West Coast of India

As part of a month long cruise on the Legend of the Seas we visited several ports on the Western coast of India and the Arabian Sea.

Kochi, formerly Cochin, is a major port city on the west coast of India by the Arabian Sea. It was the main seat of Portuguese India until 1530 and an important spice trading center.

Mangalore’s landscape is characterized by rolling hills, coconut palms, freshwater streams, and hard red-clay tiled-roof buildings.

Goa is India’s richest state with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of the country as a whole. It is a former Portuguese province which was in existence for about 450 years before it was annexed by India in 1961. Goa is known for its beaches and world heritage architecture so is visited by a large number of international as well as domestic tourists each year.

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay until 1996, was transformed into a major seaport on the Arabian Sea in 1845 when major roads and railway lines were completed. Today it is the most populous city in India and fourth most populous in the world. Today Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India.