This boat cruise is organised by the Kerala State Water Transport Department a
department under the state government of Kerala.
This is the most economical cruise to see the important places in kuttanad , vembanad lake and the backwaters of alappuzha district of kerala. alappuzha is also called the venice of the east.
kuttanad is a region covering three districts in kerala namely alappuzha
kottayam and pathanamthitta. This area is well known for its paddy fields. The
other geographical pecularities of this area is that it has one of the lowest
altitude in india and its one of the few places in the world where farming is
done around 1 to 3 meters below sea level. farmers of this area are famous for
Food and agriculture organisation (FAO) has declared the kuttanad farming system as a globally important agricultural heritage system (GIAHS).
punnamada lake in kuttanad is part of Ramsar site vembanad kol wetland.
Below sea level farming:
During this boat trip visitors can see the paddy fields where farming is done below sea level similar to farming done in netherlands.
kuttanad cuisine: pearspot fish dishes , kuttanadan duck dishes, backwater fish dishes
. . .
There are two different types of boats following two different routes for this trip. Old boat and a new boat
launched in september.
Old boat service will stop at many jetties along the way.
Starting from the bus-stand jetty (near KSRTC bus station in alappuzha town which is a 3 minute walk) , the boat will touch Soman Jetty, Arjunan Jetty, Kavunkal, Kuppapuram, Puthenkayal, Pandissery, LC Jetty, pass via School Jetty and end at the Kainakary Roadmukku Jetty .
Return trip: kainakary jetty, Goventha, Muttel, Kolathu, EMS, Kannitta, Punchiri and Vilakumaram and reach Alappuzha via the canal/backwater where Nehru Trophy boat race is held.
Boat timing: every hour
charges: 120 indian rupees for upper deck (60 INR one way ) contact phone 94000 50325
Watch a video of the boatrip click here
Watch a video of the return boat trip Click here
for latest timing and other enquries contact mobile phone : +91 94000 50325 ( alappuzha station master office) .... .
A new passenger cum tourist double deckered boat has been introduced in september 2022. The double decker boat has a total seating capacity for 90 passengers. Upper deck can accomodate 30 passengers and lower deck can accomodate 60 passengers. snacks will also available on the boat. offers a very economical way to see kuttanad region of alappuzha.
The boat is 20 meters long and 7 meters wide. It has a speed of 7 nautical miles ( 13 km per hour). it has all the latest safety features
Boat route: punnamada finishing point , starting point saikendram , marthandam kayal, kamalremoola, ranganath, C Block, vella kayal cherukayal, kainakary , father chavara birth house
mangalassery, kuppapuram, punchiri, lake palace resort via to alappuzha
(It will operate on the punnamada-kainakary road mukku- mennapally kayal pallathuruthy punchiri alappuzha route.)
Total time of trip to and fro about 2 and a half hours
Daily boat trips timing : First one starting at 10.00 a.m. and second at 2 pm.
cost for new boat is INR 500 for upper deck (two way) and INR 400 for lower deck) for booking contact 9400050326
vega boat trip contact phone 94000 50324
check more details .
Various other boat trips are available in alappuzha. Please check links in the menu at the bottom of the page .. ... .