A boat ride between Alapuzha and Kottayam is a very pleasing experience. The 2 hr ride in either direction costs just Rs 15!
The State run boats stop at some 40 points. For the inhabitants of these water-logged lands, the boat is the only means of transport, hence the rates are kept low. True, the boats are very basic :not so even wooden floors, narrow seats of coir mat cushions, with the fiber bristles peeping out.
But the journey is blissful, with just water, green paddy fields and the skies.
Trouble is, the timing is not available anywhere online. So, here it is:
Firstly, currently, the boats do not touch Kottayam town: the service is terminated at Kanjiram, which is 7 kms off Kottayam . You can catch a bus opposite the Tirunakkara Bus Stand. Autos will demand anything on either side of Rs 100.
At Alapuzha, the bus terminus and the ferry points are adjuscent, as they should ideally be.
Kanjiram to Alapuzha: 7.15,12.00,1.30, 4.00, 5.45.
Alapuzha to Kanjiram: 7.30, 9.30, 11.30, 2.30, 5.15,