Quilon to Alleppey ferry
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#1
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Quilon to Alleppey ferry

Hi there,

I have heard that there is a public ferry through the backwaters from Quilon to Alleppey.

Does anyone have details of what days it goes on, also what time it leaves Quilon? Any idea of how much it costs?

I am planning on getting it around the 2nd of April 2009 (this is a Thursday)
Is it possible to just rock up and buy a ticket on the day?

Many thanks

Vicky

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#2
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Good Day Vicky,

Yes there is such a service,I can only assume its Daily as per the Allepey - Quilon service.

Not a hundred per cent sure but I would imagine the Ferry leaves around Mid Morning and arrives Allepey at approx 4pm.The cost is approx 400rps.

It may be an idea to try and Contact the Kerala District Tourism Commission, www.kdtc.com for
Confirmation re this service.

rgds

vandy :)
#3
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The ferry service between Kollam and Alleppey was not working last July (closed for cleaning the channels since more than a year). I'm not sure if the situation has changed since then.

Jorge
#4
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Originally posted by: Jorge Reverter View Post

The ferry service between Kollam and Alleppey was not working last July (closed for cleaning the channels since more than a year). I'm not sure if the situation has changed since then.

Jorge


I actually saw off a Friend using Allepey to Quilon service in October this year.

vandy :)
#5
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The tickets to the govt ferries can be bought on the boat itself after you board. There is no need for advance booking. And they are real cheap. I travelled from alleppey to nedumudi (around 2 hrs) and the ticket cost was just Rs.4.[shock] .Vandy, i think you must be talking about the private ferries. I am sure it cant be 400.These ferries are meant for the common man. And if they charge 400, the government will fall.:D
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#6
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Originally posted by: ramsblore View Post

.Vandy, i think you must be talking about the private ferries. I am sure it cant be 400.These ferries are meant for the common man. And if they charge 400, the government will fall.:D


Yes I am pretty sure it is a private ferry service. It's not the same kind of ferry that is used for Locals.I don't think the kind
of ferry you refer to does the Allepey - Quilon sector.

vandy :)
#7
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Thanks for that guys, fingers crossed it's running when I get there!
#8
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Hi guys, I want to use the Kollam - Alleppey ferry in march, does anyone know exactly what time it departs Kollam? Because I'll be getting the train from Cochin in the morning, so i dont want to miss it! I've read that it takes around 8hrs and have heard that it costs between 300-400rs., can anyone shed any more light please??

Many thanks!
#9
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Originally posted by: chris0304 View Post

Because I'll be getting the train from Cochin in the morning, so i dont want to miss it!


If you are staying in a hotel anyway, why not stay in Quilon? Plenty of good places to stay there.

I did this trip a few years back and realy enjoyed it, but don't remember the details; I think it was as mentioned in LP or the Footprint guide. I went to Q the night before and walked over to the ferry landing place to get the latest info about time of start, etc. I recall it left quite early in the morning from Q.
#10
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aww poo, I meant to say that I want to get the ferry from Alleppey - Kollam...sorry!! Im leaving Cochin in the morning and getting the train to Alleppey. I then want to get the ferry to Kollam, from where I'll be getting the trains to Thiruvananthapuram the following day! I just need to know the time the ferry leaves Alleppey bound for Kollam, so I get the right train from Cochin..
#11
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Good day Chris,

The ferry from Allepey to Kollam (Quilon)departs at 10am and arrives Kollam approx 1600hrs.

Don't forget to take some water and snacks for the
trip, have heard it's pretty good.

As for departure point, it's on the opposite side
of canal to Rainbow Cruises office.

rgds

vandy :)
#12
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Just to second the distinction: in the Backwaters there are public ferries (really cheap - like a local bus) and private ferries that cost hundreds of rupees. The one caters to locals and the more intrepid traveler, the other caters mainly to foreign tourists who are splashing out for an excursion ride.

The departure times for the local ferries (sometimes handy for making an east/west or west/east move across Kerala) are found in your LP, if you've got one. At first glance, as well, the ferry landing may not look like a ferry landing, but you'll probably see people waiting where the ferry stops. (At least it didn't look like anything last time I was there.)

Departure times for the private boats vary depending on the operator. Most hotels in Kerala, though, or travel agents, can quickly arrange ferry tickets for you.
#13
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Brilliant, thank you to you both!
#14
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Sorry forgot to mention the price, 400rps.

vandy :)
#15
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Was on it two days ago! Cost 400/- Leaves at 1030 (report at 10!) arrives 6.30 ish!! Two stops, one for lunch approx 50/- one for tea, pennies. You can book through your hotel but it seems that as there aren't a lot of tourists you can turn up and pay. I'm still in Kerala, if you need anymore PM me!
Have a good trip!