Kerala has always placed heavy emphasis on water-tourism. The stunning backwaters and the beautiful shorelines make for picturesque vacation days. Whether it is adrenaline-pumping water-sports or a languid cruise in a boat, Kerala has something for everyone.
Well, recovering from the devastating floods, God’s Own Country has bounced back and how.
Giving luxury tourism a shot in the arm, the state government unveiled an Egyptian-themed luxury vessel ‘Nefertiti’. The behemoth Rs 16.14 crore vessel is most luxurious and will provide a cruise experience to tourists, according to the Indian Express.
The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted about the 3-story vessel that will house an auditorium, a hall, a restaurant, play area for children, and a 3D theatre.
A new boost to the tourism sector. Nefertiti, a luxury air-conditioned vessel for conducting leisure trips in sea, will soon commence service from Kochi. This ₹16.14 crore worth 3 storey vessel will have the title of being the most luxurious vessel in Kerala. pic.twitter.com/78yAGZyznH
— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) October 13, 2018
Fully-furnished and ideal for both meetings and celebrations, this vessel will also have advanced security features and modern state-of-the-art communication systems. The mammoth vessel took nearly two years to be constructed.
The luxury cruise ship belongs to the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC), and news of its scheduled launch was announced by Mohammed Hanish, the Managing Director of KSINC on Sunday, according to The Times of India.
Named after one of the most beautiful Egyptian queens, Nefertiti can travel 16 km in 60 minutes and travel 20 nautical miles in the sea. The ship’s decor has been designed with the Egyptian civilisation in mind.
Abraham George, an Expert Member of the National Tourism Advisory Council (NTAC), and ex-president of KTM, told The Times of India that Nefertiti would take the tourism industry in Kerala up several notches, especially if Kochi were converted into a cruise hub.
Well, seeing Kerala is blessed with picturesque waterways, the Nefertiti, with its beautiful decor and safety features, is the perfect way to spend time in God’s Own Country!
Here are some stunning pictures of this massive cruise ship!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)