'Peace Boat' arrives at Kochi
Spreading the message of friendship, a 'Peace Boat' with 1,075 people onboard has arrived in Kochi.
While 997 passengers are from Japan, others hail from various countries including United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Eucador and Malaysia.
The vessel belongs to Japan-based international organisation 'Peace Boat, which aims to promote the message of peace and friendship by travelling around the world.
Around 700 passengers have disembarked from the vessel and would be visiting various places of interest in Kochi, known as the 'queen of Arabian sea'.
Kochi Mayor Mercy Williams and officials of the civic administration are expected to visit the vessel as part of the peace initiative.
A Yoga session and a friendly football match have been planned for the passengers at Fort Kochi.
Forty-six passengers, who had disembarked from the vessel at Singapore, the last port of call, and had visited Delhi and Agra, would be joining the vessel in Kochi.
Kochi is the ship's third port of call since it embarked on a voyage from Tokyo on Sept 23. The ship will reach Japan on January 10 next year.
The vessel is scheduled to leave for Aquba in Jordan late tonight.