An overview of the kumarakom backwaters with a boat on the side and forest cover on either side

A Journey from Kochi to Kumarakom by Boat

Ah, Kerala – the land of swaying coconut palms, tranquil backwaters, and vibrant culture. If you're planning a trip to Kerala, chances are you'll find yourself captivated by the allure of the backwaters. And what better way to experience these enchanting waterways than by gliding through them on a traditional ferry? This blog delves into your dream journey – travelling from Cochin to Kumarakom by boat via the serene backwater paradise.

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Kochi: The Gateway to Your Backwater Adventure

Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a bustling port city teeming with history, culture, and vibrant energy. Fort Kochi, the heart of the town, boasts remnants of Portuguese and Dutch colonial rule, while the spice markets tantalise your senses with exotic aromas. After exploring Kochi's rich tapestry, it's time to embark on your backwater adventure!

Can You Take a Ferry Directly from Kochi to Kumarakom?

Unfortunately, there isn't a direct service from Cochin to Kumarakom by ferry. However, fret not! Reaching Kumarakom by ferry is still a delightful and scenic experience, albeit with a slight detour. You can take a ferry from Kochi to Muhamma, a small town on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. From Muhamma, you can then easily connect to Kumarakom.

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Ferry Services from Kochi to Muhamma

Several ferry services operate between Kochi and Muhamma. Here are the two main options to consider:
  • State Water Transport Department (SWTD): This is the most economical option for your ferry ride. Ferries depart from the Johns Manapuram terminal in Kochi and take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach Muhamma.

  • Private Ferry Operators: These ferries tend to be faster and more comfortable than the SWTD ferries but come at a slightly higher price. Research online to find a private ferry operator that suits your needs and budget.

Tips for Booking Your Ferry Tickets


Here are some handy tips for booking your ferry tickets:

  • Book in advance, especially during peak season: Kerala's backwaters are a popular tourist destination, so book your ferry tickets in advance, particularly during peak season (December to February).

  • Consider online booking: Some ferry operators allow online booking, making the process convenient and hassle-free.

  • Check departure times carefully: Ferry schedules can vary, so ensure you check the departure times for your chosen service before finalising your trip.

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Arriving in Muhamma: Connecting to Kumarakom

Several options are available to connect from Muhamma to Kumarakom:
  • Local Ferry: These smaller ferries provide a more basic yet authentic experience than passenger ferries. During the journey, you share the ride with locals, taking approximately 30 to 45 minutes. While budget-friendly, keep in mind that local ferries may be crowded and have less fixed schedules.

  • Auto rickshaw/Taxi: If you prefer a quicker and more convenient option, you can hail an auto rickshaw or taxi at the Muhamma jetty to take you to your hotel in Kumarakom. The ride takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Embrace the Backwaters in Kumarakom

Kumarakom awaits with its serene canals, lush greenery, and abundant birdlife. Glide through the tranquil backwaters on a traditional houseboat, soaking in the breathtaking beauty of the landscape. Indulge in authentic Kerala cuisine and experience the warmth of Kerala hospitality. Kumarakom promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

Evening view after the sun set with a houseboat in the water - Rhythm Kumarakom

When you reach Kumarakom, consider staying at Rhythm Kumarakom. Boasting India's largest swimming pool in a resort, this place is the perfect getaway with four types of accommodation, two dining options, four banquet halls, a spa, and a host of activities to keep you entertained. So, pack your bags with a sense of adventure and get ready to discover the magic of travelling from Kumarakom to Kochi by boat.

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