The distance between Trichy and Kochi, is 386 km and it takes almost seven hours to reach Trichy from Kochi, by road. The best way to travel, is by train and one of the best trains to take, is the Enrakulam Express. Ernakulam, is very close to Kochi. One can take a bus to Ernakulam from Kochi and then board the train. The Ernakulam Express leaves everyday from Ernakulam Junction at 22:05 hours and reaches Trichy 08:00 hours, the next morning.
Transport options from Kochi (Cochin) to Trichy
Kochi (Cochin) to Trichy By Train: Take a train from Ernakulam Junction to Trichy that takes around 10 hours. Ernakulam Junction is about 8 km away from Kochi (Cochin) that can be reached by auto-rickshaw or bus in about half an hour. Trichy Railway Station is approximately 4 km away from the city centre. You can take a rickshaw to reach the city centre that takes around 10 minutes. It is recommended for seniors, kids and group travellers.
Kochi (Cochin) to Trichy By Car: Hire a cab or take a car from Kochi Cochin to Trichy, which takes around 7 hours. The cost of cab ranges from INR12 to INR55 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families, kids and group travellers.
Kochi (Cochin) to Trichy By Bus: Take a bus from Kochi (Cochin) to Trichy, which takes about 8 hours. Trichy bus stand is situated approximately 4 km away from the city centre. You can take a rickshaw to reach the city centre in about 10 minutes. Not recommended as travelling by bus can be uncomfortable due to long hours of journey.
I travelled in second A/c from Eernakulam to Trichy. The travel was very comfort and convenient. I enjoyed the travel along with the train journey because scene through the Tamil Nadu state was excellent and enjoyable. Get best food and beverages from train.
I had booked in advance to my travel to Trichy. I had booked a ticket in 3rd A/C and got it confirmed well in advance. Nice companion passengers were there most of them on a pilgrimage to Vellankanni. The only disappointment is that this train starts at 22:05 hours. This could have been pre-scheduled to 8 PM. This would help for a nice sleep. Also when it starts by 8 Pm it will reach the destination by 6 Am the next morning.
Ernakulam_Karaikkal Express is the most convenient train to Trichy from Kochi. It starts at 10 Pm night and reaches by 7. 30 Am in the morning. First class A/c is also available, apart from 2nd A/c and 3 A/c. But better to book very much in advance because of the crowded train irrespective of reason or season, since it is convenient to go to Velankanni another Christian Pilgrimage center.
We started from Kochin airport at 1600 hours on 9th November and heading for Trichy with almost 40 pax on board, reached Trichy around 1710 hours, it was a nice and short trip. Take off was excellent and landing bit rough. Anyway we enjoyed the short trip. We were cleared out by 1745 hours in Trichy and boarded our tour bus to Vellankany, trip lasted almost three to four hours, by 2100 hours we reached Vellankany. Checked in Park Inn around 2145 hours.
Had taken my family on long drive to Cochin in our car. Had taken the NH-45 to Dindugal and from there to Cochin Via Thekady, Vagamon. Roads are great but slow moving traffic. Lots of green on either side. Thekady is good place to visit and have good restaurants/fast food shops.