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New India to Sri Lanka Ferry Service

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Note: This ferry service is no longer operating. A new ferry service MAY be introduced by 20015-16.

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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