Kerala has always been a haven when it comes to Indian tourism and this time – the Kochi Water Metro (KWM) is the latest highlight for every tourist to witness. This is the first of its kind in India and the first comprehensive water transport system in Asia. So far, as per statistics, the Kochi Water Metro service was in the planning phase in 2016 and launched in 2021 by Kerala Chief Minister Pinnarayi Vijayan. By 2035, the commute count will be more than 1 lakh passengers daily.
The system capacity includes 78 electric battery-charged boats with a hybrid mechanism that can travel for 76 kilometers. It will have 38 terminal touchpoints and provide service to 16 routeways. They have joined hands with the Kochi Metro and have begun to function as a feeder service in various suburbs of Kochi where river transport accessibility is less. Kochi is bordered by the massive Arabian Sea and has naturally created waterways. This eco-friendly ecosystem opens many opportunities for transport, and livelihood and also reduces pollution in the city in the coming years.
Tourists who visit Kochi can enjoy this budget-friendly ride starting from 7 a.m. till 8 p.m. every day. Using the Kochi One Card, travelers can use the water metro and the metro rail at the same time, enabling easy payment and ticketing systems. Once you reach Kochi, spend a day on the water metro and enjoy the backwaters of Kochi with boats that use the most advanced safety measures and renewable energy sources.