Kanyakumari is located at a distance of 664 km from Bangalore. Known for its beaches, temples and historic significance, Kanyakumari is well connected to Bangalore by railways and road ways. However, the best way to reach Kanyakumari is by train. Take a direct train from Bangalore to Kanyakumari, a journey of about 12 hours 30 minutes. Most of the stations have basic facilities like drinking water, toilets, snack bars and eating joints.
Transport options from Bangalore to Kanyakumari
Bangalore to Kanyakumari By Train: Take a direct train from Bangalore to Kanyakumari. The best train to take is the Bangalore-Kanyakumari Island Express. This is also one of the neatest trains that travels through Kerala. The Kanyakumari Railway station is just a kilometer away from the Kanyakumari Beach. You could take an auto rickshaw to travel within the city from the station's auto stand.
Bangalore to Kanyakumari By Car: Take a car or hire a cab from Bangalore to Kanyakumari, a journey of about 8 hours. The places covered during the journey are Bangalore->Hosur->Dharmapuri->Salem->Karur->Tiruchirappallio->Dindigul->Madurai->Tirunelveli->Nagercoil->Kanyakumari. The cost of the can ranges from INR 9 to INR 48, depending upon the type of car. There are several small coffee shops and eating joints en route which serve typical South Indian dishes. Suitable for families and groups.
I travelled from Trivendrum to Kanyakumari by road on a taxi. It took 3.5 hrs in a single road. Only advantage is you can cover few places like, Poovar, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Nagorcoil Temple and Sucindram Temple. Not much hotels enroute so its better to have it in Trivendrum and in Kanyakumari.
The journey was nice and it takes around 14 hours to reach there. Sleeper bus is preferred as you don't want to bust your backs travelling. The landscape which you see is very nice especially the windmill farms which you get as you near your destination. Overall journey is comfortable and worth taking.
We went to Kanyakumari with our own Ford Ikon Car and we left Bangalore at around 2:00 am on Diwali night and reached around 10 am. Road was smooth and at night there was not much off traffic so driving was comfortable. We got disappointed by paying toll fee and we paid 1300 rupees toll enroute. But felt really happy to see the sight view while travelling in the morning when we were close to KK. Mountains, wind mills, cloud natural beauty of this location is very attractive. I will recommend you to plan it by car so that you can manage your time and enjoy more!
This train is the best train as it starts at around 5 pm from Bangalore and reaches around 8AM at Nagercoil Junction, which is around 20 kms from Kanyakumari. The only drawback is that this train does not have pantry car, so better to carry your own food.
We took the Bangalore- Trivandrum bus from Bangalore of a Friday night. It was AC-sleeper bus and we got down at Nagercoil. The bus was good and on time. The operator provided pillows and blankets. They took a halt somewhere during the night. Overall journey was very comfortable and smooth.
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