Getting from Mumbai to Kerala
Getting from Mumbai to Kerala is fairly easy uncomplicated. Most international travelers tend to first land in Mumbai, to then make their way to this tropical paradise. Kerala is the land of lush green valleys and lazy backwaters, brightly painted Kathakali artists and gently draped gold-and-white saris. Aptly described as ‘God’s own country’, Kerala is every traveler’s dream. This article will explore some of the different ways of getting from Mumbai to Kerala.
Blessed with endlessly beautiful forests and beaches and bursting at the seams with gorgeous art, delicious food and healing Ayurveda, Kerala is the place to be. For more information about Kerala, check out our blog.
The scenic Konkan Railway Route in the Monsoons runs from Mumbai to Kerala (passing Goa enroute) Photo Credits
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Getting from mumbai to kerala by flight
- Kerala has three main airports, located in Cochin, Trivandrum and Calicut. All three airports are well connected with Mumbai, with many direct flights between each of them throughout the day.
- Fly from Mumbai to Cochin if you are travelling to Fort Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, Marari, Alleppey or Kumarakom.
- If you are visiting Kovalam or Varkala it is closer to fly into Trivandrum from Mumbai.
- Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod which are at the northernmost end of Kerala are closer to Calicut airport.
- Kochi Airport is serviced with the most number of flights from Mumbai. It means more flexibility on flight times and at times fares that are cheaper than for flights to Calicut or Trivandrum.
Tip: If you are looking at visiting North Kerala and flights to Calicut are expensive, you can look at flights to Mangalore.
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train from mumbai to kerala
- The southern India rail network known as the Konkan railway runs a number of trains between Mumbai and Kerala.
- The major railway stations are Calicut, Ernakulam Junction (close to Fort Cochin) and Trivandrum central. There are few trains that also halt at the Alleppey and Varkala stations.
- There are about 9 to 10 trains that run between Mumbai and Kerala. The average travel time is 16 to 24 hours, depending on the train and whether you plan to alight in North, Central or South Kerala.
- Avoid booking tickets on a train that does not start in Mumbai. These trains are often late and dirty as people have been riding on them for a while. For more information about train travel in Mumbai, check out our blog.
- The best trains to take are the ones that start from Mumbai CST, or Lokmaniya Tilak station. (Mumbai CST is the easiest to reach.)
- Avoid the trains to Kerala that you need to board from Kalyan or Vasai Road. These stations are listed as Mumbai stations but are far from the city.
- Since it is a long train journey to Kerala, it is nice to take a train to Kerala and then fly back.
- The journey is extremely scenic. So if you have the luxury of time, definitely take a train journey to savour and remember the beauty of Kerala.
For more information about train travel in India, have a look at our blog.
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getting from mumbai to kerala by Road
The least recommended option is to travel from Mumbai to Kerala by road.
- The distance from Mumbai to Cochin is 1377km.
- There are no direct buses that ply between the two regions.
- Driving to Kerala with a rented car would mean a journey of two days with a night halt. (A car hire would be very expensive and not all car rental agencies would be willing to send a car and driver from Mumbai to Kerala)
We recommend either taking a flight or train when travelling from Mumbai to Kerala as a drive would be tiresome and expensive.
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Stops en route
Goa, the most popular beach and party destination comes right between Mumbai and Kerala. You can either take a train or fly to Goa and then travel onwards to Kerala, or explore more travel options.
You can also make the entire way from Mumbai to Kerala your travel route. This way, you can stop at additional interesting places like the temple and ruin landscape of Hampi, the charming palace town of Mysore or the green region of Wayanad. From there you can easily get to Calicut and head down to Kochi by train. Our guest Rachel did this on her two-week-trip across South India. Check it out!
An alternative route is to fly from Mumbai to Mysore directly. This avoids the long Goa – Hampi – Mysore train journeys to then going to Kerala. This was Daphne’s idea for her two-week-trip to Kerala in May.
Alternatively, the coasts of Maharastra and Karnataka are dotted with idyllic small coastal towns. You can choose to stop at one of them. Do remember that you will have very basic tourist facilities there.
We would love to help you plan a trip to India that involve getting from Mumbai to Kerala, visiting gorgeous places en route. Plan your trip with us now and we will figure out the ideal travel route together with you.