Getting from Goa to Kerala

We often find that travellers like to go from Goa to Kerala when travelling in South India. Both Goa and Kerala lie on the West Coast of India. Travelling between these two states can be somewhat difficult, so we have written this article to help you get from Goa to Kerala. We have listed a few suggested travel options.

Here are a few suggested travel options from Goa to Kerala

Getting from goa to kerala

Plan your trip

By Train

Train is one of the best ways to get from Goa to Kerala, running along the west coast. There are more than half a dozen trains that run between Goa and Kerala. Before choosing the train to take, keep the following points in mind.

Most of the trains that connect Goa to Kerala originate from further north of Goa. Some originate from Delhi, Rajasthan while most of them start in Mumbai. Try picking a train that starts from Mumbai as chances of it running delayed are lesser than the other trains. For more information on train travel in India, check out our blog.

Some trains reach Goa in the middle of the night between 2:00-3:00 am. While Goa is generally safe it is better to avoid these trains as the railway stations can be deserted at that hour.

Goa has a number of railway stations. If you are staying in North Goa then either Pernem or Thivim should be your boarding station. For South Goa, Madgaon or Cancona should be your boarding station.

Similarly, Kerala has a number of railway stations. If you planning to visit Fort Cochin followed by Munnar and Thekkady you should disembark the train at Ernakulam junction station. If you plan to head to the backwaters then Allepey, or Varkala if you plan to head the beaches in Kerala. Calicut is you stop if you are looking at exploring North Kerala.

The train journey is between 12-14 hours and is advisable to book your train tickets well in advance. Ideally as soon as bookings for your travel date open up i.e. 120 days prior to date of travel.

The train journey from Goa to Kerala is extremely scenic and the cheapest way to get between Goa to Kerala. For more information about train travel in South India, visit our blog. 

Plan your trip

by bus 

Often travellers think that they can take a direct bus between Goa and Kerala, since it is possible from Mumbai to Goa. However, this option is not possible.

There are no buses that run between Goa and Kerala. One might think it would be possible if they break the journey into two separate bus journeys. Even then there are no bus options in whichever combination that will take you from Goa to Kerala.

Hiring a car and driver to drive you between Goa and Kerala will be extremely difficult to find, it would be a very long and expensive journey even if you found a driver that agreed to drive you.

Plan your trip

by flight 

One can fly between Goa and Kerala, however, there are no direct flights between Goa and Kerala. You will find most options that fly you to Kochi with a stop or plan change in Mumbai and a few options with a stop or flight change in Bangalore. This one stop flight tends to be more expensive than direct flights between two cities you might take in India. It is advisable to book in advance as the fares for one stop flights can really soar closer to travel dates. However, this is not the most sustainable way to travel, so we would suggest train travel as the better option.

Plan your trip

stops en-route

One can travel from Goa to Kerala using a combination of trains and buses and include few more destinations on their way. You can travel eastwards to Hampi, a gorgeous city of ruins then south to Mysore or Bangalore and finally to Kerala. One can also make stops along the cost in Gokarana, Mangalore, North Kerala and finally Kochi, Kerala.

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One response to “Getting from Goa to Kerala
  1. Goa and Kerala are both visit worthy places in India. There should be easy access between these two places. We hope well equipped south will arrange easy access in near future. No visitors will suffer to find the easy route and services to go from Goa to Kerala and from Kerala to Goa.

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