When you embark on a cruise to India, you'll be setting sail on a journey to an exotic country, a land rich in tradition, heritage and breathtaking architecture. It's the second-most populous country on Earth and a trip to any of its memorable cities and coastal destinations will reward you with an experience you'll never forget.
Book a cruise to India and it's likely you'll visit Mumbai, a huge, hectic city which over 20 million people call home. Formerly known as Bombay, the city boasts some truly memorable architectural attractions, such as the Mahalakshmi Temple, one of the most famous places of worship in the city and the Shree Siddhivinayak, a beautiful Hindu temple which is over 200 years old. A more modern architectural landmark can be found in the form of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, a bridge built in 2009 which links South Mumbai to the suburbs. The Colaba district, meanwhile, is a great area in which to shop or perhaps visit one of the city's museums.
Chennai, perhaps still better known by its former name of Madras, is the cultural capital of South India and a popular port of call on your cruise to India. It's also the capital of the Tamil Nadu state, where the food is of paramount importance and the choice of beautiful traditional dishes is as rich as their flavour. The traditional Mylapore neighbourhood is a great place in which to soak up the atmosphere, shop or perhaps try some of the famous Chennai coffee, while there are some beautiful architectural sites to explore, such as Kapaleeshwar Temple and Sri Parthasarathy Temple.
Another popular destination on your cruise to India is Cochin. Now known as Kochi, it is a port with a long history and played a vital role during the 14th-century spice trade. The city has been influenced by many cultures throughout the centuries, and a stroll through the streets on your cruise excursion will reveal such eclectic architectural gems as Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Santa Cruz Basilica and Paradesi Synagogue.
The Nicobar Islands are an island chain in the Indian Ocean and cosmopolitan Port Blair is the largest city in the group. The city's Cellular Jail is its most historically important site and a popular tourist attraction. Once a place of imprisonment for those who fought for India's freedom, it's now a national monument which tells their story, and its beautiful garden is the perfect place to pause for reflection. Visit the city's Anthropological Museum and Samudrika Marine Museum, meanwhile, to discover more about the islands' history and sea life.
The sun-drenched state of Goa is a popular stop-off point for cruises to India, largely because of its many beautiful beaches and a trip to one of its paradise sandy escapes to spend the day enjoying the year-round pleasant climate is a popular cruise excursion. However, the blend of Indian and Portuguese influences on the region also makes for some great historical sites to explore, such as Old Goa in Panaji, where you can find World Heritage Site, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the place where the tomb of St Francis Xavier, founder of the Jesuit order, lies.
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