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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Hostels in KeralaFor a hostel with international standards in Kerala, try Zostel!
More Zostels in Kerala:
Zostel is a top backpacker chain across India, and I've stayed at many Zostels in India! And outside of Kerala, if you'll be passing through Gokarna as you go from Goa to Kerala (here are options of how to get from Goa to Kerala!), then Zostel Gokarna is in an amazing location too! Here are pictures from the on-site cafe that overlooks the ocean.
Where to stay on the tourist trail in KeralaThese places basically go down the coast from north to south!
- Cochin: Try a homestay in the cute heritage area of Fort Kochi.
- Marari Beach: This is an "off-beat" location as Marari is mostly unknown to backpackers, but it can be a convenient stop to make between Cochin and Alleppey with chill laid back vibes. For an idea of what type of beach can be nearby, see my beach walk from Alleppey to Marari.
- Alleppey Beach:
- Funky Art Beach House again for chill vibes with a location among locals in a residential neighborhood
- And there's Zostel Alleppey too for another beach location to stay several days
- OR if Alleppey is a quick visit, try Dream Nest to be closer to town
- And see how to spend one day in Alleppey (short version: go for the backwaters village canoe tour instead of a houseboat!)
- Alleppey backwaters:
- Munroe Island: This is another generally kind of more off-beat location, and you can see a different part of the Kerala backwaters on a quiet island
- Varkala cliff:
Retreats in KeralaFor relaxation and rejuvenation for health and wellness, also see:
- Yoga retreats in Kerala
- Ayurveda retreats in Kerala - ayurveda is basically healthy living through natural herbs and remedies, and Kerala is the birthplace of ayurveda!
How to book India train tickets online as a foreignerIf you don't want to go through the complicated process of setting up an IRCTC Indian railways account as a foreigner...
Then the most convenient way to buy train tickets online is through this booking website. I've used it, and it's super simple! You buy the ticket, and then show the electronic version on your phone once you're on the train. Compared to buying directly through an Indian ticket booking website (IRCTC account required) or directly at the train station in India, there is a small convenience fee, as well as a less flexible cancellation policy, though!