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6 May

Cutting Travel Time: Ferry Links Lakshadweep and Mangaluru

Introducing a game-changer in travel between Lakshadweep and Mangaluru, the high-speed ferry ‘Parali’ has set sail. This new addition slashes the sea travel time between the two destinations by a remarkable five hours!

On May 3, 2024, ‘Parali’ transported 160 passengers from Lakshadweep Islands to Mangaluru old port in a mere seven hours, marking a significant reduction from the previous 13-hour journey time. The maiden voyage garnered remarkable reviews from passengers, signaling a promising start for this venture.

The Lakshadweep Islands Tourism Development Authority (LITDA), operating under the Central Tourism Ministry, is gearing up to launch the Mangalore-Lakshadweep tourist liner service following several trial runs. However, concerns linger regarding rough seas, particularly with the onset of the monsoon season.

In response, LITDA has upgraded facilities at Kadmatt, the nearest port of arrival from the mainland, to ensure smoother transitions. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Lakshadweep catalyzing efforts earlier this year, the island administration has been diligently enhancing connectivity between the mainland at Kochi and Mangaluru.

This initiative marks the first stride towards facilitating diverse forms of tourism, including eco-tourism in the Western Ghats, educational tourism, health tourism, and recreational tourism on the mainland.

Discovering Lakshadweep and Mangaluru

Lakshadweep emerges as a hidden gem among India’s beach destinations. Comprising 36 islands nestled within a 4200 sq km lagoon, this coastal paradise spans 32 sq km of land and boasts abundant marine life.

Its pristine marine biodiversity, vibrant coral reefs, and crystalline waters beckon adventure enthusiasts to indulge in snorkeling, diving, and various water sports. Steeped in history and culture, the islands showcase a unique fusion of Indian, Arab, and indigenous influences evident in their architecture, cuisine, and traditions.

From wandering through quaint fishing villages to basking on sun-drenched beaches and savoring sumptuous seafood, Lakshadweep offers a serene respite from urban hustle and bustle, inviting travelers to unwind amidst nature’s splendor.

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