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India: Kerala & Lakshadweep

How to get to and from hundreds of the world's airports by car, bus, train and other forms of public transport.

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Agatti Cochin Kozhikode Thiruvananthapuram Rest of India
Calicut Kochi   Trivandrum  

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Agatti, Lakshadweep Islands (AGX):
Location:
5 km/3 Miles South of Agatti.
By Autorickshaw:
Available.

By Boat: Ferry to Bangaram Island:
Bangaram Island is an international tourist resort, and the resort arranges ferry services to and from Agatti airport on flight days. Many resorts include transfers in the hotel prices.
By Helicopter:
Helicopter transfers to Bangaram are available. Contact +91 4894 42792.
Airport Tel No:
+91 4894 42217.

Updated Sep06 www. 
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Calicut/Kozhikode - Karipur (CCJ):
Location: 23 km/14 Miles SE of Calicut/Kozhikode but 28 km/18 Miles by road. 14 km/9 Miles by road to the resorts at Kadavu, 23 km/14 Miles from Malappuram & 112 km/70 Miles from Palakkad.
Airport Overview:
One small terminal divided into arrival and departure sides.

By Taxi:
A Pre-paid taxi desk is in arrivals. Costs are as follows and are paid to the driver: To Calicut city centre hotels ~INR 400/40-50 mins, Taj Hotel INR 442, Manjeri INR 383, Malappuram INR 383, Ooty INR 2165, Coimbatore 2310, Kochi/Cochin 2640, Alanallore INR 937 & Quillon INR 4290. Costs are slightly higher for air-conditioned taxis. For the trip from the city back to the airport, expect to pay INR 450 (non AC) or INR 550 with AC.
By Bus:
No bus service to the terminal runs at the moment, however, the airport is only 2.3 km/1.5 Miles from the main road from Palakkad to Calicut/Kozhikode, and can be reached in 5 mins from the airport by taxi or auto rickshaw. For those really keen to save money, regular buses run from there to both Palakkad & Calicut city centres.
Car Parking:
Parking directly in front of the terminal is for drop & go only. Parking is available a little further away. Cars or jeeps INR 60, 2-wheelers INR 15. Premium car park INR 120.
Airport Hotels:
None at the terminal, but the Plaza Airport Hotel is half a km away and has air-conditioned rooms.

Notes:
A 24 hr ATM/Cash machine is outside arrivals. On exit turn right. There is no hotel booking desk at this airport, but there is a small Kerala Tourism desk in arrivals, but it was closed on my visit.
Airport Website: www.calicutairport.com
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Airport Tel No:
+91 493 712630.
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Cochin/Kochi Intl (COK):
Location:
Near the town of Nedumbassery, 24 km/16 Miles NE of Ernakulam, 28 km/18 Miles NE of Fort Cochin & 44 km/28 Miles SSE of Trichur.
By Road:
To Ernakulam 33 km/21 Miles/45-60 mins, Willingdon Island & Taj Malabar Hotel 43 km/27 Miles/65-80 mins & Fort Cochin 45 km/28 Miles/75-90 mins.

Airport Overview:
A beautiful, brand new Intl arrivals terminal opened in May 2006. The other terminal buildings are joined in a long line.


By Taxi:
General: A Pre-paid taxi desk is in the arrivals halls of both terminals. Tel 2610115 Ext 2107 (domestic) & Ext 2242 (Intl).
Approx Costs: Costs are as follows and are paid to the taxi desk: To Ernakulam INR 466 Non AC (INR 631 with AC)/45-60 mins, to Fort Kochi INR 635 non AC/75-90 mins, To Willingdon Island and the Taj Malabar Hotel INR 606 non AC/65-80 mins. Prices are held on a computer at the desk. For the trip back to the airport expect to pay INR 400-500.
Taxi Companies: Smitha Taxi Tel 0484 2359069 or 3951784.

By Bus:
Airport Buses: Outside the departure terminal is a KSRTC bus stop. Buses call here as follows:
To Aluva at 0650, 0720, 0940 & 1715. To Ankamali at 0850, 1845 & 2010. To Chalakudi at 1310 & 1700. To Neduvannur at 1935. To Cherthala at 1710. To Alappuzha at 0930, 1020, & 1620. Fast bus to Punaloor at 1045. Fast bus to Pathanamthitta at 1400. To Thrissur. To Guruvayoor at 1300. Buses also run to Trivandrum & Kottayam. Contact: KSRTC on 0484 2372033.
Other than a posted timetable, little info about these buses seems to be available.
Other Buses: The airport is ~5 km/3 Miles from the main Kochi/Cochin - Salem Road. Many buses run along this road. Those keen to save a few rupees can take a taxi or autorickshaw to this road, then catch a bus.


By Train: There is no train station at the airport, however, the main Railway line from Kanyakumari to Delhi is adjacent to the airport and it is situated between Alwaye and Angamaly Railway Stations.
Car Parking:
Plenty of parking space opposite the terminals: Cars & Jeeps INR 30, 2 or 3 wheelers INR 10.
Airport Hotels: No hotels at the terminal itself, but within half a kilometre are the following: Hotel Cochin Durbar, Quality Airport Hotel, Hotel Royal Wings, Abad Airport Hotel & others.
Baggage Storage:
Left luggage is reported to be available in the terminal.
Notes:
A 24 hr ATM/Cash machine is outside the arrivals terminal in the car park opposite. There is no hotel booking desk at this airport, but there is a small Kerala Tourism desk in arrivals, but it was closed on my visit. Non-passengers can enter the terminals before 5pm for INR 75 (Intl term), INR 20 (domestic term) & INR 15 for the viewing gallery.
Airport Website: www.cochin-airport.in
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Trivandrum/Thiruvananthapuram (TRV):
Location: 
6 km/4 miles WSW of the City center & 16 km/10 miles NNW from the beach resort of Kovalam.
Airport Overview: 2 terminals, close together not joined. A 2 minute walk apart. Terminal 1 is domestic & Terminal 2 Intl.


By Taxi:
General: A Prepaid taxi desk is in the baggage hall with a board showing prices and distances to popular destinations. Get a coupon from the desk, but pay the driver direct.
Approx Costs: Prices are for non-AC taxis. For air-conditioning add 50%. To the city centre ~INR 210/20 mins, city bus stand INR 150, To Kovalam ~INR 313/25 mins, Vizhinjam Harbour INR 406, Neyyar Dam INR 788 & Ponmudi or Padmanabhapuram INR 1250.

By Bus:
KSRTC Bus#14 to Trivandrum city: Runs from outside the Intl terminal to the city bus stand in Trivandrum city centre. Cost: INR 10. Travel Time: Takes ~30 mins.
Other: KSRTC buses also run from here to Kannur and other places. No timetable seems to be posted, but departures are fairly regular.

Notes: ATMs/Cash machines are available outside both terminals. In the Intl term, exit the building and turn left to the next building. Hotel booking desk in the baggage hall.
Airport Website: www.airportsindia.org.in.

Airport Tel No:
+91 471 500 283.
Updated Dec09 www. 
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