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In the morning next day, we had to head back to Cochin for our flight back. It was a surreal experience with some of the best people in my life. I loved every minute of this trip to Kerela. We had Kerela food and it was finger-licking good. I was glad to go to a place that is not too crowded but is in arms of Mother Nature. It's indeed " God's Own Country".Happy readingToodlesShikha
To say it right now, you can feel Kerela right at the airport. God knows what it is. It’s the dress or the culture or the music. But you can feel it in the air. It’s the place of greenery, beauty and colours. We took our graduation trip to Kerela in February in a group of 5 people. Here’s a small tribute to the place that brings the "traveller" in you.There are a few things I realised while touring Kerala.1) Road trip is the best idea. The state is so well lined with greenery and landscape that its totally worth it.2) People say that it's difficult to find North Indian food. WRONG. With such an influx of tourists, one can now find all kinds of food available and it's quite affordable.3) Locals are very cooperative. Whatever might be the issue be it finding the right food or hotel, please ask the locals. They are always ready to guide the tourists.4) Carry some cash. A lot of places do not do online transactions.5) Carry extra empty bags, you will need them when you shop. Things can be found in places they are manufactured and you will buy a lot. Its high quality and affordable. TRUST ME!!6) Carry some jackets cause the weather can vary a lot more importantly in the hills.HOW WE BOOKED OUR TRIPwe booked the entire 5 day package online. If you go and search online you will find there are multiple travel agencies that will arrange this for you. The more the number of people, the cheaper it will cost you. They will arrange the hotels(including breakfasts) , car for travel with driver and they will plan the entire trip and share it with you. For us the cost was 45000 for 5 people for entire trip.And it begins...The driver was there to receive us early morning. The airport of Cochin is around 3 km from the main city. Once you enter the city it's the greenery and beauty that will enchant you. The Ayurvedic stores come into the sight, you see craft-works and South Indian hotels pop up along side of the road.We looked about the city. We went around to local markets, roamed about the city gorging to Kerala food and visited the Kochi port. And then it was time to leave for Munnar. By road it takes about 4 hours to reach Munnar from Cochin.
Come along with me to Kochi to meet the couple behind Kochi’s Sree Balaji Coffee House. Bringing about a change that is styled to travel more, Vijayan and Mohanna have travelled to 23 countries, by just selling tea! #StyleYourChange
The day to explore the famous “Kochi-Muziris Biennale- 2018”. It is an international exhibition of contemporary art that is held once in every two years in Kochi for a period of around four months (12th Dec 2018 to 29th March 2019). This year’s theme was ‘Possibilities of a non-alienated life’ curated by Anita Dube, spread across almost 10 destinations at Fort Kochi. We had a quick breakfast of Idli and Sambhar at hotel Ceylon for Rs. 110 in the city and then we headed straight to ‘Aspinwall House’- to purchase the Biennale ticket and start our explorations. One ticket is for Rs. 100 and you can start your journey from the same place as well. So, once you enter the Aspinwall house exhibition area, you might get confused. But don’t worry, all you need to do is keep on walking till you are able to find the stalls selling some of the Biennale’s souvenirs. There, you can get a map of the entire exhibition places along with their floor plans. The map is at a nominal cost of Rs. 10 (as a donation) and is pretty self-explanatory (especially for people like us who love reading maps). But hey! How can you move on just by picking up the map. Atleast we couldn’t. We purchased few Biennale souvenirs like a T-Shirt and Chekutty dolls (Rs. 25 each) for our friends (Chekutty dolls are an upcycle product made from Chendamangalam handloom sarees that were destroyed during the Kerala Floods – so they are kind of a mascot of emerging Kerala). We spent a total of Rs. 810 on these small souvenirs.
Day 1: Morning 10 AM boarding process for you (the tourist) starts. After all the tourists have boarded the ship, the local people board the ship. The ship starts sailing in the evening from Kochi around 5 or 6 PM after all boarding formalities are completed by the Ship Captain. Sumptuous lunch and dinner are served to you on board.Day 2: Ship arrives at the first island, according to the schedule. You can disembark after breakfast on the island, where you are welcomed with beverages, for water sports and other activities. After the super fun and tiring water sport activities, lunch is being served to you at the resort on the island. For your entertainment, the resort also offers some local folk-dance show after lunch. At around 4 or 5 PM in the evening, you can enjoy some tea and head back to ship and sail ahead to the next island. Dinner is served on board.Day 3: Ship arrives at the second island. While the rest of the itinerary is similar to the previous day, the activities are different and so is the experience.Day 4: Ship arrives on the third island. (Rest is same as above)Day 5: Ship reaches back to the shore of Kochi in the morning. First, the local people disembark and then you can disembark. A quick tip before you disembark - visit the captain’s cabin on last day to view the ship’s equipment. The disembarkation process ends around 12 or 1 PM.
cochin is considered as queen of Arabian sea because of trade business associated with its port. We caught Alleppey express from Chennai on Friday night and reached Cochin by 8 a.m next morning. The first thing you need to do after reaching Cochin is enjoying its breakfast i.e. kadala curry with pottu or parantha (idli type formation with coconut in pottu and kadala curry is chickpeas curry in Kerala style).Next, we went to see st. Francis church in fort Kochi. It was established in the 15th century originally but renovated again in the 17th century. This is the place where Vasco da gama was first buried in the 17th century.
Exactly one year back I had the opportunity to visit a beautiful coastal city in Kerala named Kochi. I instantly liked the city the moment I landed. The clear sky and the greenery was exactly what I needed after endless nights of writing a paper. The airport is little far from the city, therefore, the cab charges can be a bit much.The purpose of the visit was to present a paper at the conference and I regretted the decision of not staying at least a day more. In the given time I could only visit Marine Drive, Fort Kochi, Spices Market and the famous Paragon restaurant in the Lulu Mall.
It was the day that we waited for a long time. We waited almost 6 months to attend this wedding in Kerala, or should I say that my friend Mittali was invited to her friends wedding and I just got lucky.After arriving in Kochi, the city where our adventures of a lifetime begun, it was the 2nd day in Kerala and the day we attend the South Indian wedding. That day, we woke up early as there were a couple of things that we had to take care of before heading towards the wedding venue.It was around 7 AM, Mittali had to find a place to get dressed in a South Indian outfit, after all it was her friend's wedding in Kerala. After wandering for almost half an hour around places nearby we came to know the fact that the shops here do not open that early. Luckily, we found a salon that was going to be opened by 9 30 am. Since there was a lot of time, we couldn't find any other option than to head back to our hotel and come back at 9 30 AM. Well, we're hungry so we had this amazing breakfast at Yas restaurant (near to Indian coffee house) which included Dosa, Uppam with egg curry, and fresh Watermelon and Orange juice.After getting back to our hotel, the time was now for myself to get dressed up in Indian traditional wear before we left for the salon and then for the wedding which was about to start at 10 30 AM. We packed our luggage and checked out of the Hotel at 9 15 AM hoping the Salon is open. Well, it was open and it took almost an hour for my friend to turn south Indian :p in her south Indian outfit. She looked beautiful <3. By 10 30 AM we took an auto ride towards the wedding destination, The Centre hotel. We reached on time right before the wedding started. It was at this time that we got to know that the bride (our friend) was indeed getting married to a south Indian actor, Sreejith vijay. Slowly the crowd begun to increase and the number cameramen too, after all this was an Actor's wedding and there had to be news channels to cover this function. We entered the venue and unlike the north Indian weddings that takes ages to complete, we the south Indian weddings are short and are done in a matter of few hours. The wedding function started in the Ashoka hall of the center Hotels with the Bride arriving to the stage and followed by the groom. The rituals were performed and soon the couple was married. The function was then followed by an amazing dance performance by Archana's friends and family which was really fun to watch and we enjoyed those moments.We met the couple and greeted them for getting married. It was now the time for us to have the authentic south Indian wedding food which was arranged on the floor right above the wedding hall. The food was being served on banana leaves and this was something that we were most excited about in this wedding as we never had food on a banana leaves.There were many rows of table, all set with Banana leaves and a few starter items. We took a corner seat and in matter of few minutes main course food was served.The wedding went pretty well and we got to experience something new and different. We learnt how in south India people celebrate happiness and enjoy the festival like this wedding.We stayed at the wedding till 3 pm after which we took a cab to our next destination, Alleppey.
An overnight stay in Thekkady. Next day with a bit relaxed feeling, we checked out from the hotel bit late and drove to Cochin. As we had a late night flight, we had some time in hand to explore Cochin too. We reached Cochin in the late noon and visited Cochin Port. It is one of the most important natural ports in India. It is situated on Willingdon Island, just 20km from the direct Middle East to Far East sea-route. It has the most strategic geographic proximity to major marine sea routes. The port of Kochi is an all weather port and is one of the least congested in India. It is also the first Indian e-port, optimizing operations through electronic equipment.