Kerala launches its first seaplane service.
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.
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
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