Superfast AC ferry to connect Vaikom and Kochi from Nov 4

Kerala’s first air-conditioned and fastest ferry is all set to be launched by November 4 connecting the 35-km Vaikom-Ernakulam-Fort Kochi route. The ferry can accommodate 40 passengers in its AC cabin and 80 in the non-AC area.

It is expected to complete the journey between Vaikom and Ernakulam Boat Jetty in 90 minutes, compared to the two hour via buses that ply between the two places. Minister for Finance Dr T M Thomas Isaac and Minister for Transport A K Saseendran are expected to be present at the vessel’s inaugural run from Vaikom.

The non-AC fare would be Rs 40, which is much lower than the bus fare. The ferry is also expected to attract foreign travellers as the ride through the picturesque stretch is going to be an exciting one for the travellers.

The ferry can attain a speed of up to 14 knots (around 25 km per hour) and is expected to halt at a terminal near Indo-American Hospital near Vaikom, Aroor, and Thevara en route.