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Cochin Travel Guide

Getting Cochin

Getting There

Cochin has a strategic location and important commercial value, by these reasons the city is well connected with many states from India, and other countries, you can arrive there by air, rail, road, and sea.

By Air

The Nedumbassery International Airport, is the new airport that was opened in 1999, with regular flights from/to other major cities in India, and increase the number of international flights, it became in an important trade center and place where arrive tourist, the airport located to 29 km from the city centre, and has two terminals, the International and Domestic, these are located next to the each other. The airport was built with private investment and with the traditional Kerala architectural style.

By Rail

With three main railways Cochin has good services of rail, these terminus are Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town and Cochin Harbor. The city is well connected with the south of Kerala and other cities of India like Goa, Mangalore, Banglore, Mysore and Trivandrum.

By Road

Three important National Highways pass through Cochin, the National Highway 47 that connects the city with Kanyakumari and Salen, the National Highway 17 that connects with Mumbai, and the National Highway 49 that connects with Madurai. KSRTC Central Bus Station is near the Ernakulam Junction railway station; from there you can get available Private and Public transport to India’s main cities, and principally to the south of India.

By Sea

Generally to the natural port of Cochin arrive large cargo ships; the ferries are the best way to travel to the islands of Vypeen, Vallarpadam Malavukadu and Bolghatly, is the way faster, cheaper, and more comfortable of travel than go there by road or rail, Cochin has two ferry station, the main station and other near of the High Court; but another alternative is the Goshree Bridge, that connect the city with the islands and is other facility to the access for tourist and people of these islands. And also is available boat service to Kottayam, Kumarakom and Alleppey through the scenic backwaters.

Getting Around

By Bus

Buses are available frequently in Cochin; these are cheaper, 3 rupees approximately and connect Cochin with Emakulam, Willingdon, Fort Cochin, and other places; buses also connect with the islands crossing the Goshree Bridge. The buses in Cochin are painted from red and yellow.

By Rickshaws

In the same way that in the other cities from India, the rickshaws are very popular in Cochin, and cheaper than taxi or car hire, around 800 rickshaws lend the service in the city, there are prepaid, the minimum charge is 8 rupees by 3 km, and you always can find one available.

Hire Boats.

This is the better way for explore the Cochin harbor and without the crowds, motorized boats and ferries of all sizes are available in the Sealord Jetty or in the Main Jetty in Ernakulam.

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