V. Ponnuraj Deputy Commissioner, DK District, said in a function held in the city that the Lakshadweep administration has shown interest for launching direct tourist cruise service..." />
Mangalore, September 28: V. Ponnuraj Deputy Commissioner, DK District, said in a function held in the city that the Lakshadweep administration has shown interest for launching direct tourist cruise service between Mangalore and Lakshadweep islandS. The administrator of Lakshadweep islands had written to him to this effect.
According to the website of Tourism Department of the islands, tourists have to obtain permission at Kochi to visit there. People should be part of package tours and they cannot stay there beyond the permitted period in view of carrying capacity of the islands and shortage of essential items, including drinking water.
Mr. Ponnuraj, who is chairman of the District Tourism Development Committee, said that tourists from Goa and other northern parts of Mangalore need not go up to Kochi, if direct vessel connectivity was made available from Mangalore.
Later, in an informal chat with presspersons, the Deputy Commissioner said that a meeting will have to be held with the authorities of Lakshadweep before finalising the proposal of direct travel from here. A meeting will be held here soon, he said.