So this trip had two reasons - A friend's wedding and bringing in my birthday.I had been creating my checklist for months and finally the day had arrived to tick them all. Our family was apprehensive of visiting here as we were travelling a few months after the floods had hit the state - in the month of December. But we traveled anyway.
We landed a night before the wedding celebrations to settle in and soak in the local culture. The ride from the airport to our hotel in Kochi was approximately an hour. Not once did it feel that the state was hit with such devastating floods. It all seemed like normal.
First stop: Kochi (Day 0)
We checked in at Hotel Sidra Pristine late evening. It is quite an affordable hotel and was within close proximity to the wedding venue.
We stepped out for dinner. Our first meal in the city was the Karimeen Fry followed by Raw mango fish curry with appams at Kettuvalam Restaurant. The Karimeen is a must try if you visit Kochi. This is more of a local place and not a fine dining restaurant - which means the food is tastier and cheaper.