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Cruising Itinerary - Indian Coast & Lakshwadeep Islands

27TH Dec 2007: Thursday

Arrival into Bombay – Drive to Yacht anchored off Gateway of India. Settle in on board and depending on the time off arrival, go ashore for some sightseeing and shopping for Indian artifacts in Colaba Causeway and the Taj shopping arcade.
Back on board for cocktails followed by dinner at Bombay’s famous Indian restaurant –KHYBER (www.khyberrestaurant.com).
The more adventurous can follow dinner up with a visit to Henry Thams – an eclectic mix of Chinese Cuisine and the best of live Blues on offer in Bombay.

Gateway of India and the Taj in the background – definitve of the Bombay skyline and the location from which the last British ships sailed from India.

KHYBER, the definitive & legendary restaurant that has proven itself time and again as India’s finest Indian eatery.
Khyber is spaciously spread over 3 floors and 5000 square feet of opulent interiors. A restaurant that has graciously evolved over 40 years, Khyber is a legacy inherited and nurtured by Sudheer Bahl. Having played host to the likes of Richard Gere, Goldie Hawn, Sting, Bryan Adams, Demi Moore and many more, Khyber has taken the flavours of India to international acclaim.

Henry Tham, self named after the noted restaurateur and its owner, offers Mumbai a new experience with its Mordern Asian culinary experience. The Restaurant is a dedication to the Zen philosophy of simplicity, clean outlook and purity. The fine-dine restaurant serves a Chinese menu with some strains of Japanese evolved so it is relevant to today’s palate. The fine-dine meal is a sumptuous course wise experience which emphasizes the glorification of all senses – a celebration of taste, presentation and ambience.

28th Dec 2007: Friday

After a leisurely breakfast the yacht will set sail to Murud Janjira and anchor off the island under the protection of the famous Maratha fort. The guests in the meantime will be dropped off at Mandwa Jetty (Bombay’s answer to the Hamptons) and have lunch in an Indian home (to experience Indian hospitality and ‘home cooked Indian cuisine’) At lunch, Woody will play eclectic live Saxophone music accompanied by percussionists.

After lunch, the guests will be driven to Murud Janjira to be welcomed back on board.

A quick look around the Murud Fort is also recommended.
Formerly the capital town of the Siddis of Janjira, Murud is today popular for its alluring beach, whispering casuarinas, coconut and betel palms, and an ancient fort.

On a hillock to the north is the shrine of Lord Dattatraya, the three heads representing Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara.

The 950-years old fort of Janjira is an architectural marvel- once upon a time considered to be impregnable.

Lunch at the Captain’s Den–Aranya in Kihim Village.

29th Dec 2007: Saturday

The yacht sets sail early in the morning so that she can be anchored off Baga Beach in Goa by 1800hrs. Cocktails at sunset followed by dinner at Fiesta – Goa’s most famous ‘Medit’ restaurant run by Manek & Yellow.

Hours later when you are almost dying from an overdose of good food, you realise, that there are not many places in the world you can eat like this.
- The Herald

Located in the busy and popular Calangute - Baga stretch, Fiesta is perched on sand dunes over looking the Arabian sea. Originally a Portuguese summer villa built in 1932, it now houses the kitchen, reception and office. The bar is near the Lounge, which flows into the main dining area which is exquisitely set in an exotic tropical garden.
www.fiestagoa.com

30th Dec 2007: Sunday

An hours sail North to Goa’s famous Morjim Beach with a leisurely lunch at La Plage followed by an afternoon siesta while the yacht sails back to Baga.

The more lively guests can join the afternoon party on the beach run at Zanzibar annually for the festive week.

Dinner on board or at Chef Rego’s restaurant at the hotel (which many say is the best Goan cuisine one can find) after the yacht sails back to Aguada Head to anchor off the Taj Village Hotel.
Guests looking for a late night out can head up to Club Cubana – Goa’s famous Nightclub in the Sky.

La Plage at Asvem beach, owned by Morgan & Serge, who also own Le Restaurant. At the weekend this place is full of "the beautiful people." Makes it difficult to get a table, but nice to see.

31st Dec 2007: Monday

Morning watersports followed by lunch at Isla Polak – a beautiful boutique hotel 30mins drive from the yacht which hosts arguably the best table in Goa.
Late afternoon Siesta’s to prepare for the night out to join the festivities ashore.

1st Jan 2008:Tuesday

A late flight out to Cochin for the guests where they will go on a two night cruise in the backwaters whilst the yacht sails to Agatti.

2nd Jan 2008:Wednesday

The guests enjoy the cuisine, sightseeing and the backwaters in aptly named ‘Kerala – God’s Own Country’

Kettuvellayams (luxury houseboats) are built entirely with out nails. Plants of jackwood are joined together and coir rope and coated with caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kenels. They carry furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. As you cruise down the canal you can see morning newspaper and mail delivery by boat, vendors in boat paddle from house to house selling everyday provisions like rice, vegetables, oil, kerosene etc. with hundreds of quacking ducks around. Also you can see village activities, fisherman's activities and see old beautiful temples, churches and old fashioned Kerala and experience Ayurvedic and holistic healing and massages.

3rd Jan 2008: Thursday

Catch the Kingfisher flight to Agatti in the Lakshwadeeps where Kalizma is holding off at anchor. Visit Tinakkara island for some snorkeling and diving.

The islands look like emeralds in the vast expanse of blue sea. Varying hues of turquoise blue translucent water surround them. Coral atolls, the matchless marine environment with myriad colours resulting in complex interaction of animate and inanimate things. Built on ancient volcanic formations are the Lakshadweep (meaning a hundred thousand islands), the tiniest Union Territory of India. It consists of 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. The atolls poised on submarine banks, harbour 36 islands having an area of 32 Sq.Km. Of these, 10 islands are inhabited namely Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy. The islands lie about 220-440 Kms from the Malabar coast between 8° and 12° 13' North Latitude and 71° & 74° East Longitude. Kavaratti is the Administrative Headquarter of the Union Territory.

Each island is fringed by snowwhite coral sands, are marked by a huge, shallow, calm lagoon on one side which separate it from incoming swells of the outer sea by the fort wall-reef made of massive coral boulders and live corals. The only coral islands of our country, are the result of gradual assimilation of calcium from the water by corals and their turning into reefs.

4th Jan 2008: Friday

A morning dive followed by a 40nm sail to Kidmat Island for an evening barbeque.

5th Jan 2008: Saturday.

A morning dive with lunch on board followed by an afternoon sail to Kavaratti islands to spend the evening and overnight.

6th Jan 2008: Sunday

A morning sail to Suheli Par, another beautiful island in the group approx 30nm away for snorkeling/diving and watersport.

7th Jan 2008: Monday

A morning sail back to Agatti to catch the flight back to Cochin for the guests to make their return back while the yacht sails back to Bombay.

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