Sea­planes in the skies of Ker­ala

Ker­ala will soon take ad­van­tage of its coast­line. Sea­planes, wa­ter taxis and cruises will soon be a per­ma­nent fix­ture on its wa­ter front. Ker­ala gov­ern­ment hopes to com­mence the sea­planes ser­vices in Ker­ala from Feb. 2013.

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“Ker­ala has a beau­ti­ful aerial view and we want our tourist to get a glimpse of the pic­turesque land­scape of the state. By trav­el­ling on a sea­plane, the tourist vis­it­ing Ker­ala will get a very dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and ex­pe­ri­ence of the state,”

The state gov­ern­ment is in­vest­ing ` 12 crore in the project and has iden­ti­fied 22 lo­ca­tions all around the state that will be con­nected by air us­ing the wa­ter bod­ies. Ini­tially, the ser­vices will be avail­able from all three in­ter­na­tional air­ports i. e Kochi, Cali­cut and Tri­van­drum to Ku­marakam, Alap­puzha, Mun­nar and Bekal.

“We will cre­ate the in­fra­struc­ture and wa­ter­dromes for sea­planes to op­er­ate in the state. We have al­ready re­ceived in­ter­est from 58 pri­vate op­er­a­tors for this project. Sea­planes will al­low a tourist to ticket them­selves from any­where in the world to any in­ter­na­tional air­port of Ker­ala and then seam­lessly in­ter­change to a sea plane for a des­ti­na­tion of their choice like Mun­nar or Ku­marakom.” says

Su­man Billa, Sec­re­tary, Dept of Tourism, Govt of Ker­ala.

Ker­ala has a coast­line of 580 km with 44 rivers and 1,895 km of in­land wa­ter­ways mak­ing it ideal to use its vast wa­ter­bod­ies for trans­porta­tion. Also, the state is fac­ing se­vere traf­fic prob­lems and is strug­gling to ac­quire land for road widen­ing to ease the traf­fic con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween tourist spots. The sea­planes will help the tourists in avoid­ing the traf­fic woes of the state and add to their con­ve­nience. says A P Anilku­mar, Min­is­ter for Tourism, Ker­ala.

Sea­planes also op­er­ate in the An­damans and Ni­co­bar is­lands. In the past, plans to in­tro­duce sea­planes in Goa, Lak­shad­weep and Ma­ha­rash­tra have been in vain.

Su­man Billa Sec­re­tary, Dept of Tourism Govt of Ker­ala

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