Cochin can't be all that bad. There is a new marina there now. Both the Vasco de Gama Rally and the Bluewater Round the World
Rally stop in Cochin now rather than Sri Lanka or the Maldives
. Both rallies then proceed to a more northern latitude before proceeding to Oman or Yemen. This is because of the increasing number of piracy
attacks on the more direct route
of Uligan to Salalah, as shown on the Live Piracy
site. The Maldives
certainly might be more beautiful than the western coast of India
; but as Mark mentioned, Bill and I have seen enough patches of coral
in the South Pacific
to last us a lifetime.
Getting from Thailand
to some point past the Gate of Tears is just a "do it quickly and do it safely" part of our circumnavigation
. Then we will take our time going up the Red Sea after getting past the piracy areas.