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Mangalore, November 6: In a breakthrough tourism project, the first direct cruise from Mangalore has begun its much awaited journey towards Lakshadweep on Saturday morning.  the very first weekend cruise voyage Lakshadweep was begun by MV Minicoy from the New Mangalore port, carrying 140 passengers, who included men, women and children. They were of different age groups. There was eagerness and excitement written on their faces.

The regular tour package has been promoted by the Lakshadweep Island Tourism Authority. The charges are Rs 5,000 per head. The voyage takes about 14 hours. The ship that sailed off today is expected to reach Kadmatt island around 10 am on Sunday, November 7. On its return journey it will reach Mangalore on Monday.

As the rains have receded and sea is calm, the cruise is expected to get popular, especially, in view of the coming holiday season.

There were around 120 passengers including 40 tourists on board the vessel which left Mangalore City Old Port at 10:15 am. 

However the tour will be of a very short period. The cruise will be returning back to Mangalore on Monday November 8. Lakshadweep is nearly 14 hours away from Mangalore. 

Sailing down to Lakshadweep from Mangalorean shores rather than going as far as Kochi was a long cherished dream of the people of the city. 

The Lakshadweep Development Corporation is operating the shipping services. 
According to Rasheed Bolar, Lakshadweep tourism co-ordinator in Mangalore, the direct tourist cruise connection between Lakshadweep and Mangalore has not only reduced the time duration of voyage but also reduced the cost. “The total package cost of this trip is Rs 5,130 where as via Kochi it will be Rs 11,000” he said. 

“The package includes transportation, food, accommodation and adventure water sports etc. Sunday will be fully packed with water sports including snorkeling, kayaking, underwater marine wealth observation through glass bottomed boats etc”, he revealed. 

However Addition Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada has clarified the organisers have not contacted the district administration and it will not be responsible for anything pertaining to the voyage.

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