38 min from Cochin.However during peak hours (8am-10am / 3pm-6pm) it may take an hour to reach Vaikom town from Cochin.
Buses and taxis are easily available at all times of the day from Kottayam and Cochin.
Vaikom Road via Kottayam (15 km).
Via Cochin International Airport (60 km).
Vaikom has an excellent local bus service system and it is cheap.
This is cheap way of transportation between attractions.
Local taxis are also available at cheap rates. There are many car rental companies offering cars with drivers or self drive. Rates are around Rs 7 per km but there are all sorts of extras.
When you are visiting places like Kumarakom, it is better to opt for boats, as many places in Kuttanad are inaccessible by road.
There are also good ferry services between places that are widely used by the locals, a cheap and scenic way of getting around.
Many attractions are near by one another so you could walk between them.
Another fun thing to do in Vaikom is to wander through Mahadeva Temple, the central area of the town. By the year end, the yearly Vaikom Temple Festival, Vaikothashtamy, there are a large crowd and the roads are flooded with people.
It is worth checking out the local gold and silver stores there. The silver anklets with bells are very pretty and cheap. There are also road side spice shops.
Karikku / ilaneer (tender coconut).
Sambhaaram (buttermilk), especially on hot summer days.
Fresh toddy from the coconut tree, especially around the Kumarakom area. Take caution as adulteration of the brew is very common. Your best bet would be to get it from a local who has given over his coconut trees for extraction
So many toddy parlours in Vaikom with excellent naadan food.
The KTDC Resturant near Boat Jetty Offer excellent Beer and Food, and it is nicely located near the shore of Vembanad Lake