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Kochi is at the junction of NH17 (to Panvel, Mumbai) and NH47 (to Kanya Kumari). Distances from Kochi to other cities are:

Cities Distance (In Kilo Metres)
Alappuzha 64
Thrissur 80
Thekkadi (Periyar National Park) 190
Thirvanthapuram 223
Ooty 312
Kodaikkanal 330
Kanniyakumari 309
Chennai 675
Mumbai 1400

How to get there

International Air Port at Nedumbassery, near Aluva, is about 22 kms away from Ernakulam.

Department Contact Numbers
Airport Enquiry 0484-2610115
Indian Airlines General Enquiry 0484-2371141, 2610041, 2370243
Jet Airways 0484-2358582, 2610037
Air Sahara  0484-2381761, 2611340
King Fisher Airlines 0484-2351144 / 45
Air India 0484-2610050, 2351260, 2351295
Emirates 0484-2389999
Oman Airlines 0484-2358185/6/7
Kuwait Airways 0484-2359133 / 144
Silk Air 0484-2358129
Srilankan Airlines 0484-2361095 / 092, 2361666
Qatar Airways 0484-2382874 / 2371141

Kochi has 2 stations, Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town. These 2 stations are connected on broad gauge line. This line links the railway stations to Thiruvanthapuram, Mangalore and Mangalore to Chennai. Trains from the Northern cities/Southern parts of India stop at Ernakulam Junction. Note that none of the through trains on the main trunk routes go to the Cochin Harbour Terminus station at Willingdon Island.

Department Contact Numbers
Reservation Enquiry 132
Information 131/ 0484-2375131
Arrival Enquiry 133
Enquiry about confirmation and availability of Railway Ticket at Ernakulam Junction 1361 (English)
1362 (Hindi)
1363 (Malayalam)
Ernakulam Town, Near North Bridge 0484-2395198
Ernakulam Junction, Near South Bridge 0484-2375131
Cochin Harbour Terminus, Willingdon Island 0484-2666050
Terminus Parcel Service 0484-2666346
Aluva 0484-2624141

KSRTC Central Bus station is near the Junction railway station. It runs Express and Fast services from Ernakulam to other major cities within Kerala and into the neighbouring states. Reciprocal services from other STCs are also available.

Department Contact Numbers
KSRTC Central Bus station 0484-2352033, 2372033
There are plenty of private buses available for travel from Ernakulam to other cities. They operate from High Court Junction, Railway Station and Kaloor Junction.
Tamil Nadu Road Transport Ernakulam 0484-2372616
Karnataka Road Transport Ernakulam 0484-2360229

Ferries are the best way of getting about between islands. It reaches faster and it is cheaper and much more comfortable than buses or autos. Another alternative is the Goshree Bridge from Ernakulam that stretches out across the backwaters connecting the islands of Bolghatty, Mulavukadu, Vallarpadam and Vypeen which make tourist access much more easier.

There are two ferry stations in Ernakulam. The main Boat Jetty is 1 Km. from the Junction 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 35 - 45 minutes 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.

There are ferries from Fort Kochi to Vypeen island from 6 am to 10 pm. A vehicular ferry is also available every half hour or so. Maximum fare is Rs.3/-

Local Transport

Auto Rickshaws
Auto-Rickshaws are fairly cheaper than Taxi cars. Minimum charge upto 3 Kms is Rs. 8/-. In Ernakulam, auto-rickshaws are the most convenient mode of transport. There are around 800 or more autos running in the city. Pre-paid auto stands (booth) are available at Ernakulam Junction railway station and at Thoppumpady.

Buses are fairly frequent and cheap in Ernakulam. It connects Ernakulam, Willingdon and Fort Kochi and many other places. Local passenger buses are coloured in red and pale yellow on top. 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 at your leisure and without the crowds. Rowboats offer to shuttle between Willingdon Island and Fort Cochin or Mattancherry.



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