Good news, fellow travellers in India! Maldives will soon be just a ferry ride away from Kochi. By Kumar Shree
A hot favourite among honeymoon couples, families and travellers of all sorts, Maldives attracts a fairly decent number of Indian travellers every year. Meanwhile, many Maldivians are also finding their way to India lately. Keeping the big jump in the tourist influx between the two countries in mind, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The two leaders agreed on establishing passenger and cargo services via sea route between the two countries.
While the talks of having such service were in line since 2011, it is only after eight years that a development has materialised on the front. However, now that the idea finally seems to be taking shape, it won’t be long before such ferry service starts operation.
The distance between Kochi and the Madivian capital, Malé via sea route is around 700 km, and that to Kulhudhuffushi atoll (a halt for the suggested ferry route) is around 500 km. It would be taking 24 hours to reach the tropical island when travelling on a ferry, but the experience is sure to be worth your time (think the pristine white beaches, blue lagoons, supreme luxury resorts and extensive Maldivian reefs on your way!)
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Currently, the most preferred way for travelling to the Maldivian islands from India is by catching a flight from Mumbai or Kochi airports.
While any confirmed date has not been declared for the service to start, we already have our bags packed to hop on the ferry to our Maldivian dream!