Historical notes– Francklin’s travel to Ceylon and Southern and Western India-1786


1786 A.D.

The following descriptive notes are taken from the diary of the English ensign William Francklin, of the East India Company’s service, who visited Southern India on his way by sea from Bengal to Persia in 1786. Francklin touched at Point de Galle, Ceylon, on March 24th, and proceeded thence along the Malabar coast and the western shores of India, making stops at Anjengo in the district of Travancore, at Cochin and Tellicherri in Malabar, at Goa, and at Bombay. His observations give us a view of these places at the close of the eighteenth century.