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Boat

State Water Transport (www.swtd.gov.in) ferries usually leave Kottayam's boat jetty, 1.5km south of the town centre, for Alleppey (₹15, 2½ hours) at 6.45am, 11.30am, 1pm, 3.30pm and 5.15pm, returning at 7.30am, 9.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm and 5.15pm. At research time, only the 1pm (returning 11.30am) service was operating due to ongoing restoration work; full services may well have resumed by the time you read this.

Bus

The KSRTC bus stand is 600m south of the town centre.

Buses from Kottayam

Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Fare (₹)

47

Duration (hr)

Frequency

every 20-40min 6am-5.40pm

Ernakulam (Kochi)

Fare (₹)

76-236

Duration (hr)

1-2

Frequency

every 15min 4.20am-12.30am

Kollam

Fare (₹)

100

Duration (hr)

Frequency

4.30am, 6.45am, 7.30am, 9.40am, 2.20pm

Kumarakom

Fare (₹)

30

Duration (hr)

30min

Frequency

5.30am, every 20min 6.40am-9.30pm

Kumily (for Periyar)

Fare (₹)

100

Duration (hr)

Frequency

3am, 3.40am, 4.40am, every 20min 6am-7pm, hourly 7pm-midnight

Munnar

Fare (₹)

100

Duration (hr)

4

Frequency

3am, 7.50am, 9am, 10.30am, 12.40pm, 2pm, 5pm

Trivandrum

Fare (₹)

186

Duration (hr)

4

Frequency

every 20-30min

Varkala

Fare (₹)

150

Duration (hr)

4

Frequency

6.45am

Train

Kottayam's train station, 1.5km northeast of the town centre, is served by frequent trains running between Trivandrum (2nd class/sleeper/3AC ₹80/140/495, 3½ to 4½ hours) and Ernakulam (Kochi; ₹50/140/495, 1½ hours).