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Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi April 8th 2019

It was an 8.30 start as Anoop didnt want us to get into town too late and then get caught by the sun. Today we were shown round Fort Kochi - which includes the Fort (built by the Portugese, then destroyed and re-built by the Dutch). We started with the a rather curious trip round the laundry of Fort Kochi which used to wash all of the military clothing. We've still no idea why we wnt round it but it was quite interesting to see a traditional laundry still in working order - no washing machines and irons heated by coal! Our guide tried to make friends with Chloe by teasing her which she was not impressed by and made her cry!! After the laundry we went to the Roman Catholic Church that Vasco De Gama ... read more
The Laundry
Catch of the day
Slightly more appetising catch of the day

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi April 7th 2019

Another early start as we rose at 7am (or 2am in UK) for breakfast. Once again the hotel staff were remarkably attentive, to the extent we felt like we were the only ones in the hotel (this was actually probably true). Breakfast was a pretty disappointing affair which no one really touched before we headed off to the local airport for our 1 1/2 hour flight to Kochi with Indigo airways. We got to the Domestic airport and stood inline to be checked through before joining a gigantic queue to check in. It actually only took about 45 minutes in the end and then we went through to the gate. Everyone was a bit grouchy at this stage following 2 early mornings, a decent bout of jet lag and very little to eat. As we waited ... read more
The Pool at The Casino
Breakfast at the airport hotel
Breakfast at the airport hotel

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi August 12th 2018

It was very peaceful on the houseboat in Alleppey and we slept very well in the air conditioned room, in our sleeping bag liners under our mosquito net (the sheets were a little dubious...). Unfortunately there had been more rain overnight and the water level had risen noticeably. We were pleased to be leaving the area today. Breakfast was amazing. Chef had made us sweet coconut dosa, fresh pineapple, toast and traditional igli. We sailed back to the mainland for a 9am finish. We were picked up by our tuk tuk driver and taken to Cochi (our original plan had been a bus or train but being a Sunday there weren’t any running at the right time). The advantage of this method of transport was that we went along the coastal road as oppose to the ... read more
Chinese fishing nets
Cochi - street goats
Chinese fishing nets

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi March 13th 2018

Kerala port of entry: Cochin aka Kochi– day 4-7 Airport security is high, an armed man checks you have a ticket at the door and looks at all your passports & faces, no ticket no entry. Queuing & check-in is quicker in Delhi than Sydney international airport, although I expected as much volume in Delhi domestic terminal. Vistara airline premium economy very nice, booked cause that’s what was available. No inflight entertainment so kids on own devices, they were pretty good but air hostess did notice how “alive” they were! Vege food all good, pre ordered but in hindsight I don’t think I had to. Nice to see sunrise from way up in the clouds, 5yo was amazed. 3 hours later: hello Kochi. Got the hotel to pick us up as I could see it was ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi February 25th 2018

20th Jan Cochin - Kochin.. How ever you wana spell it.. It's actually pronounced Kochi/Cochi :) So i wake up and the German girl opposite me said.. 'You were sat up at the bottom of your bed last night' Omgggg.. Flasssshhhh Baaaack.. I sort of slept walked, well, when i do that weird thing, when i wake up, spin myself out for a bit and sit up, but i’m not sure what i was doing at the bottom of the bed.. hahaha. I havent done this in such a long time, i think the last time was when i thought there was a dog in mine and Joe's room.. hahahah!! Had a look around the hostel, its soo nice, a huge big white house, with loads of floors, loads of plants and trees, so clean, loads ... read more
Chinese fishing nets
Tuk Tuk
The bus to Cherai Beach

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi January 20th 2018

Woolly says – Our last day in Kochi arrived with the sun blazing in, a slow get up and the need to pack everything back into the bags, it never ceases to amaze me how much mess can suddenly disappear into two backpacks and three rucksacks, but it does. A breakfast of boiled egg and toast hit the mark well and we set off to amble around the fort town for the last time. Fort Kochi has little left and is now more about the small town rather than the fort itself, the Fort was built in 1538 as a Portuguese settlement and remained in their possession until 1683, when the Dutch colonial troops captured the territory and destroyed the Portuguese institutions. The Dutch held the fort in their possession until 1795, when the British took ... read more
Street goat
Street art
Candlelight Procession

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi January 18th 2018

Woolly says – Our journey from Madurai took around nine hours, it just seemed like a lifetime. Having been unsuccessful in procuring train tickets we had our first bus journey to look forward to. Climbing on board and finding our seats was the easy part, the lack of space, even with legs as small as mine and Jo’s, once the seats were reclined, was small, it also meant that the person who was reclining towards you had their head nearly on your lap. It was a long night as we went over huge bumps in the road at speed nearly jolting my tusks out of place, listening to the constant barrage of honking and blaring horns in between the snores from the gent in front of us. Our arrival in Kochi at six in the morning ... read more
Pond next to the Palace
Elephant at rest
Chinese Fishing Nets

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi November 14th 2017

I booked the Crowne Plaza Kochi hotel thinking I had picked free cancellation option - for 3 nights over the Christmas period - apparently I was sorely mistaken. Unfortunately I had to book 2 rooms as there are no family suites which is why I was looking for free cancellation option. Now that I have found something else that suits our needs better with young children, I have tried to cancel but am being hit with not 1 but 2 cancellation fees. Both rooms x1 night. I selected the waive option in booking.com to no avail. I have also contacted the hotel via booking.com explaining my mistake and offering to pay for 1 room for the first night. No dice. It's like as if it's not peak holiday season & they won't be able to re-sell ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi November 1st 2017

After a short flight from Colombo we are back in India in Kerala State , Cochi which is an old Portuguese town. The airport is in the new commercial part but we are picked up by "Reggie" and taken to Fort Cochi which is the old port and Old Harbour Hotel which is a lovely old colonial building. We are here for one night but then back in 6 days for another night and then to Bangaram Is for 4 nights and back to hotel again. We are quite keen to have a drink and the hotel has beer and Indian wine but we decide to go out to find a wee bar. We pretty quickly find out that there is no such thing and in fact there is only one government wine shop (wine shop ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi October 1st 2017

Day 13 & 14: Ooty & Cochin 30 September - 1 October 2017 After breakfast, we left Ooty, and drove to Cochin (a journey of about 300 km/ 7 hrs drive approx). The commercial capital of Kerala and the most cosmopolitan of the state’s cities, Cochin or Kochi have long been eulogized in tourist literature as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. Strategically located on the east–west sea route, Cochin is Kerala’s major port, boasting of one of the finest natural harbours in the world, which forms the hub around which the city revolves. With its wealth of historical associations and its setting on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsula, the city of Kochi perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. Apart from being a major commercial hub, Kochi is also a major tourist attraction in ... read more
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