Reviving the Sri Lanka and India Ferry Service

In a remarkable development, Cheriyapani, a passenger ferry service between Sri Lanka and India has commenced after 41 years. This eagerly awaited resurrection promises to enhance travel and strengthen the connections between these two nations, offering a unique mode of transportation and fostering economic, religious, and cultural ties.

Cheriyapani Specs

The Ferry is 35 meters long and 9.6 meters wide and it has the capacity to carry up to 150 passengers, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable journey for all on board. This ferry covers a distance of approximately 60 nautical miles (110 kilometers) between Nagapattinam and Kankesanthurai, providing travelers with a scenic and enjoyable voyage that takes around 3.5 hours, depending on sea conditions. The twin-hull catamaran-style ferry ensures a smooth and comfortable journey.

Cheriyapani Ticket Booking

The cost of the round-trip service is 13,000 INR (50000 LKR) plus tax, offering travelers an affordable way to explore both Sri Lanka and India. For those seeking a one-way journey, tickets can be purchased for Rs 6,500 INR (25000 LKR) plus tax, providing flexibility for various travel itineraries.

To book your voyage on this passenger ferry, an online booking facility will be available starting in January 2024. Until then, interested parties can secure their slots by calling +94715365365 at least 24 hours in advance. Additionally, passengers will be required to send their passport copy and visa details via WhatsApp to confirm their booking.

Cheriyapani Schedule

The ferry service from Nagapattinam starts at 7 AM, reaching Kankesanthurai by 11 AM. The return journey begins at 2 PM in Kankesanthurai, and passengers will arrive in Nagapattinam by 5 PM. Each passenger is allowed to carry up to 50 kilograms of luggage, ensuring you can bring your essentials for a comfortable journey.

Cheriyapani will start operating again from 13th of March 2024

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Economic and Cultural Impact

The introduction of this new ferry service is expected to have a positive impact on trade, religious tourism, and commerce in the coastal regions of both countries. The service’s affordability is also likely to attract tour operators, enabling budget travelers from Tamil Nadu and other parts of India to explore prominent places of worship in Colombo and southern Sri Lanka.

In addition, Sri Lankan pilgrims will now have improved access to pilgrimage sites like Nagapattinam, Velankanni, Nagore, Thirunallar, and beyond, including the historical temple cities of Madurai, Thanjavur, and Tiruchi.