By air and taxi: The two closest airports are in Trivandrum (110 km south of Amritapuri) and in Cochin (140 km north). {International visitors may order an ashram taxi to pick you up at the airport or from a hotel in Cochin or Trivandrum by completing the online form here. }

If you have not ordered a taxi in advance, at the airport you may go to the “Airport Taxi Service” counter and ask for a prepaid taxi to “Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram” at Amritapuri.
The journey from Trivandrum takes about three hours and the cost for a non-A/C car is about Rs. 1,600. From Cochin, the journey takes about four hours and costs about Rs.2,400. (as on Sep 2008) You can ask to come by the “Beach Road” from Karunagappally. This road crosses the backwaters by a road bridge and brings you directly into the ashram premises. Otherwise you will be dropped off in Vallickavu, from where you can cross the backwaters over Amrita Setu, the ashram’s new pedestrian bridge. If you find yourself on the other side of the backwaters with heavy luggage you may also take a hand-poled boat across the backwaters.
By bus or train: Kayamkulam or Kayankulam [railway code KYJ] (12 km north of Amritapuri) and Karunagapally (10 km south) are the closest towns to reach. Small auto-rickshaws can bring you to Amritapuri premises as explained above Vallickavu village to the Ashram.) There are also regular buses from Kayamkulam Railway Station to the foot of the Amrita Setu bridge.
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