How To Reach KERALA
We will provide you transportation from the Cochin International Airport to our retreat location in Alappuzha, Kerala. Once you book our retreat, we will be communicating with you via email and coordinate your pickup time and location. We recommend you to reach Cochin via Air or Train. Despite the relatively short distance from Cochin International Airport to our retreat location (approximately 70 km), transportation duration averages 1.5 hours depending on traffic.
Kerala is an enchanting tourist destination affectionately dubbed as ‘God’s Own Country’. With bountiful natural beauty, Kerala lies wedged between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. A spectacular travel destination, Kerala has in store for you some timeless and unmatched spots, including palm-fringed beaches, undulating hills, pristine backwaters, evergreen forests and many more. Fly to this stunning land to get amazed by the wonders of its many attractions. The video below provides you information on the international airports in Kerala.
The most convenient way is to fly directly to Cochin International Airport (IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCI). Cochin Airport is an international airport situated in the city of Kochi, Kerala. Located about 30 km (19 mi) northeast of Kochi, it is the busiest and largest airport in the state of Kerala. Cochin airport is the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of international passenger traffic after Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. On 18 Aug 2015, it became the world's first fully solar energy powered airport with the inauguration of the dedicated solar plant.
Visa-on-arrival is available in Cochin Airport, when you have receive an “electronic travel authorization” via email. Once you arrive at Cochin, Goa, you’ll need to present your electronic travel authorization, have your biometric details recorded at immigration and you can stay in the country for 30 day
What if I am not flying directly to Cochin ?
Cochin Airport offers domestic connections from all major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad & Trivandrum.
We recommend following travel sites to book your airline ticket:
http://www.makemytrip.com ( Most popular Indian travel site)
With 63,000 km of rail routes and 6,800 stations, the passenger rail network in India is the third biggest in the world after Russia and China.
Cochin (Ernakulam Junction) station is well connected with railways from major cities of India. We recommend the following goverment official sites to book your local train tickets:
Welcome to India! Citizens of 43 countries, including the U.S., Brazil, Germany and Australia, can now apply for a visa-on-arrival, cutting out the need to visit an Indian embassy and wait in line for a permit.
What you need is a passport valid for six months, a photograph (a square image without borders — against a white or light background), $60 and four days. You can upload these documents along with an online application form on this website, pay your visa fees via debit or credit card, and wait to receive an “electronic travel authorization” via email.
You must apply at least four days prior and up to 30 days in advance of your visit to India, and once you arrive you can only stay in the country for 30 days. When you arrive at one of nine airports — New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Trivandrum — you’ll need to present your electronic travel authorization, and have your biometric details recorded at immigration.
Note: You can’t extend this visa, or apply for it more than twice in a year. Obtain any required visas and other documentation prior to your traveling. If you are unable to obtain a visa, the Cancellation Policy for the Hamsa Retreats will apply.