If you want a day to take it easy, a cruise to the Kuttanad and Kainakary region of the Alleppey backwaters by way of a cheap public Alleppey ferry can do it for you!
A trip to Kuttanad and back to the main part of Alleppey will take up no more than half your day.
With that in mind, what sounds like a perfect day of rest and relaxation?!
Depart on a See Kuttanad ferry in the morning or early afternoon, and then return back to your guesthouse near Alleppey Beach a few hours later!
Here’s a list of reasons why this guesthouse near Alleppey Beach makes for the perfect place to relax.
If your travels will take you to other parts of India too, also see the guide to backpacking 2 weeks in North India.
What are some things to know about the See Kuttanad ferry?
Here are some things to keep in mind as you are planning a cheap half day trip to Kuttanad from Alleppey Beach or town.
Get to the public ferry schedule quickly
How much does the See Kuttanad ferry cost?
The cost of the ferry ticket depends on where you sit. But either way, it’ll cost less than US$1. You can consider it a cheap Alleppey backwaters tour!
You pay for your ticket once the ferry departs. The ticket conductor will come around and you’ll pay based on where you’re sitting. If you start off on the lower deck and then later go and sit on the upper deck, the ticket conductor will come around to have you pay accordingly.
Lower deck cost: 15 rupees
Upper deck cost: 40 rupees
How long is the ferry ride?
You’ll be sitting on the boat and cruising the Alleppey backwaters for around 1 to 1.5 hours one way.
Or you can stand if you prefer!
How often does the ferry depart from Alleppey to Kuttanad?
There are usually around 5 trips daily from the Alleppey ferry station.
It will then stop at various ferry jetties along the way for locals who are getting around for their daily life activities.
How to get back to Alleppey
Return ferry trip
Once the boat reaches the final destination in Kuttanad, there may be about a 30 minute break.
Then the same boat will head back to the Alleppey ferry station in town. You’ll pay for another ticket to get back to Alleppey.
They will likely announce when the ferry will depart again and how much time you have. If they don’t announce it, just be sure to ask if you plan on taking the ferry back.
There will also likely be rickshaws nearby if you don’t want to wait for the ferry to leave Kuttanad, or if you don’t want to spend another hour on a boat.
Kuttanad is still relatively close to Alleppey town, so the time in the rickshaw is manageable. It’ll be about a 30 minute ride.
The rickshaw cost from Kuttanad to Alleppey will be around 250 rupees (US$4).
My rickshaw ride back to my guesthouse near Alleppey Beach cost 270 rupees since it was located in a quieter part of the beach that’s further away from the main part of Alleppey Beach. Here’s a look at the best areas to stay in Alleppey based on what conveniences and activities you’re looking for during your stay.
What is the See Kuttanad ferry schedule?
While the following is what’s listed on the Kerala state waterways website, it’s best to confirm for accurate timings.
See Kuttanad ferry timings from the Alleppey ferry station in town:
How to confirm these boat timings to Kuttanad
First, see here for the latest list from the Kerala state waterways department.
Even with that list, the best thing would be to confirm directly with the station master at the Alleppey ferry station.
If you arrive to Alleppey by bus knowing that you’ll want to take the See Kuttanad ferry in the coming days, you can make the first stop upon your arrival to Alleppey the ferry station. The ferry station is a short 5 minute or so walk from the bus station.
Otherwise, you can ask the guesthouse that you’re staying at about the ferry timings.
Be sure to take a look at the Best of Alleppey Travel Guide so you can plan the PERFECT trip to Alleppey!
HAPPY SEE KUTTANAD FERRY RIDE!
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Where to stay on the backpacker trail in Kerala
- Fort Cochin: Zostel Kochi
- Alleppey: Zostel Alleppey or Funky Art Beach House for chill beach vibes! (see my pics - zostel / funky) OR Dream Nest to be closer to town // and see how to spend one day in Alleppey
- Alleppey backwaters: cottage right on the waters
- Munroe Island: cottage backwaters homestay right on the waters (and see why you should consider munroe island!)
- Varkala cliff: Seawin or Prashanthi with ocean views