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New India to Sri Lanka Ferry Service

By June 15, 2011

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Scotia Prince.
Scotia Prince.

The resumption of a ferry service connecting India and Sri Lanka has been talked about for a while now, and this week it became a reality. The Scotia Prince, operated by Indian company Flemingo Liners, had its maiden voyage from the port of Tuticorin in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu to Colombo in Sri Lanka.

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu isn't happy about it though. She's already called for the ferry service to be suspended because of how ethnic Tamils are treated in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, the Indian government is working on also restarting another ferry service, between Rameswaram and Talaimannar.

(Ferry services between India and Sri Lanka halted  in the early 1980s because of the civil war in Sri Lanka).

The Scotia Prince ferry currently departs for Colombo on Mondays and Fridays, and returns to India from Colombo  on Wednesdays and Sundays.  The duration of the trip is 14 hours.  The cost is quite reasonable and much cheaper than flying.  As an introductory offer, rooms are priced from 2,243 rupees/$49 (exclusive of taxes but including dinner).

A little about the ship: it has 9 decks, and 317 cabins to accommodate 1,044 passengers. A casino and live entertainment are also planned.

Raja Travels in Tuticorin  is apparently handling the bookings. Ph:  +91 461 2320747 or email  balu@rajatravels.org

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June 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm
(1) pradip shah says:

Good,well come news. I will travel some day on this ship.

June 21, 2011 at 1:11 am
(2) goindia says:

I’d like to travel on it too one day. :-)

May 15, 2012 at 3:37 am
(3) srinivas kashyap says:

Do You carry cargo as well ? If so please phone or mail 9342529656 in India.industries.vk@gmail.com

May 18, 2012 at 5:10 am
(4) madhusudan says:

The fare is not so cheap if compared with air fare from makemy trip for 30 days in advance trip plan

Economy class air- res 3313/
Lowest on ship rs 3220/

say urself.

this fare can b ereduced to at least one third of onwe fourth
deck service on cochin lakshyadweep for almosdt same travel costs few hundred . See this link http://lakshadweep.nic.in/cat3.htm

August 9, 2012 at 4:51 am
(5) Narayanan Subramanian says:

The ferry service has been stopped due to poor response.
sad news really.

August 9, 2012 at 11:14 am
(6) goindia says:

Oh no! That is sad news. :-( What a shame. Thanks for letting us know.

September 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm
(7) textibule says:

>See this link http://lakshadweep.nic.in/cat3.htm

Aie! I just did and now I think I’m blind. Worst website of all time.

September 11, 2012 at 12:25 am
(8) goindia says:

Ugh, isn’t it! And it looks like it hasn’t been updated since 2001. :-(

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