PONANT invites you to discover the wonders of Sri Lanka and India during an all-new 9-day cruise along the West Coast of India. From Colombo to Mumbai, let yourself fall under the spell of these eastern lands influenced by Buddhist and Hindu traditions.
Le Lapérouse will depart from Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital located at the crossroads of the sea trade between Europe and Asia.
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.
You will then discover Goa and Diu, 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. As for Diu, it is a peaceful little island off the beaten track, with colourful houses.
Finally, Le Lapérouse will call at Mumbai, India’s cultural and economic capital. Make sure you visit the Elephanta Caves, a Hindu sanctuary on an island off the coast of Mumbai, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station (formerly known as Victoria Terminus), a remarkable example of Victorian neo-gothic architecture: both sites are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.