Getting to & from Kerala
Kerala is the only state in India to have two Visa-On-Arrival entry ports for tourists at Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. The two airports have special desks for VOA for passport holders of Japan, Finland, Singapore, Indonesia, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar. More countries will be soon added.
By Air – Thiruvanthapuram (Trivandrum), Kozhikode (Calicut) and Kochi (Cochin) are Kerala’s air transport hubs; these and other towns are connected to everywhere else in India by bus and train.
By Train – Indian Railways operates several trains to and from Kerala. More than 300 plus trains connect Kerala to all parts of India, including long-haul direct train services to cities like Delhi and Mumbai.
By Bus – Inter-state private and government buses operates between neighbouring states. It is best to travel at night so that you can escape the heat of the day. The most common inter-state bus is Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC-Karnataka) with daily buses to most of the major cities in Kerala from Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore. Tamil Nadu State Bus like SETC also operates regularly from Kerala. Kerala’s state bus, KRSTC do have regular ordinary buses to most of the nearby cities in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. KRSTC also operates a few Volvo AC buses to Bangalore and Coimbatore.
Getting around Kerala
Several modes of transport operate throughout the state making it easy and affordable to get to and from the different cities in Kerala. For the budget traveller, there are several buses that connect the cities to one another. For travellers who require more comfortable travel options, there are taxis and auto rickshaws which are easily available from anywhere in the cities. Private cars with chauffeurs can also be booked through hotels in the cities.