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Hotels in Cochin

Hotel Taj Malabar, Cochin
Hotel Le Meridien, Cochin 
Hotel Abad Plaza, Cochin
Hotel Burton Boatyard
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How To Reach Cochin

By plane
Cochin International Airport is located in Nedumbassery approximately 29 km from the city. There are flights to and from Colombo, Dubai, AbuDhabi, Singapore, Sharjah, Jeddah, Muscat, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Take a pre-paid taxi to your destination.

By train
You can reach Cochin from other cities Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kozhikode (Calicut), Chennai, Bangalore, Bombay, New Delhi, Kolkata by train.

There are two major Rail station in Cochin (Ernakulam Town and Ernakulam Junction, locally known as North and South railway stations). The Indian Railways serves Cochin with a number of train services connecting it to other parts of the state and the country. One of the best ways to get to Cochin is to take the Konkan Railway train from Mumbai that passes through the Konkan coast. The train ride is renowned for the breathtaking scenery and the natural beauty of the terrain that the train passes through.

By bus
Cochin is accessible from all parts of the state of Kerala, through the extensive state run Kerala Road Transport Corporation (K.S.R.T.C.) bus services. These are generally cheap and reliable, but the drivers are notoriously reckless, although they have excellent control over their vehicles. There buses are classified as Ordinary Passenger, Limited Stop, Fast Passenger, Super Fast Passenger, Lightning Express and Garuda. The last is an air-conditioned service operating on the Thiruvananthapuram-Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram-Calicut routes both passing through Kochi. These are modern buses and compare with buses in Europe, with well maintained interiors and comfortable seats.

There are also numerous private buses or 'route buses' that connect pretty much every single district in Kerala to Cochin. Both the K.S.R.T.C and the private buses offer very basic comforts are rarely air conditioned.

There also exists daily services to and from other major cities in South India including Mumbai, Bangalore(12 hrs), Mangalore (12 hrs), Coimbatore (4.5 hrs) and Chennai (12 hrs). These are run by both private operators and by the respective State Transport Authorities. The private buses offer better comfort, cleaner and modern buses, though they are more expensive.

Ferries are the best way of getting about between islands. It reaches faster, cheaper and much more comfortable than buses or autos.
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 Willington Island '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 available from High Court Jetty to Vypeen jetty. Kerala State Government Ferry service to and fro is available for every 35 - 45 minutes from Ernakulam Main boat jetty to Mattancherry via Terminus jetty (Willington 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 an hour. Maximum fare is Rs.3/-.

Local Transport

Auto Rickshaws
Auto-Rickshaws are fairly cheaper than taxi cars. Minimum charge upto 3 Kms is Rs. 7/-. 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, Willington, Fort Kochi and many other places. Local passenger buses are coloured in red and pale yellow on top.

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 crowds. Rowboats offer to shuttle between Willington Island, Fort Cochin or Mattancherry.

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