Great news for our Sri Lanka students - India has restarted its ferry service, connecting southern India with the northern shores of Sri Lanka.
The ferry service was suspended for 20 years during the country's 25 year civil war. Over 7,000 civilian lives were lost in the battle between the Sinhalese and the Tamil minority in the northeast, and of course ferry services broke down entirely during the conflict.
The first boat of the resumed service, the Scotia Prince, left from Tuticorin in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Monday evening and arrived in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on Tuesday morning. The route is planned two times a week and prices will be considerably lower than plane journeys.