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Kochi to get a new cruise ship terminal next year

KOCHI: Kochi is going to get a new cruise ship terminal next year.

The Cochin Port Trust, the government entity that manages the all-weather natural port on Willingdon and Vallarpadam islands, plans to throw open the doors to the new international cruise terminal by late 2018, reports India.com.

Meanwhile Costa Cruises, a major European cruise line company, has announced new cruise ship holidays for 3-4 nights from Mumbai to Kochi and onwards to the Maldives.

The two news are a nice one-two punch that should catalyze a rather nascent cruise liner tourism industry in India. If you want something different from India’s ancient heritage sites, sacred pilgrimage spots, quaint little villages and roads of all shapes and sizes, a cruise holiday is a nice option.

Take to a cruise ship for a few days, where the only sound outside is that of the ocean and the wind, and the only thing that you see is the ocean water glistening under the clear sky above.

When it comes to cruise holidays, Kochi is pretty much one of the best destinations among India’s few ports of call.

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