Took Cochin-Aleppey NH route and deviated from Cherthala, took Kumarakom - Kottayam route. Took own car and it was a good drive all together. Some good local restaurants are there in Kumarakam, can enjoy wide range of dishes. Try to take the above mentioned route instead of Ettumanoor-Kottayam route, traffic is less and can drive comfortably.
IF you are planning to a trip in Kumarkom and are short of funds then the best option is to catch the morning Ernakulam -Kottayam passenger from Ernakulam junction (south) station. The ticket costs less than Rs 20/- which is to be purchased early otherwise the train will be missed. The train no. is 56385 which one can find in the notice board. But it is an unreserved train mind it ! You cannot reserve tickets for this train and the only option is to arrive early at the station and purchase ticket from the counter by standing on a snake like queue. The other option is purchasing tickets from JTBS counter at only extra Re 1/- just opposite the main ticket counter. The train starts from south station at 7.30 A.M. in the morning and reaches Kottayam at 9.20 A. M. which is something half an hour more than the express trains but the fare is also one-third compared to an express train. Generally the train reaches Kottayam junction by 10 to 15 min. late but that will never be a problem. After coming out of the station you will find private buses of Vembanad Travels plying between Kottayam to Kumarkom at a very reasonable cost. The other option is to hire an auto-rickshaw from the prepaid stand by paying the regulated fare fixed by the local authorities which is near about Rs 200/- and time taken is about 30 mins. (15km).
The travel by road in the car was superb. Best way to travel with your family. On the way you can see Tripunithura, Ettumanoorapen temple, Vytilla etc. Also Chotanikara Temple is on the way. The roads in Kerala is not usually good, but nowadays Kottayam - Ernakulam road is okay. But may go bad, after the monsoon season from June - October. Lulu mall, a very famous shopping mall in Kerala is just 3 Km away.
Travelling by the car was a good thing, though the roads at some places are not that good, for they're not properly worked out. Also the traffic was heavy during daytime. It would be nice if you choose to travel early morning or by evening, to avoid the heavy traffic blocks.
Kottayam is located at a distance of about 66 km from Kochi (Cochin). The town forms a cluster of small islands on the Vembanad backwaters and is well-connected to Kochi by road. The best way to reach Kottayam from Kochi is by car, a journey of about 2 hours. The places covered on the way are Kochi - 4km -> Palluruthy - 9km -> Chandiroor - 7km -> Chammanadu - 6km -> Thuravoor - 6km -> Pattanakkad - 12km -> Kokothamangalam - 28km -> Kottayam. On the way, Narasimha fuels and several BP petrol pumps are located. In addition, local food joints, roadside dhabas and restaurants are also located en route.
Transport options from Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam
Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam By Car: Take a cab from Kochi to Kottayam, which takes around 2 hours. The approximate cost of cabs ranges from INR15 to INR45 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families with kids and seniors.
Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam By Bus: Take a direct bus from Kochi to Kottayam, which takes around 2 hours. The Kottayam bus stop is located in the heart of the city. Economical and ideal for youngsters, individual travellers and backpackers.