How well connected is Kochuveli station in Trivandrum

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Hi all,
I guess there are 2 railway stations in Trivandrum. I want to know how well connected Kochuveli station is with the Trivandrum airport.
Are there any decent hotels for a single female?
Are there taxis available for airport and how safe they are at wee hours ?

Any more guidance are also welcome.
Thanks.
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Kochuveli is not too far from Trivandrum central

You will be able to get a taxi or auto from Kochuveli to Airport - but I am not sure if there is any prepaid auto or taxi stand - which ideally means that you might be taken for ride .

Can you tell me - are you coming to Kerala by train - if yes then which train because -few Kochuveli trains actually go down to TVC (Trivandrum central)

or if its the other way around airport to Kochuveli - then there should be no problems
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Thanks Dimitrz,

The tickets have not been booked yet. It's Garib rath (it's fastest & cheapest) which stops only at Kochuveli. The other trains which stop at TVC take very long journey time.
Do you think it is still worth to take those trains instead of one stopping at Kochuveli considering the proximity and other facilities?
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Hi Nisha can you tell me your initial plan

As in
1) why are you looking for connectivity from Kochuveli to Airport - are you planning to catch a flight within hours of arriving in Kochuveli ?

2) If not what do you plan to do the first couple of days after arriving in Kochuveli

Maybe then I could give a better insight into your requirement

Currently Garib rath will bring you to Kochuveli by around 9 in the night - giving you lesser negotiation power

TRIVANDRAM EXP is a good option since it starts at 12:05 and reaches by early morning 04:00 at TVC ( which is not as bad as it sounds )

anyways let me check with my friends if there are any Pre paid service ( I predominantly use TVC )- else I can find out the price of a pre arranged taxi for you - but as I said lot depends upon what excatly you want to do once you reach Trivandrum.

Ps: also let me know what type of place are you planning to stay at in Trivandrum - if thats your plan ( that will help me answer your question on facilities )

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Hi Dimitrz,
1) Yes, I have to catch an international flight from Trivandrum at 8 AM in the morning for which I need to be at the airport by 5 AM.
2) I am not sure if they would allow me to enter the airport directly after reaching there by train at around 9 at night. That means I have to check in a hotel for that night and proceed for airport early morning.
Other option is to go there 1-2 days early (in that case Garib rath is not available & I'll have to take a longer journey train which I want to avoid), see the town and take my flight on stipulated day.

I'll definitely prefer the first option. Not too keen on seeing the place with worrying abt my packed luggage for trip abroad.

My requirement for hotel is basic cleanliness, safety and approachable.

Looking forward to hear from you again.
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Originally Posted by Nisha J View Post Hi Dimitrz,
1) Yes, I have to catch an international flight from Trivandrum at 8 AM in the morning for which I need to be at the airport by 5 AM.


Looking forward to hear from you again.
the other trains also reach so early around 03 hr ( not a comfortable time foe a lone female ) going one day early and settling at some near by hotel is a good option.
Earlier they used to allow the people to enter the 10 hrs advance
if you are not a first times then there is no problem You can reach even before 2.30 hrs
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Hi Nisha

I believe you have 3 options here

before that Some fact
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Kochuveli is approx 11km from town (read TVC )and approx 6/7 km from Technopark.

Airport: I guess is roundabout the same distance from both place.

wouldn't take more than 45 mins from either place to airport - the way people drive in Kerala I wont be surprised if the distance is covered in 30 mins


Option 1

You come by Garib rath

You get picked up by a taxi which takes you to a decent guest house near Technopark ---> you spend few hours there possibly catch few winks ----> taxi drops you to airport

Cost involved - Taxi will cost you Rs 1000/- and accommodation will cost you between Rs 500/- to Rs 1000/-

so consolidated you are looking at cost between Rs 1500/- to Rs 2000/-


Option 2

You take the TRIVANDRAM EXP which brings you to TVC at 4am ( even if the train is late - it wont be late by more than 2 hours) so you will be in TVC anywhere between 4 am to 6 am -----> you then take a prepaid auto or taxi to airport which should cost you around Rs 500-600/-

Advantage - you spend less money in Trivandrum and might be able to catch better sleep


Option 3

as nairpriya2004 suggested come down few days in advance ---> dump luggage in hotel and do some sightseeing

hope this helps


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Originally Posted by nairpriya2004 View Post the other trains also reach so early around 03 hr ( not a comfortable time foe a lone female )
well Trivandrum is relatively safer for females at that time - haven't heard of any crime related to tourist - though I am not prompting you to travel during odd hours - it should be okay in a taxi
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Hi both of you,

Thanks for your suggestions. I'll see what I can do. And then share my experience here.
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Originally Posted by Nisha J View Post Hi all,
I guess there are 2 railway stations in Trivandrum. I want to know how well connected Kochuveli station is with the Trivandrum airport.
Are there any decent hotels for a single female?
Are there taxis available for airport and how safe they are at wee hours ?

Any more guidance are also welcome.
Thanks.
Hey Nisha if I am not wrong you gonna catch your Trivandrum to KL flight right?

Me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am going to Trivandrum from Pune by train.
I also want to ask similar question.

From Kochuveli to Statue = what is frequency of public transport buses in afternoon?

If I come there by "Kerala Kranti express" it stops at Kochuveli by 2:00 pm which is fine. From there I need to go to Statue where is YMCA & I booked my room there.

Can some1 tell me average pricing of private taxi/rickshaw if 1 takes from Kochuveli to Statue? or Alternative public transport nearby rail way station?

I am going to be there by 12th Feb.
Netravati express reaches at TVC CST by 7:00 pm which is too late. I want to reach by day time because also want to visit "Shree Padmanabhaswami temple" if possible.
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Originally Posted by Nisha J View Post Hi both of you,

Thanks for your suggestions. I'll see what I can do. And then share my experience here.
Nisha as you travelling from Mumbai [ I assume that ]

Update: You may also think of YMCA hotel @ Statue which is very affordable, descent place. YMCA exists world wide. They have a/c & non a/c rooms for all transit guests. Say I paid 495/- rs for 1 pax for 1 day their. I sent them Demand Draft today itself. :P

Take "Kerala Kranti express" ?? or "Netravati express" from Panvel? I am also going to catch 1 of those train from Panvel.

And to come back "Cape Mumbai express" is there which starts from Kanyakumari or "Netravati" express + I think more trains for Mumbai. For me only Cape Mumbai stops at Pune rest trains goes via Panvel.
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Originally Posted by Nisha J View Post Hi Dimitrz,

2) I am not sure if they would allow me to enter the airport directly after reaching there by train at around 9 at night. That means I have to check in a hotel for that night and proceed for airport early morning.
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Legally they should allow you to enter in to airport by night. 1 of my friend waited for similarly 8~9 hours before her flight at Mumbai airport. they usually dont take objection if duration is less than 24 hours. And you have a valid reason to stay in airport. You are coming all the way from other city not from Trivandrum. They will not object dont worry. If they object ask for airport manager they'll allow you to remain inside airport.
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Hi sco1984 welcome to Indiamike

Ideally instead of posting so many post you can save your time by selecting mutiquote option which is to the right of Quote

As per my sources there are no prepaid Taxi or Auto available in Kochuveli - keeping that in mind and also keeping in mind you are a non Keralite - expect to shell out close to Rs 300/- from Kochuveli to Statue ( which is in heart of the city) I expect it would be close to 10km from Kochuveli .

Try to bargain pretending you are a regular visitor and stick to Rs 100 for auto and Rs 200 for taxi - if they fall for it then you are lucky
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Originally Posted by Dimitrz View Post Hi sco1984 welcome to Indiamike

Ideally instead of posting so many post you can save your time by selecting mutiquote option which is to the right of Quote

As per my sources there are no prepaid Taxi or Auto available in Kochuveli - keeping that in mind and also keeping in mind you are a non Keralite - expect to shell out close to Rs 300/- from Kochuveli to Statue ( which is in heart of the city) I expect it would be close to 10km from Kochuveli .

Try to bargain pretending you are a regular visitor and stick to Rs 100 for auto and Rs 200 for taxi - if they fall for it then you are lucky
Oh yes sorry about that..

Thanks for the info. I think I better keep reservation of " Netravati Express" train booking which reaches at Trivandrum Central by 06:50 pm. From their, Statue wont be so far. At least on Google earth it seems close.
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Yes from TVC its just few km away but the main advantage is that you have atleast Pre Paid auto in TVC ( I am sure even pre paid taxi would be available )
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May I know what is Statue here? And how far is it from TVC station? How much should an autorickshaw ideally cost to reach there ?
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