An Indian Cruise

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In Mumbai, Hotel Sahara Star Mumbai is getting rave reviews.  Photo credit: Worldhotels.

India’s history, cultural diversity and the energy and vibrancy of its people are surely best appreciated first hand.

Travelers can easily make such a connection by taking one of the many ocean cruises which call in regularly at a number of ports dotted along the India’s coastline.

Think of India and images of the British Raj leap out from the pages of history. It was considered the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the Victorian empire.

Britain’s influence can still be seen everywhere from India’s seemingly chaotic railway system to its educational institutions and legal and democratic processes.

One of the many ports of call for cruise liners is Kochi, the second largest city in the state of Kerala. The city, located north of the southern tip of India, looks out on to the Arabian Sea and was for centuries a spice trading centre.

A popular tourist attraction in Kochi is the Chinese fishing nets, an unusual form of fishing which uses a cantilever-type structure to balance large horizontal shore-operated lift nets. The nets are raised and lowered into the water by teams of up to six fishermen.

Further north lies the port of Mangalore, its name coming from the local Hindu Goddess Mangaladevi. Sea trade has always been the port’s lifeblood. Today, the port handles 75% of India’s coffee exports and practically all of its trade in cashew nuts.

No trip to India would be complete without a visit to incredible Mumbai, the most populous city in India. The city’s population numbers over 20 million in  its metropolitan area, with only Shanghai, Karachi and Istanbul having more people.

It has a deep natural harbor and approximately 70% of all of India’s trade passes through its two ports, Mumbai Port Trust and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust .

Not unsurprisingly, Mumbai is the richest city in India and both the economic and entertainment capital. Mumbai is the home of Bollywood, one of the largest centres of film production in the world.

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