Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry: Public government boat timings to Kollam on Kerala backwaters. Backpacking South India.

You should totally consider the Alleppey to Kollam ferry when you are following a one week in Kerala itinerary and you’ll be passing through Alleppey and Varkala.

 

Alleppey to Kollam ferry on the quiet Kerala backwaters. Is it worth it? Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

The Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry is a public boat that’s operated by the Kerala state government, but the price tag is not as cheap compared to a regular public ferry in Alleppey.

This boat ride is catered towards tourists, compared to most public ferries that serve as a means of public transportation in Kerala for locals to get around the Alleppey backwaters for daily life activities.

 

Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry. Kerala backwaters activities for kids and families. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

For backpackers, the Kollam ferry is an alternative to taking the bus or train when traveling south from Alleppey.

Or if you’re headed in the opposite direction, when you’re traveling north to Alleppey!

It’s faster to take a train or bus, but this ferry is about the experience! As an example, you can see the quicker alternatives for getting to Varkala by public transportation.

And for more tips on public transportation in Kerala, see the guide on how to get to Alleppey.

 

First…

For the best things to do in Alleppey in one day and the Kerala backwaters on a budget, see canoekayakingcycling, more ferry rides, and more about travel to Alleppey.

Also see where to stay, including the best hostels in Alleppey and the best hostels in Kerala for backpackers.

If your travels will take you to other parts of India too, also see the guide to backpacking 2 weeks in North India.

 

Now for the ferry…

Is this full-day journey to head south slowly by ferry really worth it?!

First, some things to think about for why you WON’T want to take the ferry.

Then, some more things to think about to further decide if you want to go ahead and take the ferry to reach your next destination!

 

Alleppey to Kollam ferry on the Kerala backwaters. Is it worth it? Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

Reasons why you may NOT want to take the Alleppey to Kollam ferry

…aka the worst things about this boat ride!

  1. You already had your fill of the backwaters in Alleppey.
  2. You don’t really feel like sitting all day.
  3. You don’t want to spend more time in transit than necessary.
  4. You want to get to your next destination before sunset.
  5. You are backpacking around India on a serious budget.

So, are these things really that bad?!

Next is more to help you decide!

 

 

Also May 2019 note: The Alleppey to Kollam ferry will stop running for the season at the end of May, and it’s scheduled to start up again in the middle of August. So there will be no ferry at all in June or July.

 

 

What ferry rides in Alleppey are comparable to the ferry to Kollam?

 

Alleppey to Kottayam ferry

Alleppey to Kollam ferry: Or Alleppey to Kottayam ferry. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

Alleppey to Kuttanad ferry (“See Kuttanad” ferry)

Alleppey to Kollam ferry: Or Alleppey to See Kuttanad ferry. Backpacking Kerala, India.

As with the ferry to Kollam and all public ferries, the ride to Kottayam and Kuttanad will stick to the main waterways.

So if you’re planning on taking the Kottayam ferry or Kuttanad ferry in Alleppey, the Kollam ferry may just start to feel like a longer version of one of those ferries.

 

What is NOT comparable to the public ferries?!

If you have plans to leave Alleppey on the Kollam ferry, or if you’re arriving to Alleppey on the Kollam ferry, you may feel that your backwaters activity is taken care of.

But there is a difference between taking a bigger boat (the government ferry) and taking a much smaller individual boat on the Kerala backwaters.

With a smaller boat, like on a canoe tour or kayaking tour, you have the chance to go through smaller canals. This can give you a different glimpse into the backwaters village life.

 

Alleppey to Kollam ferry, or village canoe tour for best Kerala backwaters activities. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

So even if you are taking the ferry from Alleppey to Kollam, or Kollam to Alleppey, I do think it is still worth it to go for a full-day village canoe backwaters tour in Alleppey that comes with Kerala breakfast and lunch!

I did my canoe tour through this guesthouse near Alleppey Beach.

 

Alleppey to Kollam ferry, or village canoe tour for best Kerala backwaters activities. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry: How to get from Alleppey to Kollam ferry timings. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

How much does the Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry ticket cost?

A ticket for the Alleppey to Kollam ferry is 400 rupees (US$6) although this is subject to change.

 

Alleppey to Kollam ferry on the Kerala backwaters. Is it worth it? Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

What is the ferry timing?

The ferry is scheduled to depart every day from Alleppey to Kollam at 10:30am.

Likewise, another ferry is scheduled to depart every day in the opposite direction, from Kollam to Alleppey, at 10:30am as well.

But confirm this with the guesthouse you’re staying at!

Also, there is NO ferry between Alleppey and Kollam during parts of the off-season.

I believe it doesn’t run in May, June, and July. But confirm this with the guesthouse you are staying at in Alleppey. They should be able to tell you for sure!

 

Alleppey to Kollam ferry: Public government boat ride on Kerala backwaters food break. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

How long does it take to get from Alleppey to Kollam by ferry?

The ferry departs at 10:30am from Alleppey and will get to Kollam at around 6pm.

This makes it about an 8 hour cruise on the Kerala backwaters.

 

Alleppey to Kollam ferry on the Kerala backwaters. Is it worth it? Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

Are you really stuck on a boat for 8 hours?

Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry: Boat ride cruise on Kerala backwaters. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

Here’s what your day will look like on the Alleppey to Kollam ferry!

Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry timings: How long - 8 hours on a public boat on Kerala backwaters. Backpacking South India.

 

1. Get to the Alleppey ferry station to be on the ferry to Kollam by 10:30am

Alleppey to Kollam ferry timing schedule. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

You’ll pay for your ticket once you’re on the ferry. The ticket conductor will come around once the ferry has departed.

 

2. Put your luggage in the designated area when you get on the ferry

Alleppey to Kollam ferry: Luggage. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

3. Head up to the upper deck to get a seat with the best views!

Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry: Ticket for boat ride cruise on upper deck seat. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

Or you can choose the lower deck.

 

Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry: Ticket for boat ride cruise on lower deck seat. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

4. Take in the backwaters!

Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry: Kerala backwaters activities for kids and families. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

And steer the boat.

If a little kid has the skills, you do too. 😉

 

5. Take a rest by laying down on your back on the seat… and look up for the views!

Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry: How long is the ferry? Is it worth it? Nap time break. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

6. Eat a Kerala lunch

Around 1pm, there will be a break for lunch.

 

Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry: Food break for Kerala lunch. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

This is an additional cost. The vegetarian option is 100 rupees. (US$2)

 

Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry: Food break for Kerala lunch veg curry. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

I think the fish option is 150 rupees. (US$3)

 

Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry: Food break for Kerala lunch with non-veg fish seafood. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

7. Get back on the ferry for some more backwaters!

Alleppey to Kollam ferry on the Kerala backwaters. Is it worth it? Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

8. Be on the lookout around 3:30pm when the ferry passes by the internationally known ashram

Alleppey to Kollam ferry: to Amma's ashram ferry stop. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

9. Eat some snacks

Around 4pm, there will be another break.

 

Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry: Food break for snacks on Kerala backwaters. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

This time it’s for some small snacks. This is also an additional cost, maybe around 50 rupees. (US$1)

 

Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry: Food break for snacks. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

10. Be sad that your time on the backwaters is almost over.

Alleppey to Kollam ferry: Public government boat ride on Kerala backwaters lake. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

Just kidding. You’ll probably be happy to be off the boat by the time you reach Kollam. 😉

 

11. Arrive at the Kollam ferry station around 6pm!

Alleppey to Kollam ferry: How long does it take to get to Kollam? Arrival time. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

 

Where are good places to go if you want to take the ferry to Kollam from Alleppey?

What are Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry timings: To Amma's ashram, Munroe Island, Varala cliff. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

Most people take this ferry when they want to leave Alleppey for good. These are some places that can make for a good next destination after Alleppey if you want to head south and take the Kollam ferry.

 

Alleppey to Amma’s ashram via ferry

That ashram that you’ll pass by? You can also get off there!

Alleppey to Kollam ferry: How much does it cost to stay at Amma's ashram? Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

The ashram has a sprawling complex, and Amma is the spiritual leader of this ashram. She is known as the “hugging mother.”

She has followers all around the world who come and visit this ashram. There are also many people who live here long term.

The cost of Amma’s ashram is 250 rupees (US$4) a night, with 3 meals included.

 

Alleppey to Varkala via ferry

Varkala is a beach town in Kerala that’s famous for cliff-side restaurants and guesthouses.

Alleppey to Kollam ferry: To Varala cliff. Backpacking Kerala, India.

Once you get to the Kollam ferry station, you can choose to go by bus or train from Kollam to Varkala. Both options can be worthy of consideration.

 

Kollam ferry station to Varkala by bus

The Kollam bus station is right across the street from the ferry station, and you can get from Kollam to Varkala by bus. You’ll likely have to take 2 buses to get to Varkala from Kollam because of the time the ferry arrives in Kollam.

 

Kollam ferry station to Varkala by train

There is a direct train from Kollam to Varkala.

The train station is is a 20-30 minute walk from the ferry station. By rickshaw, it will be a short 5 minute or so ride from the ferry station. With both the ferry station and bus station around, you should easily be able to find a rickshaw to take you to the train station.

There are a number of trains that can take you from Kollam to Varkala.

See here for further details on how to get to Varkala by bus and train once you reach Kollam.

 

Alleppey to Munroe Island via ferry

Munroe Island is another backwaters destination.

This isn’t as well-known as Alleppey, and as a result, you may have a quieter experience with a Munroe Island backwaters homestay.

The island is also known for homestay-style accommodation where you can get delicious and safe Kerala food for every meal without heading to a restaurant.

 

Alleppey to Kollam ferry: To Munroe Island homestay on Kerala backwaters. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

Although Munroe Island is a 15 minute train ride from the Kollam train station, it may take close to an hour by rickshaw.

Still, the rickshaw may get you to your Munroe Island homestay quicker.

The trains to Munroe Island are more limited, and there’s always a possibility of train delays.

 

How to get back to Alleppey from Kollam

The Alleppey to Kollam ferry is typically taken by people who are looking to head south to continue to explore other parts of Kerala.

But if you want to take this ferry as a day trip from Alleppey, maybe because you don’t have plans to go further south after Alleppey, that’s possible too. You can basically consider it a DIY full-day tour.

Once you’ve arrived at the Kollam ferry station, you can head over to the Kollam bus station that is a simple walk across the street. You’ll be able to find buses to Alleppey.

Alternatively, there are also trains to Alleppey. The train station is a short rickshaw ride away, or you can walk the 20 minutes or so to the train station.

If you choose to make the Kollam ferry a day trip, expect to get back to Alleppey in the evening past sunset.

 

Alleppey to Kollam ferry: Day trip from Alleppey Beach guesthouse. Backpacking Kerala, India.

 

Where to stay in Alleppey and Varkala?!

When I was in Alleppey, I stayed at a guesthouse near Alleppey Beach.

When I was in Varkala, I stayed at a hostel/guesthouse near the Varkala Cliff.

 

Put in your travel dates below (partner website) and you can see the prices of hotels in Alleppey and hotels in Varkala!

 

Hotels in Alleppey



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Hotels in Varkala



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Alleppey to Kollam ferry on the Kerala backwaters. Is it worth it? Backpacking Kerala, India.

Be sure to take a look at the Best of Alleppey Travel Guide so you can plan the PERFECT trip to Alleppey!

HAPPY ALLEPPEY TO KOLLAM FERRY RIDE!

 

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