Kochi Water Metro in Kerala – Routes, Timings, Fare, Stations, and Other Details

Kochi Water Metro (KWM) is a ferry transport network that connects various parts of the Kochi region in Kerala.

Launched in 2023, it is the first water metro project in India. Upon completion, this water metro in Kerala will become the largest integrated water transport network in Asia.

Currently, KWM has 5 operational water metro routes and 9 operational water metro stations/ terminals. The construction of more terminals and lines is in progress.

Once completed, KWM will have 15 water metro routes, 38 terminals, and 78 boats. The network will cover a distance of 76.2 kilometers and connect 10 islands in and around Kochi.

The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL), the owner and operator of the Kochi Metro Rail network, maintains and operates the water metro in Kochi.  

Do you want to know more about KWM? Check out the details of Kochi Water Metro boats, current and proposed routes, Kochi Water Metro route maps, a list of water metro stations, and more.

This post also has information on the water metro timings, ticket charges, frequency of boats, travel passes, etc.

Additionally, you can find a step-by-step guide on how to make Kochi Water Metro ticket booking online through your mobile.

Source: KochiMetroRail

Read: Kochi Metro: Timing, Route Map and Charges

Kochi Water Metro Project: Quick Info

NameKochi Water Metro (KWM)
Type of transitFerry transport system
Launched onApril 25, 2023
Services started onApril 26, 2023
Operated and maintained byKochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL)
Official websitehttps://watermetro.co.in/
Official appKochi 1
Number of proposed water metro routes15
Number of operational water metro routes5
Names of operational water metro routesHigh Court – VypinVytilla – KakkanadHigh Court – Bolgatty – North Mulavukad – South ChittoorSouth Chittoor – Eloor –Cheranalloor High Court – Fort Kochi
Number of proposed water metro stations38
Number of operational water metro stations9
Names of operational water metro stationsHigh Court, Vypin, Vytilla, Kakkanad, Bolgatty, South Chittoor, Eloor, Cheranalloor, Fort Kochi
ChargesINR 20 – INR 40 per ride, depending on the route
Ride duration20 – 40 minutes, depending on the route
Total network length76.2 km
Timings7:00 am to 8:00 pm; all days of the week
Online ticket booking Available through Kochi 1 app
Ticket typesRFID card tickets, e-Tickets with QR code, weekly/monthly/quarterly passes, and Kochi 1 Card
Type of boatsElectric Hybrid 
Boat capacity50 to 100 passengers
Contact number+91 75111 65656
Total fleet (once completed)78 boats
Date of completion of the entire water metro network2035
Project cost1137 crores (approx.)
Special featuresFloating pontoons/jetties that remain at the same level as boats during tides, automatic boat location system, passenger control system to prevent overcrowding of boats, and more.

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Kochi Water Metro Route Map – Operational Routes

Currently, the water metro in Kochi has 5 operational routes:

  1. High Court – Vypin  
  2. Vytilla – Kakkanad
  3. High Court – Bolgatty –North Mulavukad –South Chittoor
  4. South Chittoor – Eloor –Cheranalloor
  5. High Court – Fort Kochi

These routes are part of Phase 1 of the Kochi Water Metro project.

The route connecting High Court with Vypin was the first operational route in the network. It started services on 26th April 2023.

The Vytilla – Kakkanad route became operational the next day, on 27th April 2023. The next three water metro routes became operational in 2024.

Sl.NoRoute NameTerminals/ StationsTotal Trip DurationStart Date
1. High Court – VypinHigh Court
Vypin
20 minutes  26th April 2023
 2. Vytilla – KakkanadVytilla
Kakkanad
25 minutes27th April 2023
3. High Court – South Chittoor via BolgattyHigh Court
Bolgatty
North Mulavukad (upcoming)
South Chittoor
40 minutes17th March 2024
4. South Chittoor – Eloor –CheranalloorSouth Chittoor
Eloor
Cheranalloor
35 minutes17th March 2024
5. High Court – Fort KochiHigh Court
Fort Kochi
20 minutes21st April 2024

Check out the Kochi Water Metro map below:

Kochi Water Metro

Source: https://watermetro.co.in/

Kochi Water Metro Proposed Routes and Their Status

The water metro project in Kochi has proposed a total of 15 routes. These routes connect several localities in the Kochi region, including Fort Kochi, Kakkanad, Mattancherry, Bolgatty, South Chittoor, High Court, Ernakulam, Eda Kochi, Infopark, and more.

The work of many of these proposed routes is progressing. All these 15 routes will become operational by 2035.

Here is a list of the 15 proposed water metro routes and their status:

Route NumberRoute DescriptionStatus
Route 1High Court – Vypin – Fort Kochi – High CourtOperational
Route 2Vytilla – Eroor – Kakkanad – Info ParkVytilla – Kakkanad route is operational
Route 3High Court – Embarkation – MattancherryPlanned
Route 4High Court – Bolgatty – Thanthonni Thuruth – Ponnarimangalam – Mulavukad Hospital – Mulavukad Panchayath – Mulavukad North – Korankotta – Vaduthala – South Chittoor – MoolampillyHigh Court – Bolgatty –North Mulavukad –South Chittoor route is operational
Route 5Thevara – Ernakulam – Wellington Island – MattancherryPlanned
Route 6Eda Kochi – Thoppumpady – MattancherryPlanned
Route 7High Court – Ponnarimangalam – Vaduthala – South ChittoorPlanned
Route 8Eda Kochi – Kumbalam – Nettoor – Thykoodam – VytillaPlanned
Route 9High Court – ElamkunnapuzhaPlanned
Route 10Pizhala – Chennur – Kothad – Cheranalloor – Eloor – VarappuzhaCheranalloor – Eloor route is operational.
Route 11Thevara – Kumbalam – Eda Kochi – ThevaraPlanned
Route 12Moolampilly – South Chittoor – Pizhala – Paliyamthuruth – KadamakkudyPlanned
Route 13Pizhala – Chariyamthuruthu – ThudanthumkadavPlanned
Route 14Elamkunnapuzha – Kadamakkudy – Paliyamthuruth – Mulavukad View Point – ElamkunnapuzhaPlanned
Route 15Pizhala – Aster Medicity – Amrita HospitalPlanned

Check out the Kochi Water Metro route map for the 15 proposed routes below:

Kochi Water Metro

Source: https://watermetro.co.in/

A Complete List of Kochi Water Metro Stations/ Terminals

KWM has planned a total of 38 water metro stations as part of the project. Of these, 9 stations are currently operational.

Check out the updated Kochi Water Metro station list below:

Sl. No.Water Metro StationServices Available ToGoogle Map Location
 1.High CourtVypin
Fort Kochi
Bolgatty
South Chittoor
Location
 2.VypinHigh CourtLocation
 3. Vytilla KakkanadLocation
 4. KakkanadVytillaLocation   
 5. BolgattyHigh Court
South Chittoor
Location
 6. South ChittoorHigh Court
Bolgatty
Cheranalloor
Eloor
Location
 7. EloorCheranalloor
South Chittoor
Location
 8. CheranalloorEloor
South Chittoor
Location
 9. Fort KochiHigh CourtLocation
 10. North Mulavukad (upcoming)NALocation

The work of the following water metro stations is in progress:

  • Paliyamthuruth
  • Willingdon Island
  • Mattancherry
  • Kumbalam
  • Eroor

Kochi Water Metro Timings and Frequency

  • Timings – 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, depending on the route; all days of the week
  • Ride duration – 5 to 40 minutes, depending on the route

Please note that the timings of the first and the last boat from each station vary. Likewise, the frequency of boat services also differs from route to route.

Check out the table below for the first and last boats from each Kochi Water Metro station, boat frequency, ride duration, and more:

FromToFirst ServiceLast ServiceFrequency (approx.)Ride Duration
VytillaKakkanad7:35 am7:00 pmEvery 25 to 35 minutes25 min
KakkanadVytilla8:05 am7:30 pmEvery 25 to 35 minutes25 min
High CourtVypin8:15 am           7:45 pmEvery 25 to 35 minutes20 min
VypinHigh Court8:40 am8:10 pmEvery 25 to 35 minutes20 min
High CourtBolgatty7:45 am6:45 pm4 services in a day. Check the timings.2 min
BolgattyHigh Court8:34 am6:54 pm4 services in a day. Check the timings.2 min
High CourtFort Kochi08:00 am6:30 pmEvery 25 to 30 minutes20 min
Fort KochiHight Court8:30 am6:55 pmEvery 25 to 30 minutes20 min
High CourtSouth Chittoor07:45 am5:20 pm3 services in a day. Check the timings.40 min
South ChittoorHigh Court8:00 am6:20 pm4 services in a day. Check the timings.40 min
BolgattySouth Chittoor7:53 am6:53 pm4 services in a day. Check the timings32 min
South ChittoorBolgatty8:00 am6:20 pm4 services in a day. Check the timings32 min
South ChittoorCheranalloor10:00 am4:15 pm5 services in a day. Check the timings33 min
CheranalloorSouth Chittoor10:38 am4:53 pm5 services in a day. Check the timings33 min
South ChittoorEloor10:00 am4:15 pm5 services in a day. Check the timings27 min
EloorSouth Chittoor10:46 am5:01 pm5 services in a day. Check the timings27 min
EloorCheranalloor10:30 am4:45 pm5 services in a day. Check the timings5 min
CheranalloorEloor10:38 am4:53 pm5 services in a day. Check the timings5 min

Also, check out the detailed Kochi Water Metro timetable.

Note: Water metro timings might change based on weather conditions, technical issues, etc. For changes in boat timings, check the water metro timetable at metro stations.

Kochi Water Metro Charges and Tickets

Kochi Water Metro ticket charges range between INR 20 to INR 40 per ride, depending on the route. The table below has the fare details for all operational water metro routes:

FromToFare (in INR, one way)
VytillaKakkanad30
KakkanadVytilla30
High CourtVypin30
VypinHigh Court30
High CourtBolgatty20
BolgattyHigh Court20
High CourtFort Kochi40
Fort KochiHight Court40
High CourtSouth Chittoor40
South ChittoorHigh Court40
BolgattySouth Chittoor40
South ChittoorBolgatty40
South ChittoorCheranalloor30
CheranalloorSouth Chittoor30
South ChittoorEloor30
EloorSouth Chittoor30
EloorCheranalloor20
CheranalloorEloor20

Kochi Water Metro Ticket Types

The following types of tickets are available for passengers who wish to travel on Kochi Water Metro in Kerala:

  1. Single journey card tickets (RFID card tickets) issued at the ticket counters
  2. e-Tickets booked through the Kochi 1 app
  3. Kochi water metro passes
  4. Kochi 1 Travel Card

Let us see how to travel in Kochi Water Metro boats using each type of ticket:

Single Journey Card Tickets (RFID Card Tickets)

The Kochi Water Metro in Kerala doesn’t have paper tickets – instead, they issue paperless card tickets. These tickets, also called RFID card tickets, are for a single journey.

(Kochi Water Metro Image 3)

For example, to travel from High Court to Vypin, you can buy an onward journey ticket from the High Court water metro station. For the return journey from Vypin to High Court, you should buy another ticket from the Vypin water metro station.

You can buy these single journey card tickets from the ticket counters at the departing station and tap the card at the entry and exit gates to proceed with the trip.

These paperless card tickets are reusable. Once you have completed the trip, you must drop the card ticket in boxes placed near the exit gates.

e-Tickets with QR codes (Online tickets through the Kochi 1 app)

You can purchase Kochi Water Metro tickets online through the Kochi 1 app. Both (Android and iOS versions of the app are available.

To book tickets, you must download the app, create an account, and purchase tickets by choosing departing and arriving terminals. Upon successful payment, you will receive an eTicket with a QR code on your phone. You can board the boat by scanning the QR code at the entry/exit gates. 

Kochi Water Metro Passes – Weekly, Monthly, and Quarterly

Are you a regular passenger at KWM? If yes, you can get Kochi Water Metro passes instead of buying tickets for each trip. You can choose from weekly, monthly, or quarterly passes based on your travel requirement.

Check out the charges, validity, and details of Kochi Water Metro passes.

Pass TypeNumber of TripsFare (In INR)Validity
Weekly121807 days
Monthly5060030 days
Quarterly150 150090 days

Kochi 1 Metro Card

Kochi 1 Card is a prepaid card issued by KMRL (Kochi Metro Rail Limited) and Axis Bank. You can use the card to travel in the water metro at a flat 20% discount. You can also use the card for Kochi Metro Rail, city bus rides, and more.

Kochi 1 Cards are available for purchase at water/rail metro ticket counters and select branches of Axis Bank. You must submit relevant documents (ID cards, passport-size photos, etc.) and pay an issuance fee of INR 150 to get the card. 

You can manage the card and recharge it through the Kochi 1 app or at the support counters at the metro. Scan the card at the entry and exit gates to board the boat. The system will automatically deduct the fare from your card.

Learn more about the Kochi 1 card.

Kochi Water Metro Boats – Features and Amenities

Kochi Water Metro in Kerala uses battery-operated electric hybrid boats built by Kochin Shipyard Limited (KSL).

The total number of boats planned for the project is 78. Of these, 14 boats currently ply between the 5 operational routes. More will start services soon as new water metro routes become operational.

Check out the features and details of Kochi Water Metro boats:

Total number of boats78
Boats currently in service15
Built byKochin Shipyard Limited (KSL)
Typebattery-operated electric hybrid
Battery typeLithium titanate oxide battery
Capacity2 types of boats with a capacity of 50 and 100 passengers
Air-conditionedYes
Eco-friendlyYes
Cost7 crores for each boat
Phone charging facilityYes
ToiletsNo
Energy-efficient and low carbon footprintYes
Safety featuresLife jackets, infant life jackets, and children’s life jackets
Feeding roomYes
Wheelchair accessYes
Window typePanoramic
CCTV camerasYes

To know more about the features and amenities of KWM boats, check out this video:

Source: YouTube

Kochi Water Metro Feeder Buses

Currently, feeder bus services are available from Kakkanad Water Metro station. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates feeder bus services from the water metro terminal at Kakkanad to the Infopark. Autos are also available.

The water metro authorities plan to introduce new AC e-bus feeder services from Kakkanad to Infopark and other localities.

Kochi Water Metro FAQs

Do you have questions on Kochi Water Metro routes, timings, ticket booking, and more? Check out answers to some of the frequently asked questions.

How to book Kochi Water Metro tickets online?

You can book Kochi Water Metro tickets online using the Kochi 1 app, the official mobile application of KMRL. Check out how to generate water metro e-tickets using the app:
Step 1: Download the app on your Android or iOS phone.
Step 2: Open the Kochi 1 app > Tap on the Register button to create an account.
Kochi Metro
Step 3: Choose an option based on whether you have the Kochi 1 card > You will see fields based on the option you choose > Fill in the fields with all the required details > Click on Continue.
Kochi Metro
Step 4: You will get a One Time Password (OTP) on your mobile > Enter the OTP > Verify and Continue.
Kochi Metro
Step 5: Choose an MPIN and confirm it.
Kochi Metro
Step 6: You are now on the home page> To book Kochi Water Metro tickets, click on Book Tickets.
Kochi Metro
Step 7: Choose Water Metro at the bottom of the page.
Kochi Water Metro
Step 8: Choose your start point and end point from the dropdown > You can see the fare, journey date, and other details > Click on Book Ticket.
Kochi Water Metro
Step 9: You are now on the payment page > Click on Continue to pay for your tickets.
Kochi Water Metro
Step 10: You can pay using debit cards, credit cards, UPI, net banking, and other payment options.
Step 11: You will get the ticket on your phone once the payment is successful. It is an e-Ticket with a QR code. It will also be available under the View Tickets tab on the home page.
Step 12: Scan the QR code at the entry gate of the departing station. Likewise, scan it at the exit gate after you have completed the trip.

Is Kochi Water Metro open?

Yes. Currently, 5 Kochi water metro routes are open to the public. These routes are – High Court – Vypin, Vytilla – Kakkanad, High Court – South Chittoor via Bolgatty, South Chittoor – Eloor –Cheranalloor, and High Court – Fort Kochi.

What is the timing of the water metro in Kochi?

The Kochi Water Metro timings are from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. However, the timings of the first and last boat from each terminal might vary. Check the boat timings from each water metro terminal.

How to get tickets for Kochi Water Metro?

You can buy Kochi Water Metro tickets from the ticket counters at the terminals. Upon payment, you will receive a card ticket which you should scan at the entry and exit gates.
Alternatively, you can book e-Tickets through the Kochi 1 app or use the Kochi 1 card to travel in the water metro. Period passes for one week, one month, and three months are also available.

What is the budget for the water metro in Kerala?

The overall tentative cost of the water metro in Kerala is 1137 crores.

Where to board Kochi Water Metro?

You can board Kochi Water Metro boards from one of the operational terminals. Nine water metro stations are open in Kochi – High Court, Vypin, Vytilla, Kakkanad, Bolgatty, South Chittoor, Eloor, Cheranalloor, and Fort Kochi.

What are the Kochi Water Metro timings from High Court?

The first boat from the High Court water metro station to Vypin and Fort Kochi is at 8:00 am. The last boat service is at 7:30 pm and 6:30 pm, respectively.
The first boat from Hight Court water metro station to Fort Kochi to Bolgatty and South Chittoor is at 7:45 am, while the last services are at 6:45 and 7:20, respectively.

What is the Kochi Water Metro official website?

The official website of Kochi Water Metro Limited is https://watermetro.co.in/.

Is there a mobile app for Kochi Water Metro?

Yes. Kochi 1 is the official mobile app for the Kochi Water Metro project. It is also the official app for the Kochi Metro Rail. The app is available for both Android and iOS devices.

How many stations are there in Kochi Water Metro?

The total number of proposed stations in Kochi Water Metro is 38. Of these, 9 stations (High Court, Vypin, Vytilla, Kakkanad, Bolgatty, South Chittoor, Eloor, Cheranalloor, and Fort Kochi) are operational.

How many boats are there in Kochi Water Metro?

The total number of boats proposed for Kochi Water Metro is 78. Out of these, 14 boats are offering services in the operational routes. More will start operating in 2024.

What is the Kochi Water Metro contact number?

The Kochi Water Metro contact number is +91 75111 65656. You can also mail the Kochi Water Metro Limited at customercare@watermetro.co.in.

Can I use the Kochi 1 card for water metro rides?

Yes. You can travel in the water metro using the Kochi One card. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Purchase a Kochi 1 card from a water metro station/ rail metro station/ Axis Bank branch. The cost of the card is INR 150.

(If you already have the card, make sure that you activate water metro transactions on the card. You can do it at the customer care centers at the water metro stations.)

Step 2: Recharge the card. You can do it online through the Kochi 1 app or through the support centers at rail/water metro stations.

Step 3: Tap the card at the entry gate. You can board the boat and proceed with the trip.

Step 4: Tap the card again at the exit gate once you have reached the destination. The fare for the trip will be deducted from your card.

When did Kochi Water Metro start?

Kochi Water Metro was officially launched on 25th April 2023. The first service of the metro began on 26th April 2023 on the High Court – Vypin route.

Which is the first water metro in India?

Kochi Water Metro in Kerala is the first water metro in India.

How much do Kochi Water Metro tickets cost?

Kochi Water Metro ticket charges range between INR 20 to INR 40, depending on the route.

Does Kochi Water Metro have toilets?

Kochi Water Metro boats don’t have toilet facilities. However, all water metro stations have toilets and washrooms in the waiting/lounge area. 

Does Kochi Water Metro have student passes?

Currently, Kochi Water Metro does not offer special passes for students.

How to go to Fort Kochi through water metro?

Water metro services are available to Fort Kochi from High Court. You can reach Fort Kochi in 20 minutes, and the ticket will cost you INR 40 per trip.

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