You should totally consider taking the Ernakulam to Fort Cochin ferry as a part of your one week Kerala itinerary.
If you’re just arriving to Cochin by train (at the Ernakulam train station) or by bus (at the Ernakulam bus station) from outside of Kerala, it could be fun to take your first ferry ride in Kerala! 😀
In that case… take the ferry to get from Ernakulam to Fort Cochin!
And that includes a ferry to Fort Cochin!
You’ll likely want to get to Fort Cochin as this is the main backpacker area of Cochin.
More on taking the ferry to Fort Cochin coming up, but first…
Ernakulam to Fort Cochin taxi?! (Uber!)
Or… if you are exhausted after a day of travel and you want to just get to where you’re staying in Fort Cochin as quick as possible, you can get an Uber.
Ernakulam to Fort Cochin will cost around 200 rupees by Uber.
You can also get a rickshaw to Fort Cochin from the Ernakulam bus station or train station.
In the case that you take an uber or rickshaw, you can instead LEAVE Fort Cochin by ferry to get in part to the Ernakulam bus station or train station when you are off to your next destination, for example if you’re going from Cochin to Alleppey by bus or Cochin to Varkala by train… just so that you can take that ferry! 😉
Another option to take a ferry around Cochin is to take the Fort Cochin to Vypin ferry on your way to Cherai Beach.
Hotels in Fort Cochin
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The absolute cheapest way to get to Fort Cochin from Ernakulam
Your journey will look something like this!
Arrive to the Ernakulam bus station or train station!
Walk to the Ernakulam ferry station
You can use google maps to get you to the ferry station.
This will be about a 30 minute walk.
If you really don’t feel like walking that long with your luggage but still want to take the ferry, you can take a rickshaw or uber to get you to the ferry station.
Arrive to the Ernakulam ferry station!
Buy a ticket at the ticket booth
But when taking the ferry around Cochin, you’ll want to buy your ticket before you board the ferry.
How much does a ferry cost from Ernakulam to Fort Cochin?!
A mere 4 rupees! In USD, that’s pennies. Maybe a nickel.
What is the ferry schedule?!
You can have a look at the Kerala state waterways website that may or may not be accurate.
These types of posted schedules (including Kerala bus timings) are good for giving you an idea of what type of frequency in timings to expect, and shouldn’t necessarily be seen as an absolute.
So the most important thing to know is that the ferry timings on this route are frequent enough that you don’t have to do much planning.
You can just show up to the Ernkalulam ferry station and you likely won’t have to wait too long for the next ferry to Fort Cochin.
You don’t have to be that concerned about the exact timings.
How long is the boat ride?
It’ll take about 15 minutes to get from Ernakulam to Fort Cochin by ferry!
Arrive at the Fort Cochin ferry station!
You’ve made it to the Fort Cochin side!
So now the final part of your journey…
Walk to your Fort Cochin guesthouse!
Depending on where you’re staying, this may be a 20-30 minute walk.
Once again, if you don’t feel like walking with your luggage, you can take a rickshaw the rest of the way.
I stayed at Zostel, which is a backpacker hostel chain across India.
Zostel Kochi has bicycles available for rent.
I went cycling around Cochin, and then went for a tourist boat ride too.
Bicycles are also allowed on the ferries around Cochin.
HAPPY ERNAKULAM TO FORT COCHIN FERRY!
Be sure to take a look the Kerala Travel Guide for one week in Kerala so you can plan the PERFECT trip to Kerala!
More ferry travel in Kerala
The need-to-know India travel tips!If it's your first trip to India, be sure to see these tips for getting around India on a budget, and more! You might wait until India to buy this mosquito repellent that works for many foreigners! Also be sure to see how to spend one month in South India and 2 weeks in North India, as well as tips for the Golden Triangle. And, overnight sleeper bus travel isn't so bad, and neither is traveling in general class on the train! Also see the easy way to get an e-visa. And this is the easy way to book train tickets online as a foreigner. I've used it, and it's simple! You can just show the e-ticket on your phone.
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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!