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How to Reach kanyakumari

How to Reach Kanyakumari by Air

Kanyakumari doesn’t have its own airport, yet air travel is the most popular mode of travel amongst travellers, for this journey. That’s because the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport lies just 90 km away, in the neighbouring state of Kerala. The airport has two terminals, one for domestic and the other international. Both of these are well connected to cities around India and indeed the world, especially Asian and Middle East countries. Direct flights to Thiruvanathapuram fly from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Cochin, to name a few. They are serviced by all major domestic airlines such as IndiGo, GoAir, Vistara, SpiceJet and Air India. From the airport, you can switch to on-ground transportation such as taxis, private vehicles for hire, bus or train for the 3-hour journey from Thiruvanathapuram to Kanyakumari.

The airports at Chennai and Madurai offer great alternatives when choosing air travel to reach Kanyakumari, as they too welcome flights from all regions of India and the final distance to be covered by road or train is just a few hours.

How to Reach Kanyakumari by Railways

India is known for its remarkable train journeys and the one to Kanyakumari is no different. If you’re looking for a comfortable, convenient and affordable way to reach the town while also enjoying spectacular views of the countryside along the way, this is the best way to arrive at Kanyakumari, especially since it has its own station. The junction welcomes trains from all parts of the country, including Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi. The distance and length of your journey depend on where you’re coming from. Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari Vivek Express, Howrah-Kanyakumari Express, Thirukural Express and Himsagar Express are some of the more popular trains amongst those travelling to Kanyakumari. It’s always good to make train ticket bookings well in advance as they sell out very quickly. Alternatively, you could take a train to nearby cities like Chennai or Thiruvanathapuram and switch to a taxi or bus from there. 

How to Reach Kanyakumari by Road

Drive past some of the most breath-taking coastal and cultural regions of the country, by taking a road journey to Kanyakumari. Major national highways connect the town to other parts of South India and the rest of the country. You could choose to drive your own car, book a taxi or take a bus. Self-driving lets you take the scenic route, stop wherever you’d like and reach the destination at your leisure. Taxis are a more hassle-free option, where you don’t have to do anything but enjoy the passing views. Bus services are the most economical of the options, with deluxe and luxury state buses as well as inter-state buses running to and from Kanyakumari, by the government and private operators.


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How to commute within Kanyakumari

Exploring Kanyakumari town by car — either taxi or car rental — is of most preference. They are found conveniently, with many of the private operators having a digital presence that lets you book either through websites or apps. Furthermore, public cabs are found on every street and can simply be hailed when required.

Local buses are a wonderful way to get from place to place in Kanyakumari. This is a great opportunity to travel alongside residents and really get a feel of everyday life in and around the town. Apart from the government-run buses, there are privatized ones offering that extra bit of comfort that’s sometimes needed when on holiday.

A simpler option is to take auto-rickshaws, the open-sided three-wheelers that can get you from one place to another in no time, especially in a town the size of Kanyakumari. They are the most commonly found, much cheaper than taxis and on occasion can provide quite the ride! 

Kanyakumari isn’t the biggest of towns and some parts of your touring or sightseeing can easily be done on foot. Make it a part of your activity for the day, especially when visiting the beaches or city centre, marketplaces or around the big attractions. 

Now you know all about reaching the very tip of the country. What an amazing upcoming holiday destination to look forward to! And you can do just that by booking yourself one of Thomas Cook’s spectacular Kanyakumari Tours. 


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