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
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??
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.
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..
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.
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!