For a trip to Kerala the first week of September 2017:
1) Is the Alleppy-Kollam government ferry operating? I keep reading conflicting information all over the place. It is something I really want to do, so if not, I can wait... but
2) I'd like to attend one day of the Payipad boat race. Without a car and no knowledge of local languages, how difficult would this be? And is it worth it? It looks interesting and part of Kerala culture, so it I'd like to see it. No possibility I could ever go to the Nehru race.
If the Alleppy ferry is not operating, would it be better to see the boat race and never do the ferry, or better to go another time when the ferry is operating and never see a boat race? I've been to Cochin; this will be a second trip to Kerala, but probably the last: Too many places to visit in India and too little time.