India – Coast to Coast (30/12/08-15/01/09)

Page 1: Mumbai to Sri Lanka

An exotic holiday with some wonderful experiences enjoyed with two very kind friends who invited me to join them on a tour which they had already booked. I could not miss this opportunity to do something which I would never have undertaken on my own.

The adventure began in Mumbai, where we boarded the luxurious Deccan Odyssey train and took a step back into the days of the Raj. It had spacious en suite air conditioned cabins, two restaurant cars offering international cuisine, and the most attentive steward for each carriage that one could possibly wish for. We travelled for three days on this train, stopping at Ratnagiri, and Malvan where we disembarked for sight-seeing coach tours before reaching our final destination, Goa. After a half- day guided tour of this beautiful city with its numerous churches (very much a Christian ‘stronghold’), we flew to Chennai (formerly Madras) on the east coast of India where we boarded the MS Island Sky – a small ship accommodating about 85 passengers and 65 crew. Again, the service was superb.

From Chennai, we sailed round the southern tip of India, dropping in at Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuticorin and Madurai, Trivandrum, the Lakshadweep Islands, Cochin and finally the Maldives from where we flew home.

My pictures show just a few of the highlights from the itinerary.

Bagstra P – C’est La Vie (Shining Mix)