Transportation by Road in Kerala

The state has a huge network of roads connecting Kerala to the neighbouring states as well as connecting almost all the towns and villages within the state. Five National Highways pass through the state. NH 47 runs from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu to Coimbatore, also in Tamil Nadu. The highway passes through five districts of Kerala. NH 17 runs from Edapally in Ernakulam district, cuts through six districts and reaches Mangalore in neighbouring Karnataka. NH 49 runs from Kochi to Madurai in Tamil Nadu. Calicut and Kollegal (in Karnataka) are connected by NH 212. And finally, Cochin and Palakkad are connected by NH 213. All in all, the road connectivity is excellent.

Bus Services are managed by the state run Kerala State Road Transport CorporationKSRTC. The corporation maintains bus stations in all district headquarters and other towns and cities. There are services for travel within the state as well as to and from the neighbouring states. There are several types of services, all with different ticket rates and different comfort levels. There are several private bus services to choose from as well. They run on both rural and urban routes.

Taxis are available at all hours near bus and railway stations. Tourist Taxis can also be hired to get around the different places.

Auto rickshaws are available at designated stands throughout Kerala. These vehicles are quite commonly hired by the local population and are a cheap mode of transport.

Rental cars with or without chauffeurs are available for inter and intra city travel.

There are different types of taxes to be paid when you hire a car or taxi. These payments will have to be borne by the traveller and are usually not included in the quoted rates. State taxes if you travel out of the state, toll taxes, parking fees, ferry charges, night halt charges etc. are some examples.