5 days at Kochi and need advice

#1 Aug 2nd, 2017, 19:01
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Dear All,

It's is my first time to Kochi. My main focus is to visit Kochi town and the backwaters at Alleppey.

My itineary is as follows:
First Day: Arrive late at 11pm, proceed straight to Fort Cochi and overnight.
Second Day: Wander around Cochi town full day
Third Day: Check out and proceed to Alleppey and overnight.
Fourth Day: Wander aroud the backwaters. Back to Kochi and plan to stay at a hotel near the airport.
Fifth Day: Depart at early 8am.

My biggest uncertainty is ay Alleppey?
1. In 1st day of Alleppey, I still unable to decide which is best? Take a 2 days 1 night trip? or stay at Alleppey town and go for a boat cruise.
2. In 2nd day of Alleppey, is there another cruise of tour I can do?
3. Any other places or thing I can do at Alleppey?

Thanks in advance.
#2 Aug 2nd, 2017, 19:33
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We once did and appreciated the day tour over the backwaters out of Kochi, see here.
In Alleppey it is an option to take the local ferries.
#3 Aug 3rd, 2017, 01:06
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The local ferries are a great way to see the backwaters,they leave from the pier in the center of Alleppy. They are also very cheap. I took a six hour tour in a canoe last year,also a great way to see the places larger craft can't reach,it was about 1500 rupees. I hope you enjoy yourself as much as I did,a truly unique place.
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Dear Simon23,

Meaning that you didn't go for any cruise but travel by using the local ferries? For the canoe, do we have to kayak ourselves?
#5 Aug 4th, 2017, 03:44
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Hello gmajor 23,

I traveled to a couple of places by local ferry,sorry don't remember their names,hung around a bit then took a ferry back to Alleppy.I also took a longer ride to Kottayam,about 2.5 hours,then got a train to Ernamakulum.

The canoes come with a guy who paddles and explains things.

Hope this helps.
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Simon23,

Meaning that you took two trips in Backwaters? One the local ferry and one the canoe tour?

How was the local jetty? I was told that it is very crowded and very noisy. My initially plan was to take the same route that u took for 2.5 hours.

By the way, did you stay at the houseboats? Where do you overnight?

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#7 Aug 4th, 2017, 17:26
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I did a couple of local ferry trips in March 2014. One was Alappuzha to Kottayam and back. 40 Rupees for the return trip and 4 hours ferry and an hour's break at Kottayam. The Kottayam to Alappuzha trip was awesome, the sun set painting the waters a multitude of colours.

Another trip I enjoyed was Alappuzha to Kuttanadu and back. The regular ferry had an upper deck for tourists and cost Rs 80 for a return trip of two hours. The route is scenic and the trip was totally enjoyable.

Both these are bare minimum services - no food, wooden seats etc.
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Hi gmajor23,

I took 3 trips by local ferry and one by canoe ,one a day over 4 days. The journey to Kottayum was the most spectacular.
The jetty is fairly crowded,but this is India.Arive 30 mins before you want to go and it should be fine.I had no problems.
I did not stay on a houseboat,out of my price range,but there are hundreds of boats catering to different budgets. Instead I slept at a place called Johnsons,about 500 rupees for thebasic room,they have more with air on etc,all have mozzy nets. It certainly has atmosphere and a unique style.The owner can organize/help you with most things.

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