The distance between Bangalore and Alappuzha/Alleppey, is almost 595 km and it can take almost 10 hours to drive the distance to Alappuzha, from Bangalore. Owing to the distance and time taken, the best way to reach Alappuzha from Bangalore, is by train. Taking a night train is a good option, as it will leave you fresh in the morning, to start off the day. The Kochuveli Express leaves Bangalore City every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 17:15 hours and reaches Alappuzha at 05:42 hours. The fare for a single adult in the sleeper class, is Rs. 272.
Transport options from Bangalore to Alappuzha (Alleppey)
Bangalore to Alappuzha (Alleppey) By Train: Take a direct train from Bangalore to Alappuzha that takes around 12 hours. Alappuzha Railway Station is 4 km away from the city centre and can be reached by an auto-rickshaw or a bus. It is recommended for families, senior citizens, kids and group travellers.
Bangalore to Alappuzha (Alleppey) By Bus: Take a direct bus from Bangalore to Alappuzha, which takes about 10 hours. Alappuzha Bus Stand is situated at the city centre. Bus is recommended for backpackers, individual travellers and youngsters.
Bangalore to Alappuzha (Alleppey) By Car: Hire a cab or take a car from Bangalore to Alappuzha, which takes around 10 hours. The cost of cab ranges from INR12 to INR60 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for group travellers.
Bangalore to Alappuzha (Alleppey) By Flight: Take a direct flight from Bangalore to Kochi (the nearest airport), which takes about an hour. Kochi airport is situated at around 84 km from Alappuzha. From the airport, you can take a taxi to reach Alappuzha, which charges around INR15 per kilometre. Not recommended as it is time consuming due to lots of airport formalities.
Better to go prepared with food since the train does not have a pantry. So not too many options for dinner. We travelled by A/C coach so it was comfortable. Not sure about the cleanliness of the sleeper coaches. Of late A/C coaches are being maintained well by the Railways by taking up regular cleaning and repair works.
This was in 2014 Dec. Bangalore to Coimbatore was really fast except for few signals in between near Selam and Tirupur. After Coimbatore, the road was a by-lane and it took long time to reach outskirts of Cochin. Crossing Cochin took time as construction was in progress and between Cochin and Alleppey, most of the roads are by-lane. It is not the best experience to waste time in travelling by car, unless you like driving and the family do not mind being in car for long time.
The road is good for most of the journey. The roads from Coimbatore to Kochi is under construction and is patchy. Avoid travel during late evening or night as it is very dangerous due to construction work. The road from Bangalore to Coimbatore is good and four lanes for most of the journey. Ideal time for travel is early mornings as the road has a lot of traffic during the daytimes and evenings are even worse. I took around 8 hours to Alleppey with a couple of breaks for coffee and a lunch break at Cochin.
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