Alappuzha Kollam Tourist Boat Service
Backwaters offer boat services through the canals and blue lagoons. Alleppey in Kerala provides the best tourist boating services along the backwaters. Alleppey/Alappuzha to Kollam boat service along the backwaters can give you a different experience. The Kerala government’s boat services are available from Alleppey to Kollam.
The SWTD (Kerala State Water Transport Department) offers direct boat services from Alleppey to Kollam at the lowest rate. One can directly book tickets from SWTD (the Kerala government’s boat service). The Kerala State boat services are available every day that starts at 10:30 am from Alappuzha and reaches Kollam after 8 hours cruising across the backwaters. The tickets rates from Alappuzha to Kollam boat service are Rs.600 per person and this rate is very much affordable for people travelling along the backwaters in Kerala government’s boat services.
Here are the list and importance of places that are covered in Alappuzha Kollam Boat service with the Kerala tourism boat services.
The boats move through Vembanad lake, Kayamkulam, and Ashtamudi lake covering all lush green sceneries along the way.
Starting from Alappuzha boat jetty, the boat moves through the Punnamada canal which is the venue for the famous Nehru Trophy boat race, along the sides you will be able to see the training centre of Sports Authority of India (SAI). Cruising through the Vembanad lake, the boat reaches the Mangalaserry jetty where river Pamba joins Vembanad lake. Along the sides, you can see Kuttanad’s agricultural lands, tourist huts, toddy shops, etc. The boat then proceeds through the river Pallathruthy to Kavalackal village at Chembaserry.
On moving further, you will reach Karumadi, which is known for the Statue of Karumadikuttan. This 3 feet tall statue of Lord Buddha, has its left side missing and it is silent evidence of a violent past. Along the banks of Punnamada lake, it is protected by a pagoda, which is assumed to be built by Dalai Lama on his visit to Karumadi. Then you will come across the resting place of Mahakavi Kumaranashan, the Ashan Smarakom at Kumarakodi, along the banks of the Pallana river. It’s within here Kumaranashan drowned to death during a boat tragedy that occurred in 1924. The next place is Thrikkunnapuzha, the land of coir and coir products, where one can witness the unspoiled rural life of Kerala. This place is known as Sreemoolavasam, with a lot of myths about it. The stories believe that this place was a Buddhist monastery with idols of Buddha, which got destroyed by huge tidal waves. There are also stories relating to the Sri Dharma Sastha temple that features Parasurama (the incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu) and Cheraman Perumal (old emperor who ruled Keralam).
There will be a halt at the Thrikkunnapuzha coir village jetty around 1 pm to have lunch and get refreshed. The journey continues through Aayiramthengu, then reaches Kayamkulam jetty, where the Kayamkulam lake joins the sea except during dry seasons. This lake is the venue for Kayamkulam boat races and the site for the construction of the Kayamkulam fishing harbour. This place is historically significant in tales relating to Travancore King Marthanda Varma and also the all-time famous outlaw Kayamkulam Kochunni. On moving further, you will reach Amritapuri or Parayakadavu, known for the Ashram of Mata Amritanadamayi Devi, the hugging saint. Then the Tharayilkadavu with the fishing villages, where you will spot people, both men and women engaged in fishing activities.
Alumkadavu is another place that comes across the journey, which is rich with coconut groves, palm trees, mango trees, banana trees, etc. And is also known for houseboat constructions. The boat halts for a tea break along the sides of the lake and proceeds its cruising till it reaches the destination, Kollam. On the way, you will see small villages, churches, resorts and a lot more you will find attractive.
Moving through Kovilthottam, Chavara, Pallikkodi & Kavanadu, the boat service thus comes to an end at Kollam boat Jetty after its 8 hours long cruise through the beautiful backwaters. The sight of traditional fishing activities, Chinese fishing nets, water-bound villages, lush green paddy fields, and the dense coconut plantations will always be memorable to one.
The contact numbers of Alappuzha boat jetty and Kollam boat jetty are given below for further information:
- Alappuzha boat jetty: 9400050324
- Kollam boat jetty: 9400050387
Alappuzha is the best tourist place in Kerala to plan a one day trip with your family and friends and thus Alappuzha is famous among the tourists from different places. The Kerala government’s boat services charge only cheap rates and thus making it the cheapest means of transport across the backwaters.
There are also houseboat services that can be booked before one’s visit and the Alleppey houseboat booking rates start with Rs.5,500 onwards. For a group of friends or family booking a houseboat is the best way to enjoy backwaters. A backwater cruise in a houseboat will be a wonderful experience.
According to the State Water Transport Department the ticket fares for travelling across the backwaters is given as follows:
Ticket Fares from Alappuzha
|1||Alappuzha – Thottapally||Rs.105/-|
|2||Alappuzha – Thrikunnapuzha||Rs.210/-|
|3||Alappuzha – Aayiramthengu||Rs.300/-|
|4||Alappuzha – Amrithapuri||Rs.405/-|
|5||Alappuzha – Chavara||Rs.525/-|
|6||Alappuzha – Kollam||Rs.600/-|
Ticket Fares from Kollam
|1||Kollam – Chavara||Rs.105/-|
|2||Kollam – Amrithapuri||Rs.210/-|
|3||Kollam – Aayiramthengu||Rs.300/-|
|4||Kollam – Thrikkunnappuzha (Coir Village)||Rs.405/-|
|5||Kollam – Thottappally||Rs.525/-|
|6||Kollam – Alappuzha||Rs.600/-|