From Mankara, the major city of Cochin is approximately 60 miles (97 kilometers) to the south.
Of course, limiting yourself to only one place, no matter how popular, will only ever provide you with a narrow window into the wider natural and cultural makeup of a region. So try to set aside some time to savour Kerala's other attractions. Palakkad, is 11 miles (18 kilometers) to the west. Head there to check out the Lakshmi Narayanapuram Krishna Temple and Tipu Sultan Fort.
Coimbatore is 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Mankara. This center features a great selection of things to do and see, such as Kari Motor Speedway, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and Bethesda Christian Temple. Singanallur Lake and Karunya University are also good places to visit.
Sample a little local culture with a little sunshine and fresh air at Kerala's ever-popular open-air markets and gardens. Discover moments of serenity in Kerala's churches.
This destination also offers a range of truly unique experiences such as paragliding. If you're not the kind of traveler to take a break simply to relax by the pool all day, the area around Mankara offers a number of high-energy pursuits like mountain biking and mountain climbing.
For those who intend on traveling by air, it's good to remember that the closest major airport is Coimbatore Airport, 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the northeast of Mankara.