When it comes to trips with your family, there are quite some things to remember and be vigilant about. Family trips are not about spending a lot of money, but rather about spending quality time together. You can start now, because we have done a little research and gathered a few memories to put together 6 destinations which are perfect to drive with your family to, have fun, enjoy nature and quality time and is absolutely economical. That, too, at a drivable distance from Calicut City.

1. Pookkott Lake – Wayanad

The most-visited tourist destination in Wayanad district, Pookkott Lake near Kalpetta is an ideal place to drive up to with your family. The spot has a children’s park, aquarium and offers boating in the freshwater lake surrounded by the lush wild flora.

Distance from Calicut City: 60.5 km (via NH766)

2. E3 Theme Park – Wayanad

A fresher in the trip-lovers’ favourite district, E3 Theme Park is located in Kanjirangad, Mananthavady. Contrary to the crowd of Water theme amusement parks, this is a Nature-themed Park with unique attractions like Adventure Zones, Action Zone, Dinosaur Park, Pedal Boating, Butterfly Garden, Tribal Village, Cultural Entertainment, Fish Pond, Aviary and Kids Zone. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Distance from Calicut City: 82.8 km

3. Kakkayam – Kozhikode

Nestled amidst verdant hills and valleys, Kakkayam in the Kozhikkode district is a dam site. Not far from the dam site is the waterfall ‘Orakkuzhi’. The place is one that spreads tranquility and offers scenic beauty with the wild flora and fauna.

Distance from Calicut City: 48.8 km (via Balussery Road and Kakkayam Road)

4. Kakkadampoyil – Kozhikode & Malappuram

Lined by the Kozhikode and Malappuram district border, Kakkadampoyil is a village in the Western Ghats with a cool climate and hill station sceneries. The Valamthode Waterfalls are located in the vicinity of this destination. The place holds serene scenic vistas of elephants and bisons, coffee plantations and nature. Other attractions around the location are Kozhippara Waterfalls, Odakkayam temple and Kakkadampoyil Amusement Park.

Distance from Calicut City: 49.1 km (via Kozhikode – Areacode – Nilambur – Gudalur Road)

5. Bekal Fort – Kasargode

The largest fort in Kerala, built in 1650 A.D., with its own hoard of histories, is situated in Bekal village of Kasargode. The fort is preserved by the Archaeology department and is one of the most important historical tourist destinations in South India. Bekal village also offers a beautiful beach. Bekal fort is a frequent film shooting spot. About 45 kms from the Bekal fort is the MangroveTrail of Malabar, a coastal jungle trail famous for hiking, birding and boating for day trippers.

Distance from Calicut City: 166.7 km (via NH66)

6. Adyanpara Falls – Malappuram

A picnic spot in the midst of falling waters, Adyanpara is a well-known tourist destination in the Kurumbalangode village near Nilambur, in Malappuram district. Adyanpara waterfalls are located 15 kms from Nilambur. It is a stunning amalgam of wild lush greenery, gushing waterfalls and rushing waters over rocks. The place offers refreshment facilities and small restaurants, making it an ideal picnic spot for families.

Distance from Calicut City: 74.4 km (via via Kozhikode – Areacode – Nilambur – Gudalur Road)

We reckon this will get you started on that long-planned family trip that you have been putting off. Enjoy!

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