Pristine Isle Resort

Kovilakam, Kuthiathode, Cherthala, Kochi, Kerala, 688533, India
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Airport Taxi

by Gregsta

Hello all,

Have you any idea how long it will take to get through customs etc at the airport in Cochin?

.. and then how long a taxi journey will take from the airport to Fort Cochin at around 5am. Also how much is this taxi journey likely to cost?


Re: Airport Taxi

by StuHenderson

Hi Greg

Cochin is a small airport with only a plane or two at anytime. Are you flying internationally to Cochin? Normally flights come via Delhi, Bangalore, Chenai etc. Anyway you should only need 30-60 minutes to get through the airport. Taxi into town will take about 15-20 minutes and cost you less then $5 dollars.

Can be bloody hot and humid in summer so have fun.



Re: Re: Airport Taxi

by Gregsta

Hi Stuart,

I am flying via Mumbai to Cochin. Does the customs/immigration at Cochin take a long time?


Re: Re: Airport Taxi

by travelmad478

If you're entering India at Mumbai then you will clear customs and immigration there, not at Cochin. You'll fly into Mumbai's international airport, clear customs, and then transfer to the domestic airport (a different building) for the flight to Cochin. Mumbai immigration can indeed take a long time, depending on how many flights are coming in when you land. I've waited there 45 minutes sometimes. It also usually takes quite a while for the bags to come out.

Cochin's airport is quite a distance from the city. At 5 AM there will not be traffic, but expect the ride to take around 45 minutes anyway. The roads around there are not great.

Sorry, I've no idea what the taxi ride might cost.

Re: Airport Taxi

by suru

If you land in Mumbai from a foreign country, you will have to go through immigration and customs at Mumbai. Mumbai being a very busy airport you can keep safely 45mns -50mnts to come out of the terminal building with your registered baggage.
From Mumbai to Cochin is a domestic flight and so you don't (repeat don't) need to clear through immigration and customas again.

Cochin Airport is a bit far from the city and takes about 45mnts depending on the trafic.Since early morning at 5am is not a peak hour you should be able to reach Fort cochin in about 30-40mnts.

You can take a prepaid taxi from the cochin airport which is the best. No idea as to the present taxi fare from airport to Fort Cochin.

Cochin also being an international airport, you can also arrive at Cochin.

Re: Re: Airport Taxi

by dsantosh

Cochin has now become the international airport.This is one of the best airports in India. One can do the customs and immigration formalities here. This you can do by chooing the flights coming via middle east or taking Air Inia flights through Mumbai.

The other international airports in the state are Trivandrum and Calicut.

Travel Tips for Kochi

Emirates Air

by PierreZA

I flew to Kochi via Dubai with Emirates Airlines. I fly often with Emirates and never han a bad experience.
Arriving in Kochi is better, compared to Mumbai and Delhi.
Emirates have 3 flights per day from Johannesburg to Dubai, and recently introduced flights from Cape Town to Dubai!

Jew Town

by suvanki

It's thought that there has been a Jewish community in Cochin for over 2,000 years, when refugees from Jerusalem, fled persecution from Nebuchadnezzar.

Although many members have returned to live in Israel, a small group has remained. Sadly their numbers have rapidly dwindled, and only a dozen elderly members of the community remained at the time of my visit.

Jew Town has a number of antique and handicraft shops, a chance to try your bargaining skills!

Old warehouses, and shuttered houses, with intricate designed windows and balconies offer good photo opportunities. A scent of spices wafts in the air from the spice shops, as this is the centre of the spice trade!

The Kochi International Pepper Exchange was established over 50 years ago and is open to visitors.

The main attraction of this area is the Synagogue.

It can get pretty crowded with various tour groups!

If travelling independently, It's probably best to arrive early morning or late afternoon, to get a better feel of the place!

I enjoyed the short time spent here, and would love to return one day to explore at leisure, and without feeling so ill!

Please see my Synagogue tip for more info.

Kerala Kathakali

by Skibbe

Rustic theater where you can watch nightly demonstrations of Kathakali. This is a very old performance art that tells a story through elaborate makeup and costumes and gestures rather than words. I didn't follow the story very well even though they give out a printed summary of it but it was fun to watch. Supposedly it takes them seven years of training to be able to do this. It starts at 6:30 p.m. but you can come as early as five to watch them apply the makeup.

Fish Market

by suvanki

Near to the Chinese Fishing Nets, is probably the freshest supply of fish in Cochin, as the catch from the nets is brought here, to the market.

Lobster, crabs, mullet, sardines and freshwater fish are on display, as are fish from further afield that are also sold here.

Nearby, are fish fryers. You purchase your fish, then take it across to the kitchens where it will be prepared, cooked and served for a few rupees.

I didn't try this myself, but it sounds like a good dining out experience! I found it quite interesting looking at all the unusual fish on display

As You can see from the picture, the stall holder was quite happy to pose for our small group to take a photo

Fort Kochi a beautiful islandcity

by gonzo747

Fort Kochi reminded me a bit of old europe. the teapots I saw over there looked like the ones over here 50 years ago.
Fort Kochi has a really relaxing feel to it. If it's on your way you'll have to visit it.


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