For the first time in Tamil Nadu, the state government is considering setting up a floating restaurant at Muttukadu Boat House, located on the East Coast Road between Chennai and Mamallapuram. The floating restaurants are quite famous in the backwaters of neighboring Kerala.
This will encourage more tourists to visit Muttukadu and enjoy the backwater ride, according to a government tourism announcement to the Assembly on Saturday.
Muttukadu Boathouse – 36 km south of Chennai – is a water sports facility offering rowing, windsurfing, water skiing and speedboat. It was inaugurated in 1984 and has 15 rowboats: 27 speedboats and 9 pedal boats, in addition to two high-speed aqua scooters. The depth of the water varies between 3 feet and 6 feet. It is owned and operated by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation, according to information in the public domain.
A feasibility study will also be carried out to introduce luxury maritime and ferry services between tourist towns. Luxury boat cruises are short term trips by sea with various entertainment features for tourists. These tours are very popular abroad. A feasibility study for the launch of a luxury maritime transport service between Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari, the cities most visited by domestic and foreign tourists, will be carried out, the government said.