Sri Lanka Is Only 27 km Away! Here Are 10 Views We Can Enjoy If Both Countries Start a Ferry Service


If you have ever zoomed in on the map of India, you must have accidentally noticed Sri Lanka down below. Not very far from the coast of the south-eastern tip of India, Sri Lanka seems very close to us. But how close is it, really?

The distance between Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu, India and Talaimannar in Sri Lanka is only about 27 km.

This got me thinking about why we can't broach such a short distance by ferries.

Let's look at the distance that some of the ferry services running in India cover:

1. Alleppey to Vaikom, Kerala - 26 km

2. Nimati Ghat, Jorhat to Kamalabari Ghat, Majuli, Assam - 20 km

3. Vasco Da Gama to Candolim, Goa - 16 km

4. Gateway of India to Elephanta Island - 13 km

Hence, running a ferry between India and Sri Lanka via the Gulf of Mannar shouldn't be a big deal at all.

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If there was a ferry service that connected the two countries, it would become immensely convenient for travellers who wish to travel to Sri Lanka via waterways.

Until 2011, there was a ferry service called Scotia Prince that operated between Tuticorin and Colombo. However, it got suspended due to multiple reasons such as bankruptcy and political unrest.

The political relations between the two countries has seen its ups and downs in the recent past, and as such it is difficult to picture a free-flowing tourism scenario currently. However, if relations improve in the future, it would be fascinating to start something that would boost tourism and help both nations.

What if this actually happens?

If a ferry service starts running between India and Sri Lanka any time soon, this is what your 10-day long itinerary would be like:

1. Arriving at Dhanushkodi via Pamban Bridge

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2. Witnessing Ram Sethu/Adam's Bridge

3. Meeting the most clear waters and blue skies in Talaimannar

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4. Getting to the mainland of Sri Lanka through Mannar

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5. Exploring Buddhism in Anuradhapura

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6. Getting to highest heights at Dambulla

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7. Visiting Sri Lanka's colonial past at Kandy

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8. Enjoying the tea gardens of Nuwara Eliya

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9. Making most of modern day Colombo

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10. And relaxing in the turquoise waters at Galle

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All that without the hassle of booking any flights.

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