Ferry services are to be commenced between Kochi of India and Kulhudhuffushi of Male, as per Prime Minister of India, Honorable Narendra Modi. He announced this during his visit to Maldives from 8-9th June 2019.
This is being done to boost tourism and increase connectivity between India and Maldives. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was hence signed by both countries to establish this services. In addition, Hon. Narendra Modi and Hon. Solih both requested officials to carry out this project as quickly as possible.
The distance from Kochi to Kulhudhuffushi is 500km and it is currently estimated that the ferry will take approximately 24 hours to travel between the two countries.