only Peacock Sanctuary in Kerala.  Experience the rustic villages and follow the historic landmarks across the Nila.  

Thrissur

14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend A view of the Thaikattuseri Illam. Photo:Onmanorama

Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala hides a lot of interesting getaways. Learn about Ayurveda and see how it is practiced at Thaikattusery Illam. Go on a trek to Chimony. Buy handloom dress materials from the craft village at Kuthampully. And then head to Athirappilly and Vazhachal

Ernakulam

14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend The Jewish Synagogue at Mattancherry. It is said that each tile paved on the floor is similar to its neighbor. Photo: Onmanorama

Wander through the streets of Mattancherry and Fort Kochi. Enjoy the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Explore the places which will give you the picture perfect selfies. Visit Iringole Kavu

Idukki

14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend The Thoovanam waterfalls in the night. Photo: Onmanorama

The hills and valleys beckon. Go to Thekkady, drive to Urumbikkara, spend a weekend camping at Thoovanam waterfalls. The options are endless. 

Kottayam

14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend The interconnecting waterways are the backbone of this region. Even a child can row. Photo: Onmanorama

Kumarakom and relaxation go hand in hand. Go for a cruise along the waterways, take a walk through the villages. And in the evenings, head for one of those toddy shops that dish up delectable food along with toddy. Or if you are thinking of adventure, head out to Illikkal Kallu

Alappuzha

14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend Kakkathuruthu shot to fame after it got a mention in the National Geographic. Photo: Onmanorama

Is not just about backwaters and houseboats. Go on a drive along the coastline. Explore the beaches. Stop by Mavelikkara and go to Kakkathuruthu which shot to fame just overnight recently after being mentioned by the National Geographic in their 24 hours around the world photo essay. 

Pathanamthitta

14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend Go on an elephant ride at Konni. Photo: Onmanorama

The verdant landscape has much to offer – irrespective of your age. Go on a coracle ride at Adavi. Visit the elephant cages at Konni. Go on a much-deserved break at Gavi

Kollam

14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend A view of a village road in Munroe Island. Photo: Onmanorama

Kollam is a mixed bag – there is history, there is wildlife and there is the beach. Go for a cruise along Munroe Islands or to Thangasseri for a slice of history. The beach is calm and relaxing as always. You can go on a trip to Thenmala too. For more places in Kollam

Thiruvananthapuram

14 quick get away options for the Republic Day weekend The rolling greens of Ponmudi. Photo: Onmanorama

Ancient monuments, the zoo, the beaches – there is something to pique your curiosity in this capital town. Cruise along the backwaters at Poovar or go on a trek to Ponmudi. The options are endless. To know more, click here

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