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Kochi International Marina - A Perfect Place for Enjoyment

July 1, 2014

The international Marina at Kochi is located on the eastern coast of Bolgatty Island and is the only marina in India. It started operating from the 24th of April, 2010 and is owned by KTDC, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. It can house 34 yachts and soon it will be upgraded, so that it can accommodate 50 yachts. We went to visit the place during our stay at Kochi and had a wonderful time there.

Kochi International Marina
Kochi International Marina | Image Resource : wikimapia.org

It has a three storey building on the northern side of the Bolgatty Palace to accommodate sailors from all over the world. It was recently built and offers all facilities. A two way lane that runs from the mainland to the island is also completed, so that people may have easy access to the island. With its berthing facility, Kochi is now a perfect spot for yachts coming from the West and travelling to north eastern parts of Asia. Many of the luxury cruise lines have also started passing through Kochi in the recent times. Recently Kochi has become a center of many of the sea based adventure tourism. It is estimated that about 100 yachts visit the harbor of Kochi every year, most of which are from the European countries like Finland, Norway and United Kingdom, in addition to New Zealand and Australia.

The marina has many facilities like round the clock security, power outlet at every berth, supervising the yacht while away, single phase 16 amps supply, portable water outlet at every berth, sewage pump out arrangement, fuelling arrangements at location, minor repair facilities, shore toilet, laundry facilities and so on. A board walk, which consists of a wooden board that reaches in to the back waters, allows the tourists to have a look at the yachts closely.

The Marina House, built in typical Kerala style, is an important aspect of the Kochi International Marina, where the sailors can refuel their vessels and buy all items needed. It also has 24 deluxe rooms, of which 4 are suite rooms. It also features a recreation center, a cafeteria, gym, pool and so on. We had an exciting time at the International Marina and watched many yachts coming and going.

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