How to reach Cochin


By Air : Cochin international Airport located at Nedumbassery, 20 km away from Cochin has a direct link with the major airports in India and around the world. There are regular flights to the metro cities and other major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai Goa, Bangalore and to many nearby countries. The airport is the first international airport in India started as a public limited company and it accepted investments from nearly 10,000 Non Resident Indians from 30 countries. The facilities provided to passengers at the Cochin International Airport is far better than any other airports in India. The airport is owned by Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL).

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By Train : Cochin has three main railway stations, namely Ernakulam Junction(South stations), Ernakulam Town (North stations) and Harbor Terminus on Willingdon Island. By rail, Kochi is linked with all important cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Banglore, Chennai, Calcutta, Hydrabad. One of the best ways to reach Cochin by Train is to take the Konkan Railway train from Mumbai, it passes through the Konkan coast. The train traveling provides the breathtaking scenery and the natural beauty of the terrain that the train passes through.

By Road : Cochin, being an important commercial center of Kerala is very well connected and serviced with all major cities and tourist places by a network of National highways (NH) and state highways. Three important National Highways pass through or start from Kochi, NH 47 from Kanyakumari to Salem go by the heart of Kochi while NH 17 to Mumbai and NH 49 to Madurai(in Tamil Nadu) starts from Kochi. Cochin is easily accessible from all parts of Kerala, Kerala Road Transport Corporation (K.S.R.T.C.) operating buses from different part to Ernakulam or Cochin. There is a daily services between other major cities in South India by road including Mumbai, Bangalore(12 hrs), Mangalore (12 hrs), Coimbatore (4.5 hrs) and Chennai (14 hrs). These services are operated by both private operators and by the respective State Transport Authorities. The private buses provides better comfort, are cleaner and more modern, and also more expensive compared to others, the fare on a private operator run bus, especially an A/C Volvo bus, is costlier than a 3-AC train ticket. Cochin is 64 km from Alappuzha, 78 km from Kottayam, 190 km from Periyar, 223 km from Trivandrum, 312 km from Ooty and 565 km from Bangalore.

By boat / Ship : Cochin can be reached by sea in yachts or by occasional cruise ship from Goa or Mumbai. Kochi has a magnificent all weather natural port. Regular boat service to places like Kottayam and Alleppey are available through the scenic backwaters of Kerala. Ferries are the best way of getting about between islands. It reaches faster and it is cheaper and much more comfortable and enjoyment than buses or auto rickshaws. There are two ferry stations in Ernakulam. The main Boat Jetty is 1 Km away from the Ernakulam south railway station and the other is near the High Court. There are two Ferry stops in Willingdon Island also; ‘Embarkation’ and ‘Terminus’.

Public Ferries are available every 20 minutes from High Court Jetty (Ernakulam) to Vypeen and Bolghatty islands from 6am to 10pm. There is a vehicular ferry service also available from High Court Jetty to Vypeen jetty. Kerala State Government Ferry service to and fro is available every Half an Hour from Ernakulam Main boat jetty to Mattancherry via Terminus jetty (Willingdon Island) and to Fort Kochi (Customs jetty) via Embarkation jetty (Willingdon Island). The ticket office opens 10 minutes before each sailing. Sail starts from 6am and ends at 9.30 pm.

Travel in Cochin :

Auto Rickshaws : are the three wheel type vehicle, comparitively cheaper than Taxi cars and available in all junctions. Minimum charge upto 1.5 Kms is Rs. 12/- and running charge per km is Rs.6. In Ernakulam, auto-rickshaws are the most convenient mode of transport. There are more than 1000 autos running in the city. Pre-paid auto stands are available at Ernakulam Junction railway station and at Thoppumpady.

Buses : Buses are very frequent and cheap in Cochin. It connects Ernakulam, Willingdon and Fort Kochi and many other places. Minimum charges for upto three stoppage is Re. 3.00 approximately. Now, the Goshree Bridge from Ernakulam that stretches out across the backwaters connecting the islands of Bolghatty, Mulavukadu, Vallarpadam and Vypeen make tourist access much more easier to these Islands.

Hire Boats : Motorised boats of various sizes can be hired from the Sealord jetty or from the small dock adjacent to the Main jetty in Ernakulam. They are an excellent way of exploring Kochi harbour and backwaters at your leisure and without the crowds. Rowboats offer to shuttle between Willingdon Island and Fort Cochin or Mattancherry.

Distance Chart from Kochi(Cochin) or Ernakulam to other major Cities & Towns around Kerala and India
CITY Distance (Kms) CITY Distance (Kms) CITY Distance (Kms)
Agartala 4040 Hissar 2758 Palani 233
Agra 2391 Hubli 766 Palghat (Palakkad) 163
Ahmedabad 1881 Hyderabad 1095 Panaji 842
Aizawl 3965 Imphal 3886 Paradwip 2043
Ajmer 2407 Indore 1795 Parambikulam 220
Akola 1594 Jabalpur 1846 Pathanamthitta 135
Aligarh 2474 Jaipur 2442 Pathankot 3069
Alleppey (Alapuzha) 63 Jaisalmer 2476 Patna 2521
Allahabad 2187 Jalandhar 2957 Periyar 185
Ambala 2785 Jammu 3176 Pollachi 175
Amritsar 3040 Jamnagar 2183 Pondicherry 591
Anamalai 197 Jhamshedpur 2313 Porbandar 2275
Asansol 2492 Jhansi 2170 Pune 1221
Athiramplaly Waterfalls 77 Jodhpur 2320 Purulia 2386
Aurangabad 1393 Jorhat 3705 Raipur 1860
Bangalore 590 Kakinada 1368 Rajkot 2097
Barauni 2632 Kalady 48 Rameswaram 442
Barddhaman 2407 Kandla 2246 Ranchi 2475
Bareilly 2603 Kanniyakumari 307 Ranippettai 620
Belgaum 885 Kannur 317 Raurkela 2253
Bellary 828 Kanpur 2390 Rohtak 2655
Bhagalpur 2720 Kasargode 432 Sabarimala / Pamba 210
Bhaktiyarpur 2569 Kodaikanal 221 Sagar 1972
Bhavnagar 2068 Kodanad 45 Saharanpur 2724
Bhopal 1981 Kodungalloor 35 Salem 358
Bhubaneshwar 1919 Kohima 3741 Sambalpur 2122
Bhothathankettu 63 Kolhapur 988 Shahjahanpur 2629
Bikaner 2640 Kollam(Quilon) 147 Sholayar 106
Bilaspur 1971 Kota 2200 Silent Valley 237
Calcutta 2360 Kottakal 188 Siliguri 2927
Chandigarh 2831 Kottayam 76 Shillong 3502
Chennai 684 Kovalam 236 Shimla 2936
Chennamangalam 42 Kozikode (Calicut ) 225 Shivpuri 2169
Cheruthuruthy Kalamandalam 112 Krishnagiri 470 Silchar 3728
Chittardurga 690 Kumarakom 90 Solapur 1052
Coimbatore 193 Kurnool 885 Srinagar 3469
Coonoor 264 Kuttipuram 142 Surat 1583
Cuttack 1944 Lucknow 2461 Thane 1363
Dehru Dun 2772 Ludhiana 2898 Thanjavur 449
Delhi 2594 Madurai 270 Thekkady 190
Dhanbad 2469 Malampuzha 154 Thettakkad 60
Dhule 1536 Mallapuram 170 Thirupathy 737
Dibrugarh 3841 Mangalore 447 Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) 220
Dimapur 3676 Mararikulam 63 Thrissur (Trichur ) 79
Dindigul 316 Meerut 2596 Tiruchchirappalli 395
Durgapur 2532 Mettupalayam 230 Tirunelveli 256
Ganganagar 2599 Mookambika 614 Tirupati 730
Gangtok 3041 Moradabad 2658 Tuticorin 304
Gaya 2536 Motihari 2687 Udaipur 2133
Ghaziabad 2612 Mudumalai 354 Ujjain 1850
Ghazipur 2384 Mumbai 1384 Ulhasnagar 1357
Gorakhpur 2435 Munnar 130 Vadodara 1768
Gulbarga 1169 Muzaffarnagar 2647 Vandipeiyar 150
Guntur 1080 Muzaffarpur 2735 Varanasi 2312
Gurgaon 2587 Mysore 397 Varkala 170
Guruvayoor 100 Nagpur 1582 Velankanni 550
Guwahati 3402 Nanded 1379 Vijayawada 1112
Gwalior 2281 Nashik 1423 Vishakhapatnam 1494
Haldia 2344 Nellore 856 Warangal 1235
Hasan 512 Ooty 281

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