How to get to Alleppey from Thekkady – Periyar – Kumily by bus
You’re off to Alleppey!
There IS a bus that goes from Thekkady to Alleppey.
You’ll be able to find a bus at the Kumily bus station that will take you to the Alleppey bus station.
So, let’s talk…
If you’re going in the opposite direction, there are also direct buses from Alleppey to Thekkady.
So more about the bus to Alleppey below (including possible bus timings and frequency), but first…
Thekkady to Alleppey train?!
Since Thekkady is in the hills, there’s no train station nearby, which means Thekkady to Alleppey by train isn’t really an option.
Going by bus would be the most direct way to get to Alleppey.
Thekkady to Alleppey ferry?!
You CAN get to Alleppey in part by ferry!
You’ll first take a bus from Kumily to Kottayam, and then you’ll take the ferry from Kottayam to Alleppey!
Thekkady to Alleppey taxi fare
It’s also a thing for tourists to hire a car with driver to get from place to place even when the drive is several hours long.
According to this Alleppey Beach guesthouse in 2019, the cost of a taxi from Thekkady to Alleppey is probably a little less than 4,000 rupees (US$60).
Where to stay in Thekkady
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Where to stay in Alleppey
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A bit more about getting from Thekkady to Alleppey by bus only
Kumily bus station
Kumily is the main city for Thekkady and Periyar.
Alleppey bus station
How long is the bus ride from Thekkady to Alleppey?
You can probably expect to be on the bus for around 5-6 hours.
How much does the bus ticket cost?
You can likely expect the ticket price for a public bus from Thekkady to Alleppey to cost around 130 rupees (US$2).
What time is the Thekkady to Alleppey direct bus?
According to the aanavandi website, there are a few timings for direct buses that you can take from Thekkady to Alleppey.
These timings are meant to give you an idea, and shouldn’t be used as an absolute! Make sure you confirm the bus timings! (More on that below.)
These are the listed Kumily to Alleppey bus timings:
Note that these are local government buses so they do make a number of stops, but these buses wouldn’t require a transfer. Get on the bus in Kumily, and then get off in Alleppey!
So in talking about public buses, it’s direct in the sense that you only have to take a single bus. But they will still make stops along the way.
These buses also don’t require booking a ticket in advance. You’ll pay for your ticket once you get on the bus.
Confirm the bus timings
Don’t rely only on the aanavandi website to make your plans.
Basically, use it to get an idea for the kind of frequency you may be looking at for any given route.
In reality, there could be more or less bus timings. And, this is India, so buses can also be delayed.
You can also use the listed bus timings to get an idea for how long a bus journey may take for any given route. Again, a bus may take longer than what’s on the schedule.
If you’ll be arriving to Thekkady by bus, you may consider stopping by the Kumily station master office and asking about bus timings to Alleppey before you head over to your guesthouse.
Otherwise, your Thekkady guesthouse will likely be able to help you out and tell you when a direct bus from Kumily to Alleppey is available.
In Alleppey, here are the best areas of Alleppey to stay based on what you’re looking for out of your trip.
How to get from Thekkady to Alleppey WITHOUT a direct bus
These are some other options to get to Alleppey if the direct bus doesn’t work out, or if you want to consider alternatives.
You can also get to Thekkady by taking 2 buses:
- Kumily to Kottayam bus
- Kottayam to Alleppey bus
Or, also consider another option – Thekkady to Alleppey in part by ferry!
- Kumily to Kottayam bus
- Kottayam to Alleppey ferry
There’s no better way to arrive in Alleppey than by way of the Kerala backwaters! 😉
What it means to take a bus that doesn’t originate where you’re getting on
Another important thing to note about taking the public bus anywhere in Kerala is that you may want to avoid taking buses that don’t originate where you’ll be getting on.
If you don’t get on the bus at the point of origin, it could be full. This could end up being a less than pleasant travel experience, especially since you are traveling with luggage.
So if you know you’ll be taking a bus that’s already en route, just manage your expectations and realize that you may be forced to stand for part or all of the way to your next destination.
For the direct bus from Kumily to Alleppey, buses will generally originate in Kumily. This means that you can likely find a seat.
When you’re not taking a direct bus, you have a chance of getting on a bus that doesn’t start in Kottayam for the second bus to Kumily. But there are many buses that do start in Kottayam.
2 quick tips for taking the bus to Alleppey from Thekkady
1. If you’re prone to motion sickness, don’t take the bus when it’s raining
Thekkady is in the hills. This means that the road to Thekkady can be winding once you start getting close.
Rain means that the bus shutters will be closed.
One of the best ways to prevent motion sickness is by looking out the window. Which you can’t really do if all the windows are closed!
I don’t consider myself to be prone to motion sickness (I managed the bus to the Munnar hills just fine) but I felt like I was starting to feel a little nauseous as the bus was going through the hills to Thekkady.
2. Stay away from the windows when you’re riding through the hills of Thekkady
Or, pay attention to whether you should stay away from the windows!
In parts of the ride, there’s really no shoulder.
And sometimes, the bus is right along the bushes and trees.
And some of those trees have branches sticking out. And when the bus with open windows brushes by these trees with branches sticking out, those branches can stick right into the bus.
I was whacked in the face by a branch and I was just happy it didn’t hit me in the eye.
HAPPY THEKKADY TO ALLEPPEY BUS RIDE!
To have the BEST time in Alleppey, be sure to take a look at the best of Alleppey travel guide!
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