10 Incredible Places to visit in Kerala for a One Day Trip

We usually talk about vacations or a weekend at least, when it comes to traveling; isn’t it? But have you ever wondered what a one-day trip from Kerala, Delhi, Bangalore, or any other destination in that matter of fact would be like?

After weeks and months of tedious work schedules, running between office and home, working for extended hours and whatnot- everyone likes even the thought of a day off. Right? Not only it takes you away from your regular schedule but also rejuvenates your body and mind.

The best part is, neither would it hurt your pocket nor pose problems at your workplace.

So, here are the best places to visit in Kerala for a single-day trip that can help you in shedding off your stress and workload for a day.

Top 10 incredible places to visit in Kerala for a one day trip


Best time to visit Alleppey: Between September and February

Honestly! When it comes to taking a one-day trip in Kerala most people think of a place that would take them away from the hustle-bustle of the city. One place that ticks all the checklist boxes is Alleppey.

Often referred to as “India’s Venice”, Alleppey is one of the finest tourist destinations in Kerala and draws tourists throughout the year. People looking for a peaceful destination towards the west coast of Kerala, this can be an ideal pick for you.

You can come here in the morning, relax and rejuvenate in the pleasing environment of the city and head back to your place by evening. A perfect one-day trip in Kerala, isn’t it?

Best Places to Eat in Alleppey

Best Tourist Attractions in Alleppey

Things to do during your visit in Alleppey

Vembanad Restaurant

Harbour Restaurant


Kream Korner


Alleppey Beach

Krishnapuram Palace

Ambalapuzha Temple


Arthunkal Church

Marari Beach


Traveling through paddy field


Relaxing at Sreekrishna Ayurveda Center

Walkthrough the Alappuzha Shoreline

Night Stay in a Houseboat

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Best time to visit: Between March and June

Some people love to rest and enjoy the peacefulness of nature, some love to spend their “day off” doing something thrilling like trekking a mountain or rock climbing. If you look through the list of tourist places in Kerala offering some adventure activities, then Wayanad would be placed somewhere on the top.

An absolutely amazing destination for adventure-loving people planning on a one-day trip in Kerala. From exploring caves to clicking pictures in front of a beautiful waterfall; Wayanad has a lot of things to offer.

Not only will this give you a recreational break but also a day to enjoy what you love the most, “Adventure.” But that doesn’t mean people who admire nature cannot visit here for their break. They too can share the space with the adventure junky in this breathtakingly beautiful travel destination in Kerala.

Best Places to Eat in Wayanad

Best Tourist Attractions

Things to do during your visit

The Bungalow

Clayhut A Village Restaurant

Cafe Qatar Restaurant

Jubilee Restaurant

Food Lounge

Edakkal Caves

Chembra Peak

Banasura Sagar Dam

Meenmutty Waterfalls

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Soochipara Falls

Bamboo Rafting

Boating in Pookode Lake




Exploring Edakkal caves


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Best Time to Visit: Between November and February

Considering Kumarakom as your next destination won’t be a wrong choice because one of the most important offerings of this wonderful tourist destination of Kerala is serene spots. A one-day trip that you would be taking is more or less like a day where you keep aside all your stressful things and just enjoy the moments, isn’t it?

To your surprise, there is an ample number of places where you can do this. Another thing about Kumarakom is that one can enjoy a range of scrumptious meals in this petite town. Excited? Pick any of the Kerala one-day tour packages and stay away from the hassle of iterating things to do and places to visit in Kumarakom.

Best Places to Eat

Best Tourist Attractions

Things to do during your visit

Cocobay Restaurant

Granary Restaurant

Baker’s Gourmet House

Lakesong Restaurant

Lakshmi Restaurant

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary


Pathiramanal Island

Vembanad Lake

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall

Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple

Sailing in a houseboat

Bird Watching

Taking an Ayurvedic spa

Watching Kathakali performance

Trekking to the waterfall

Watching the boat race

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Best Time to Visit: Between November and February

Thrissur is undoubtedly one of the finest places to visit in Kerala for a single-day trip owing to its beautiful location. The town is beautifully tucked away in the hillock and has a lot of mesmerizing places for city dwellers to visit. Not only the places to visit here are beautiful but a bit less chaotic than the cities as well.

There are several religious sites throughout the town and people usually come here to seek blessing from the lord. Then be it the ancient and beautifully designed church or the amazing historic temples. Thrissur can be your ideal destination in Kerala for a rejuvenating holiday.

Best Places to Eat

Best Tourist Attractions

Things to do during your visit

Seasonal Tastes

Waffle Chef

Bharath Hotel (Pure Veg)

ROASTOWN-Global Cuisine Restaurant

Pisharody’s Restaurant

Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary

Thrissur Zoo

Punnathur Kotta

Shakthan Thampuran Palace

Vilangan Kunnu

Athirappilly Waterfalls

Take a stroll in the tea garden

Hike to the waterfall

Visiting the Eravikulam National Park

Photography from Top station

Visiting Blossom International Park


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Best Time to Visit: Between October and March

Although visiting the prime attractions of Munnar takes more than one day, this beautiful hill station serves the purpose of taking a holiday. You would find a lot of tourists visiting here throughout the year but in comparison to the other hill stations around, Munnar is a bit less crowded. One of the ideal hill stations to visit in Kerala– Munnar has a completely different charm and offers several amazing places to visit and things to do.

While you plan on a single-day trip in Kerala, Munnar can be your ideal choice for more than 1 good reason. There are a sufficient number of places for every kind of traveler, so fret not, traveling to this town won’t be a bummer.

Best Places to Eat in Munnar

Best Tourist Attractions in Munnar

Things to do during your visit in Munnar

Tea Tales Cafe

Hotel Gurubhavan

Saravana Bhavan

Arabian Grills

Rapheek Restaurant

Butler’s Creek

Winter Heaven Cottage

The Silvertips

Eravikulam National Park

Echo Point

Mattupetty Dam

Top Station

TATA Tea Museum

Attukad Waterfalls

Blossom International Park

Take a stroll in the tea garden

Hike to the waterfall

Visiting the Eravikulam National Park

Photography from Top station

Visiting Blossom International Park

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Best Time to Visit: Between October and March

A lot of people looking for a single-day trip in Kerala prefer visiting a small town that is less chaotic and more serene. This keeps them away from the stressful chaos and unnecessary noise and lets them loosen up in quieter and serene places.

If this is how you wish to spend your day then Kalpetta can be the ideal destination for you in Kerala. Though the best time to visit here is during the winter season, people still flock at the town throughout the year. And this is because of its yearlong wonderful weather.

Best Places to Eat

Best Tourist Attractions

Things to do during your visit

1980’s A Nostalgic Restaurant

Green Gates Hotels

Thalassery Food Court

Majestic Bakes and Bistro

Lunch House

Spicy Hut Restaurant

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Heritage Museum

Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathi Temple

Koottamundu Glass Temple

Karapuzha Dam

Meenmutty Falls

Trek to the Chembra Peak

Spend some time at Soochipara Falls

Try to visit the Edakkal Caves

Enjoy the beauty at Meenmutty Falls

Explore the beautiful and ancient Thirunelli Temple

Witness the diversity of flora & fauna at Kuruvadweep

Helpful Links:

Kerala Heritage Tour
Pookode Lake Wayanad
Top Things to do in Wayanad


Best Time to Visit: Between July to March

Kannur is a small yet beautiful town on the Malabar coast of Kerala. It is one of those places that have a number of wonderful attractions to visit and an array of things to do. Even though it is a small beach town in Kerala it still is one of the Incredible places in Kerala.

You get to explore several ancient ruins, enjoy the beautiful and clean beaches, and witness monuments speaking the stories of the bygone colonial era. If you are wondering if it will be a good choice for your solo day trip in Kerala then this will be a good one.

Best Places to Eat

Best Tourist Attractions

Things to do during your visit

MVK Restaurant


Cool Land

Pepperpot Restaurant

Barka Restaurant Kannur

Foodies Foodcourt Kannur

Palakkayam Thattu

Payyambalam Beach

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

Vismaya Water Park

Baby Beach

Ezhara Beach

St. Angelo Fort

Muzhappilangad Beach

Take a stroll at Payyambalam Beach

Drive at the Muzhappilangad Beach shoreline

Explore the St. Angelo Fort

Enjoy at the Snake Park

Relax at the Baby Beach

Visit the Arakkal Museum

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Best Time to Visit: Between November and March

Are you a wildlife enthusiast living somewhere in Kerala looking for an enchanting destination for your single-day trip? Look no further because Thekkady is one of the best destinations in Kerala for wildlife lovers. Thekkady is popular for the Periyar Tiger Reserve, which is also the largest reserve in India.

Not only do you get to spend some time with these wild cats during your Periyar safari but also get to witness the diversity in flora and fauna. One of the best things about this small mesmerizing town is that it never gets old on you. (this means however many times you visit here, you won’t get bored of it.)

Best Places to Eat

Best Tourist Attractions

Things to do during your visit

Coffee Garden – Rooftop Restaurant

Bamboo Cafe

Ebonys Cafe Restaurant

Peppervine Restaurant

Pizza Max


Periyar National Park

Kadathanadan Kalari Center



Mangla Devi Temple

Seek blessing at Mangla Devi Temple

Enjoy the panoramic view from Chellarkovil

Enjoy the natural beauty at Pandikuzhi

Safari at Periyar park

[ Also Read: Plan Your Trip to Periyar National Park: A Comprehensive Travel Guide ]



Best Time to Visit: Between September to February

Kottayam is one of those “comparatively offbeat” destinations in Kerala that can take you back in time. In addition to being one of the most surreal destinations in Kerala- Kottayam holds a lot of significance for the entire state in terms of culture. One of the achievements of Kottayam is the 100% literacy rate from which it derived its nickname as ‘Akshara Nagari’.

The city of letters is a profound place for a lot of things and what has defined it better is the picturesque landscapes and the natural beauty of the town. The peaceful environment and soothing weather with all the views make it a wonderful place to visit in Kerala for a single-day trip.

Best Places to Eat

Best Tourist Attractions

Things to do during your visit

Theos Restaurant

12 to 12 Bar-Be-Que

The Punjabi Restaurant

ko.co. Kottayam company

Wheels Restaurant


Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple

Island of Pathiramanal

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Illikkal Kallu

Enjoying the Secluded Beauty

Enjoying at the Picnic Spot

Offer prayers at the temples

Bird Watching at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary


Best Time to Visit: Between September and March

One of the best destinations in Kerala during winters, Kochi might not be more of a quiet place but you surely can spend some time amidst nature. Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi is also a great destination for people who want to take a break. It is a serene place and one of the finest beach destinations in Kerala.

The history of this city and its legacy traces back to the first colonization era. To delight every traveler, Kochi has beaches, museums, temples, monuments, and a lot of other amazing places to visit. Make sure you keep a camera or your mobile charged for the day.

Best Places to Eat

Best Tourist Attractions

Things to do during your visit

Leman Cafe & Restaurant

Rasoi Fort Kochi

The Asian Kitchen by Tokyo Bay

Kashi Art Café

Fort House Hotel

Mattancherry Palace

Indo-Portuguese Museum

Ernakulam Shiva Temple

Santa Cruz Basilica

Paradesi Synagogue

Kodanad Elephant Training Center

Take a stroll at the Marine Drive

Spot elephants at the Elephant Center

Enjoy a Ferry Ride

Watch the Kathakali Performance

Explore the Kochi Fort

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A lot of people wonder many times about taking a day off from their regular monotonous grind. The same thought can cross your mind too and that is when you look for places to visit. Pick any of the above-mentioned places to visit in Kerala for a one-day trip.

According to your current location, you can pick a nearby location so that there is less traveling and more enjoying!

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Shashank Yadav

A bachelor's in technology passed out student, who decided to follow his heart, has looked forward to see his future as a traveler and a travel writer. This was his passion that ignited the spark of travelling to different places and share his experience with others. It's his writing and pictures that do all the talking now.