Monday, November 04, 2019

India's first heli-tourism in luxury cruise ships

Mangaluru: For the first time in the country, heli-tourism services has been introduced by the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) to ferry passengers of luxury cruise ships, anchored at its port, to nearby tourist destinations.
NMPT chairman A V Ramana said 16 passengers from the cruise vessel scheduled to arrive at the port on November 12 had booked the helicopter to travel to Bekal fort in North Kerala.
There are also demands to visit 1,000-pillar basadi in Moodbidri and Sringeri. The future destinations proposed are Dharmasthala, Kukke Subrahmanya, Belur and Halebeedu.
The five-seater helicopter services are provided by Chipsan Aviation. In the beginning, only an aerial view of the tourist destinations will be provided to the passengers.
In future, there are plans to drop the passengers at the destinations and bring them back to the New Mangalore Port (NMP). The chairman emphasised on the need to boost heli-linkage between Mangaluru and other tourist places within a few-kilometre radius of the port.
04/11/19 Naina JA/Deccan Herald
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