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Friday, 21 June 2013

Take a trip on a Seaplane in Kerala !

India's first tourist seaplane service

Hydravion Seaplane
Photo by : Arnaud 25 via Wikimedia Commons

From this August, you can take a unique Sea plane ride to main tourist destinations in Kerala, in Mainland India's first tourist seaplane service that was launched recently on June 2, 2013. The concept is to provide an additional layer of transportation by offering last mile connectivity by air to the renowned destinations of the state.

Titled as Kerala Seaplane, this commercial seaplane service based in the Indian state of Kerala was launched on 2 June 2013, but will be officially launched for tourists in August 2013 [2]. It is the first seaplane service in mainland India, but the second in India after Jal Hans, which operates in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.[1]

Currently a 5+1 seater Cessna 206H amphibian aircraft is being used for this service. Kerala's Minister for Tourism, A.P. Anil Kumar, has announced that by the end of 2013, four more companies will be launching services from the Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode and Mangalore airports to backwaters in Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kasargod districts.[3]

According to their official website, The initial operations shall be in a prioritised circuit consisting of, Astamudi,Punnamada, Kumarakon, Munnar, Bolgatty and Bekal with the three airports as base station. Apart from the city joyrides, they have other packages like full Kerala explorations and charter servives.

A seaplane is a powered fixed-wing aircraft capable of taking off and landing on water. Now, a tour on this sounds quite interesting, doesn't it?

Map for seaplane in Kerala:

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External References and Links:
[1] Kerala Seaplane - on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved June 21, 2013
[2] Kerala launches country's first tourist seaplane service - on Times of India (timesofindia.com) - PTI - 2 June 2013.
[3] Kerala CM Oommen Chandy launches India's first seaplane service - IANS - IBNLive.com - 3 June 2013

External Related Links:
[1] Kerala Seaplane - Official Website
[2] Kerala seaplane service takes off - Deccan Herald
[2] Seaplanes take Kerala tourism on a new high - Hindustan Times (hindustantimes.com)
[3] Now, take a trip on a sea plane in Kerala - slide show on Economic times [4] Kerala launches country's first tourist seaplane service - MediaoneTV Live on Youtube
[5] Kerala seaplane service faces rough weather - gulf-times.com
[6] Environmentalists say no to seaplane service in Kerala backwaters - NDTV.com





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