Kollam to Varkala bus or train. Munroe Island to Varkala bus or train. Backpacking Kerala India

 

So there might be 2 main reasons you’ll be passing through Kollam when you’re backpacking Kerala:

 

And then, with your next destination from Kollam being Varkala, how to get there?!

 

Kollam to Varkala bus. Varkala Beach. Backpacking Kerala India

 

 

Kollam to Varkala train?

 

If you’re arriving to Kollam by ferry from Alleppey, the Kollam train station is about a 20-30 minute walk from the ferry station.

You’ll also likely find rickshaw drivers at the ferry station to take you to the train station for a 5 minute drive.

 

Kollam to Varkala train or bus: Kollam ferry station to Kollam train station by rickshaw. Backpacking Kerala India

 

In many ways, taking a train from Kollam to Varkala can seem easier since there are a good number of train timings on this route.

If you don’t mind general class and the possibility of a crowded train, you can just show up to the Kollam train station, and then buy a ticket for the next train to Varkala.

The train ride will likely be around 30 minutes, so even if you end up on a crowded general class train, you won’t have to be miserable for too long! 😉

 

 

Munroe Island to Varkala train?

Kollam to Varkala train or bus? Backpacking Kerala India

 

I think the easiest way to leave Munroe Island is by train.

There is one direct train that will take you to Varkala, and that will take about an hour.

But it’s kind of an early morning train, and if you don’t feel inclined to wake up early, you can opt for a bus from Kollam too, although it will take longer.

Since Munroe Island is located in a more remote area, there aren’t as many buses passing through.

There aren’t direct buses that will go from Munroe Island to Varkala.

Instead, you’ll have to first get from Munroe Island to Kollam, and then onwards from Kollam.

There are limited bus timings from Munroe Island to Kollam, and that will take a little over an hour. Ask the place you’re staying in Munroe Island for the most accurate bus timings.

You may be able to catch a 15-minute train ride from Munroe Island to Kollam too, although there’s always the possibility of a train delay. See the train timings.

You can also reach Kollam by rickshaw.

So, if you are trying to get from Munroe Island to Varkala, it could be worth sacrificing your sleep a bit to catch that morning train out of convenience!

 

 

Kollam to Varkala by bus

 

Now, let’s say you’ve decided to take the bus to Varkala!

This is how I went!

 

Kollam ferry station to Kollam bus station

Kollam to Varkala bus. Alleppey to Kollam Kerala bacwkaters. Backpacking Kerala India

 

I was on the Alleppey to Kollam ferry, and opted for the bus to get to Varkala the rest of the way.

 

Kollam to Varkala bus: Kollam ferry station to Kollam bus station. Backpacking Kerala India

 

The bus station is located right across the street from the ferry station.

So it’ll take less than a minute to walk from the ferry station to the bus station.

 

Kollam to Varkala bus station. Backpacking Kerala India

 

The ferry will get to Kollam at around 6pm.

 

Kollam to Varkala bus. Alleppey to Kollam Kerala bacwkaters. Backpacking Kerala India

 

Kollam bus station master office

Once you get to the bus station, head to the “station master” office.

Here, you can ask about how to get to Varkala.

I was told to take a bus to Kallambalam, and then from there to take another bus to Varkala.

So that’s what I did.

 

First bus towards Varkala!

So I waited about 15-20 minutes for the bus to arrive.

The bus probably won’t have an English sign on it, so you’ll need to ask around about getting on the right bus.

This first bus ride was a little less than an hour.

 

Walk across the street for the next bus to Varkala

Kollam to Varkala bus transfer at Kallambalam. Backpacking Kerala India

 

Once I got off the bus, I was told to cross the street to catch the bus to Varkala.

At the bus stand in Kallambalam, it was around a 15 minute wait before a bus to Varkala arrived.

This bus ride was around 30 minutes.

 

Arrive in Varkala!

Kollam to Varkala bus. Varkala Beach. Backpacking Kerala India

Kollam to Varkala bus. Varkala Cliff. Backpacking Kerala India

Well, if you took the ferry from Alleppey, you’ll arrive to Varkala when it’s dark, but this is what you can look forward to the next day. 😉

 

 

What are the Kollam to Varkala bus timings?

If you aren’t arriving to Kollam by ferry and you have more flexibility in the time you leave Kollam, it may be possible to find a direct bus to Varkala.

According to the aanavandi website, there are a few bus timings from Kollam to Varkala.

These timings are meant to give you a general idea on what to expect though, and not meant as an absolute.

So what you can take away from this is that with a little bit of planning, you probably will be able to find a direct bus.

It’s best to confirm bus timings with the place you’re staying in Kollam, as they will likely be able to tell you accurate bus timings.

You can also ask about bus timings at the bus station.

 

In general, even if there aren’t any direct buses for you to take immediately, there will likely be enough buses going in the direction of Varkala for you to find a way to get there without waiting too long at the bus station.

 

Kollam to Varkala bus. Varkala Cliff. Backpacking Kerala India

HAPPY KOLLAM TO VARKALA BUS RIDE!

 

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