How to Reach Maldives 

Travel Options

By Road & Train

The Maldives is not connected from India by any bus or train route. Since this is an island, flights and cruise ships are the only two options. However, if you’re looking at saving on expenses, you can take a train or bus from your respective cities to Kochi, Bangalore or Chennai and then take a flight to the Maldives.

By Sea

For those who fancy, reaching the Maldives by sea can be a magical experience. It’s also one of the most serene ways to explore the treasures of the island that end up remaining hidden from vision. Straight out of heart, the sea cruises will connect you to the Maldives and experience what fliers would miss. Amidst the limitless expanse of turquoise waters, islands and atolls come and go to keep you wondering and amazed at life, nature and the waterways. It will help you detach from chaos and connect with yourself until you want to voluntarily open up and talk to someone. If this fascinates you, you must take up the cruise ships that operate from Mumbai and Kochi. A single cruise to the destination will take you through most of the items on your to-do list and keep you wanting for more. Cruise ships operating have itineraries ranging from five days to over two weeks, halting at various destinations en-route for exploration. With that said, consider taking a cruise that will take you on sea for a maximum of four or five days as anything more than that can bring in sea-sickness and dehydration. Depending on your date of travel, luxury, and budget, you can select from a number of cruise-ships that ply from the two Indian cities. The approximate expenditure per person can bearound 35,000 to 45,000 rupees excluding taxes. As the luxury factor keeps increasing, prices can go up to lakhs for a single traveler. Most cruise ships are equipped with state of the art facilities and luxuries ranging from on-board entertainment, gourmet restaurants, luxe cabins, pools, gyms and fitness centers, theater, spas, laundry facilities and bars. If you’re taking a cruise from Mumbai, your route will cover destinations like Goa, Trivandram, New Mangalore, Colombo, Uligamu and more until Malé. From Kochi, you will voyage through Fort Kochi, Trivandram, Kandy, Galle, Uligamy, Olhahali Island, Baa Atoll and more until Malé.

By Air

Most of the popular airliners ply from India to the Maldives, taking you to Malé International Airport – the prime airport in the Maldives. The Maldives flights are easily available from major Indian cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi and Bangalore. While direct flights are available from Chennai and Kochi, transit flights ply from the other cities. Some of the airlines that fly from India include Indigo, Spice Jet, Jet Airways, Air India, and Sri Lankan Airlines. As far as international carriers are concerned, flights by Cathay Pacific, Hahn Air, British Airways, Qatar Airways and more have daily flights from their corresponding destinations. The Maldives is also well connected with the rest of the world with flights plying from Dubai, China and Sri Lanka. Apart from commercial carriers, charter flights ply from Europe, Singapore and China. The other major airport in the Maldives is the one located in the Gan Island, Addu City, which acts as the segway to the southern regions of the country. When traveling from India, ensure you’re awake during the flight so you don’t miss out on the glimpse of the idyllic scene outside. In addition to that, it is equally important to stay awake during the descent and landing at Malé as well. The natural beauty of the place is really breathtaking. There are multiple modes of transportation meant for to and fro airport transfers. Ferry boats, sea launches and domestic flights can connect you with the rest of the tourist destinations from Malé but what steals the show and arrives as a must-experience activity is the sea plane. Though comparatively more expensive than their other commute counterparts, sea planes offer the best of Maldivian experience and take you on a voyage across breathtaking aerial views. If you’re keen on taking the sea plan experience, you can easily get them booked from the resort you’ve booked your stay. Flight Duration: Approximately between 9 to 16 hours depending on carriers and stopovers Approximate cost per person: Rs. 7,000 to Rs.15,000 per person per flight Frequent Flights: Indigo, Spice Jet, Cathay Pacific, Hahn Air, British Airways and Qatar Airways Biggest Airport: Malé International Airport

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