There are 6 ways to get from Chennai to Kerala backwaters by plane, bus or train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Kochi  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Madras (MAA) to Kochi (COK) MAA - COK

$21 - $130

Cheapest option

Bus  •  12 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Chennai to Cochin

$8 - $13

4 alternative options

Fly to Coimbatore, bus  •  7 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Madras (MAA) to Coimbatore (CJB) MAA - CJB
  2. Take the bus from Coimbatore to Ernakulam

$36 - $125

Fly to Calicut, bus  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Madras (MAA) to Calicut (CCJ) MAA - CCJ
  2. Take the bus from Calicut to Ernakulam

$54 - $266

Fly to Trivandrum, train  •  8 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Madras (MAA) to Trivandrum (TRV) MAA - TRV
  2. Take the train from Thiruvananthapuram Central (TVC) to Mulanturutti (MNTT)

$39 - $179

Train  •  11 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Chennai Central (MAS) to Tripunitura (TRTR) Trivandrum Mail / ...

$13 - $22

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chennai to Kerala backwaters is to bus which costs ₹550 - ₹950 and takes 12 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chennai to Kerala backwaters is to fly which costs ₹1,400 - ₹9,000 and takes 3 h 28 min.

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The distance between Chennai and Kerala backwaters is 558 km.

It takes approximately 3 h 28 min to get from Chennai to Kerala backwaters, including transfers.

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What companies run services between Chennai, India and Kerala backwaters, India?

Air India Limited, Vistara and two other airlines fly from Chennai to Kerala backwaters every 3 hours. Alternatively, Indian Railways operates a train from Chennai to Kerala backwaters once daily. Tickets cost $13 - $22 and the journey takes 11 h 29 min.

Airlines
IndiGo Airlines
Website
goindigo.in
Flights from Madras to Kochi
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $360
Flights from Madras to Kochi via Tiruchirapalli
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $360
Flights from Madras to Kochi via Bengaluru
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $360
Flights from Madras to Coimbatore
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $230
Flights from Madras to Calicut
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $600
Flights from Madras to Trivandrum
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $280
Spicejet
Website
spicejet.com
Flights from Madras to Kochi
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $310
Flights from Madras to Coimbatore
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $230
Flights from Madras to Calicut
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $400
Flights from Madras to Calicut via Bengaluru
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $400
Flights from Madras to Trivandrum
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Air India Limited
Website
airindia.in
Flights from Madras to Kochi
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $240
Flights from Madras to Coimbatore
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Madras to Trivandrum
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $300
Vistara
Website
airvistara.com
Flights from Madras to Kochi
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $270
Jet Airways
Website
jetairways.com
Flights from Madras to Coimbatore
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Air India Express
Website
airindiaexpress.in
Flights from Madras to Trivandrum
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $190
Train operators
Indian Railways
Website
indianrail.gov.in
Train from Thiruvananthapuram Central (TVC) to Mulanturutti (MNTT)
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $16
Book at
irctc.co.in
Train from Chennai Central (MAS) to Tripunitura (TRTR)
Ave. Duration
11 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $22
Book at
irctc.co.in
Bus operators
RedBus
Website
redbus.in
Bus from Coimbatore to Ernakulam
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Book at
redbus.in
Bus from Calicut to Ernakulam
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Book at
redbus.in
Bus from Chennai to Cochin
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Book at
redbus.in

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