The First International Marina in India was commissioned at Kochi and built at a cost of `8 crore. The marina and the marina house is built as part of Bolgatty Palace Hotel, run by the KTDC. The cruisers access fuel, water, power, maintenance sewage pump-out for boats on their halt at the marina.
The marina, positioned between South East Asia and Egypt, is at an advantage due to its proximity to the international maritime route at the south west coast of the Indian Peninsula. There are minimum tidal variations throughout the year. It was named a stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race India Stopover in 2008-2009, adding to its popularity.
The marina currently has 34 berths, to be expanded to 50 in the next phase of development. The marina project prepared by the Kerala Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation (KITCO) was carried out by Ocean Blue Marinas, a part of the Ocean Blue Group. The marina will be managed by the company on a three-year contract.
There were many, many houseboats stationed at the marina, with the most eye-catching being the Rainbow cruises. Its rooms are so luxuriously appointed that one forgets the line dividing a houseboat from a yacht.