Location & access
The picturesque backwaters of Kerala are one of India’s most enchanting destinations. Motor Vessel Vrinda sails on a three nights/four days itinerary from Vembanad Lake jetty. It is located 45 kms from the city of Cochin, once the centre of the thriving spice trade and now the principal port on the Malabar coast. The city’s rich trading past is reflected in the Portuguese, Dutch and British influences evident in its architecture. The one hour journey from Cochin airport to the Vrinda jetty is done by an air-conditioned vehicle.
Cochin (Airport Code: COK) has regular domestic flights to Agatti, Bangalore, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Madras and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum - the capital of Kerala).
Currently, there are also regular international flights to the Arabian Gulf countries. Flights to other destinations will start soon. Other international airports nearby includes Mumbai, Madras, Bangalore and Trivandrum.
Three important National Highways pass through or start from Cochin, apart from many state roads. NH 47 from Kanyakumari to Salem pass right through the heart of Cochin while NH 17 to Mumbai and NH 49 to Madurai (in Tamil Nadu) starts from Kochi. Private and public transport services are available to and from all major cities of South India from here.
Cochin is connected to the rest of India by an extensive network of rails. Cochin has two main railway stations, Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town. Many important trains start from here and many others pass through these stations.
Cochin has a magnificent all weather natural port. Regular boat service to places like Kottayam and Alleppey are available through the scenic backwaters of Kerala.