Two more ferry routes were opened in Kanyakumari

A 45-minute to an hour trip out to sea could be the next item on the itinerary of a visit to Kanyakumari as Public Works Minister EV Velu launched two ferry services – Thiruvalluvar and Thamirabarani – from Poompuhar Shipping Corporation’s pier on Wednesday has. These are additional boat services to the existing ferry service from the jetty to Vivekananda Rock and Thiruvalluvar Statue.

The boats left the jetty and went to the Vattakottai area in the sea via Chinnamuttom, from where the Vattakottai Fort could be seen on land. The 18th-century fortress was built by Travancore kings and converted into a naval defense fort by Dutch captain Eustace De Lennoy, who was in the service of the kingdom. It would be a detour to the Vattakottai area and back to the jetty. According to authorities, the boat trip would cover a distance of 6.5 nautical miles and would be dependent on weather conditions.

The two boats were procured by the Tourism Department for 8.24 million rupees and handed over to the Poompuhar Shipping Corporation. With these two boats, the number of boats at the jetty increases to five, with three boats serving the jetty as well as Vivekananda rock and Thiruvalluvar statue.

While Thamirabarani boat is fully air-conditioned with 75 seats, Thiruvalluvar has air-conditioned cabin with 19 seats and 138 non-air-conditioned regular seats. The company charges 450 rupees for air-conditioned seats and 350 rupees for regular seats. Depending on weather conditions, each boat will make four to five trips a day, according to the shipping company.

Velu and State Dairy Minister Mano Thangaraj started work to extend the Vivekananda Rock jetty by 100 meters at Rs 10 crore. The ministers also started work on the construction of a glass bridge between the Thiruvalluvar statue and Vivekananda rock for 37 crore rupees.

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