Kochi Port Introduces Helicopter Rides for Cruise Tourists

Kochi Port Introduces Helicopter Rides for Cruise Tourists
View of Kochi Port from Fort Kochi, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The chopper aims to provide cruise tourists a holistic aerial view of Kerala within three to five hours

OT Staff
December 31 , 2019
01 Min Read

A helicopter service has been inaugurated at Kochi to cater to its large influx of cruise tourist arrivals. The chopper, whose first flight was in November, will ferry visitors from Willingdon Island—the heart of Kochi Port—to the hill station of Munnar, and the nature park of Jatayu Earth’s Center in Chadayamangalam. 

Kochi Port is one of India’s top cruise destinations, having registered 49 international cruise ship arrivals (with 62,753 passengers!) in 2018-19. The helicopter service, run by Chipsan Aviation in association with the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Kerala Tourism and Greenix Village, is meant to make a cruise tourist’s itinerary more exciting when arriving at the port. 

A DTPC official told The Times of India that these tourists normally spend three to five hours in Kochi after the ships dock at the port. The new service—priced at between Rs 60,000 to 70,000 per person, depending on the trip—is meant to provide a quick aerial view of Kerala before they head back to their ships.

M Beena, Chairperson of the Kochi Port Trust, revealed that 25 percent of cruise tourist arrivals in Kochi are repeat visitors and that more initiatives to spruce up their stay are in the works. Currently, a chopper ride will only be available during the arrival of these cruise ships, but Kochi Port also plans to unveil a new cruise terminal by February 2020. 

Kochi Port is a natural port with two wharves. Its operations are split between Willingdon Island, which is the largest artificial island in India, and the smaller island of Vallarpadam. Both islands are within the Vembanad Lake, which spans several districts in Kerala and is the longest lake in India. 

Read | Fly between Mumbai, Pune, and Shirdi with BLADE India's New Helicopter Service

Read | 6 Destinations to Begin Helicopter and Seaplane Services under UDAN India


everyone want to go Leh, but _="">things to do in Leh_ everyone should search for before traveling.
Awara Feet January 06 , 2020

Beginners have no knowledge that while playing golf, they may lose a lot of balls. They should buy one or two dozen balls so that their learning can go on smoothly. After having a lot of practice, the number of buying the ball.lls can be reduced _="">Click Here To Know More_.
winkler glinesnw January 03 , 2020

Kochi is one of the best tourist places in Kerala. Now Kochi port introduces Helicopter ride to tourists. _="">private tour louvre_ I am definitely going for a ride in a Helicopter. If I am not read this post, maybe that's my great loss
Jennifer Winget January 02 , 2020

Related Articles

Current Weather

Kochi, India
Fog. Warm.

26 C Today
Humidity: 94%
Wind: 0.00km/h


37 C


39 C


39 C

Here to there

Explore Directions(Routes) and more...
to Go

Other Editions

Outlook’ is India’s most vibrant weekly news magazine with critically and globally acclaimed print and digital editions. Now in its 23rd year...

Explore All
Got a question?Ask Marco
  • Check out our Magazine of the month
  • Offbeat destinations
  • In-depth storytelling
  • Stunning pictures
  • Subscribe

Check Out Our Latest Issue