Day one First of all if you are travelling to Kumarakom or Kochi, you should know two things:
1) No direct flight from metropolitan cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and more.
2) Long lay over flights are your only mate, you have to bear with it. I was traveling from Kolkata so I took a flight to Chennai and from Chennai again to Cochin.
It was hectic and boring but the dullness vanished as soon as I stepped into Cochin International Airport. The airport definitely gives u an impression that you are already inside the state of backwaters. I reached Cochin around 7 in the evening and chosen Quality Airport Hotel for my stay.I had a comfortable stay at the Quality hotel and a wonderful breakfast in the morning.
The hotel is just five minutes away from the airport and thus making your transit stay very convenient. Its a luxurious budget hotel!! Yes, you have heard me right.. Luxurious budget hotel. The room tariff won't dig a hole in your pocket and at the same time, you will get good posh rooms. The hotel is having 22 well-furnished rooms and well-decorated too. You get complimentary breakfast for two on a double occupancy room. I loved two things at the hotel
1) It has got a beautiful swimming pool. My bad luck, I did visit during winter, though Cochin had temperature rising upto 30 degrees but still I did not plunge into the pool.
2) The transparent glass elevator. While coming down, I could see the pool from the lift and its pleasant. They provide you with good amount of choices for breakfast too and the restaurant is spacious even. In my personal opinion, its a great place to stay over within your budget.
The room tariff is around Rs 3500 inclusive of taxes on double room. And if you are traveling to Fort kochi like I did, they will charge you another Rs 1400 for 55 Kms and bonus its an AC car.
Lots of more information about kochi and my day two and day three at kochi will be up on blog soon and videos too.