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Published: February 17th 2010
We flew into Kochi after a nice flight from New Delhi -- impressed with the domestic airport and the efficiency. Really it has been quite easy to get from point A to point B on this trip -- everything on time, all in reasonable condition, staff efficient and pleasant -- but still, in India, it is never really easy -- it is, after all, India. So after getting to Kochi we have slowed the pace. Also because we are in the tropics now and it is really hot. Kochi was a nice little town but just too hot for us to do much during the day. Like most Indian towns, it is dead at night. Anyway, one day we did have a bit of a walk around and came back exhausted and didn't leave the room again till sunset. We found a nice hotel in a back street, we didn't reserve and were a bit worried about finding something but we went straight there in the taxi like we had been programmed. We had fish at a restaurant in the harbor and it was almost burnt beyond recognition -- but we ate it anyway and even went back to the same
restaurant a few nights later because the seafood fried rice was really good and in the meantime the other restaurants we tried were pretty awful. We did a backwater tour with a big boat in the main lake for half the day and a canoe ride through the small canals for the afternoon. It was a great day -- really enjoyed it -- as an added bonus it was overcast all day and seemed cooler. Kerela is green, green, green and with many beautiful places with different scenery. We did a quick walk past the fishing nets in Kochi and I went on a rickshaw ride through Jew Town in the middle of the day -- and it all looked very nice -- but can't be sure because I didn't get out and the breeze in my face from the moving rickshaw was awfully nice ... also the Dutch Palace looked quite impressive as I whizzed past. Next stop Munnar, in the mountains.
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