Kerala launches its first seaplane service.

The first seaplane service in Kerala is off to a flying start, with four more seaplane operators expected to launch such services by the end of the year 2013, connecting state cities to its extensive network of backwaters.

Kerala tourism minister, A P Anilkumar, said: “Seaplane services will allow tourists to travel from Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Mangalore to several points in the backwaters like Alleppey, Kollam, Allapuzha, Kasargode and Ernakulam. Water dromes with floating jetties (for seaplane landings), have been built.”

Tourists can now travel between destinations and access the destinations and hotels located along Kerala’s backwaters without relying on the state’s roads, which are patchy in places.

Air Travel Enterprises chairman, EM Najeeb, said the new means of transport would “up the quotient for higher-end tourist inflow and allow quicker and more scenic transfers”, and enhance Kerala’s image as a “special place to visit”.

Kerala Seaplane Services is one of four seaplane operators slated to begin service later this year. It plans to commence business on August 1, after the monsoon season, and offers three 10-seater and one four-seater planes for transport and charter rentals.


   1.Enchanting Kerala

Tour starts from Cochin Airport. Fly to Calicut – aerial view of Calicut – Bekal – visit to bekal fort and fly to alleppy – boating and fly to Kovalam/ Trivandrum. 2 days package with stay at Calicut or kovalam.
Optional – drive to wayanad – stay at wayanad.
The package – Rs 25000/- per person all by flights and stay one night – minimum 4pax
   2.Explore North Kerala 
pick up from cochin airport – Calicut airport – drive down to waynad – stay at waynad –local sightseeing and return by next morning to Calicut – beach and drop at airport – visit to Bekal and back to cochin airport.
Package costs – Rs 25000/- including stay airfare and transportation to waynad.

3. City joyride – cochin – Trivandrum – Calicut – alleppy – each ride 20min Rs 3000/- per person

4 Charter service 
exclusive aircraft at disposal 4 seater – Rs 36000/- per hour (calculated on starting base back to same place)  10  seater 70000/- per hour. Plus refundable deposit of same amount.

5. Full day charter – Morning 10 am to 5pm – max 4 hours flying rs 80000/- 4 seater Rs 280000 for 10 seater

Business trip – executive special – fly between – Cochin – Calicut – Trivandrum – Prepaid Pass – Rs 30000/- for 3 return trip in a week/month between the above destination
Weekend Home trip – for software/IT/Professionals Friday and Monday 5.30pm and 9 am from cochin, Trivandrum, and Calicut – Rs 7000/- per pax and Rs 25000/- per person for 4 weekend
Tourist places – Cochin to Munnar Rs 5000/- cochin to Alleppy Rs 3500/- cochin – Calicut –Rs 4000/ cochin – Kumarakom Rs 3500/- Cochin – Bekal – Rs 5000/- cochin kovalam/Trivandrum Rs 6000/-
From Calicut to Bekal – Rs3500/- cochin – 4000/- Munnar – 5000/- alleppy – 5000/- Trivandrum 5000/-
From Trivandrum – cochin – 4000/- alleppy – 3500/-Munnar – 5000/- Calicut – 5000/- astamudi – 3000/-
CALL AIR TAXI – 60% extra fare of the normal charges – same day return – no extra charges – waiting charges for above 2 hours.
Foreign Travellers – Minimum – $ 150, for short rip and $200 other tripsand return trip $ 300 and $400 same day. No waiting charges for 4 hours.
Advance booking must for weekend ,charter and business trips/pass.
Max duration of one trip will be  on hourmin.
Service taxes as applicable
Houseboat seaplane package – Pickup from cochin airport/resorts and drop at Alleppy – board the houseboat – overnight stay in the houseboat and check-out in the next day morning and drop to next destination/airport
Rs 15000/- per person – minimum 2 pax
Cruise package – seaplane drop at alleppy by 11am board the houseboat for day cruise return by 5pm
Package Rs 19500/- per couple
Only pick up and drop Rs 8000/- per person from cochin or Trivandrum
For promotions – Flower drop, Brochure drop ,Theme drops Rs 18000/- for 30 min
For medical emergencies – ONLY BASIC CHARGES depending upon the condition of the patient
Hilly station visit
Fly to Munnar – arial sightseeing – and back to cochin on same day – Rs 10000/- per person min 2pax
Same package with stay in Munnar – Rs 26000/- per couple ( including Hotel)
Cochin –Kumarakom – with stay in resort –Rs 22000/- per couple- without stay Rs 8500/- per person

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday launched the country’s first seaplane service from the backwaters in Kollam.

Initially, the six-seater Cessna 206 H amphibian aircraft will be utilised for this service, which will be launched officially for tourists in August.

“By the end of this year, four more companies will be launching their seaplanes and will operate them from the Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Khozikode and Mangalore airports to the backwaters in Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kasargode districts,” Said Kerala state Tourism Minister

Kerala launches its first seaplane service.

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