PONANT invites you to discover the wonders of India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka during an all-new 13-day cruise from Mumbai to Colombo. Let yourself fall under the spell of these eastern lands bordered by the Indian Ocean and influenced by Buddhist and Hindu traditions.
Le Lapérouse will depart from Mumbai, India’s cultural and economic capital.
You will first discover Diu and Goa, two former colonies of the Portuguese Indies. Goa is prized for its beaches and its rich cultural heritage, in particular a collection of late 16th-century churches and convents, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Your ship will then arrive in Kerala, on Malabar Coast, in south-western India. From Trivandrum, you will be able to visit Padmanabhapuram Palace, one of the finest examples of traditional Kerala architecture, before setting sail for Cochin. A former royal town where the air is rich with the aroma of cardamom and cloves, this port of call will also be the opportunity to discover, aboard traditional boats, the fishing villages settled along the banks of the “backwaters”, a network of lakes and canals that criss-cross the lush landscapes of Kerala.
Le Lapérouse will then head to the Maldives and their sumptuous coral islets and turquoise lagoons. At the heart of the archipelago, discover Baa Atoll. This exceptional site, listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2011, is a perfectly preserved tropical paradise. The fifty-odd islets that make up the atoll offer visitors long stretches of white sand and beaches with crystal-clear water, lined with palm trees.
Conclude your journey in Sri Lanka where you will be able to admire the fortifications of the old town of Galle, testimony to its Portuguese and Dutch heritage and a UNESCO World Heritage site, before disembarking in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital located at the crossroads of the sea trade between Europe and Asia.