They say the gateway to Kerala is Kochi (Cochin) and from there itself one gets to feel the Kerala vibes. Kochi, is today a pilgrimage site for art. Nowhere in India would you find such 'giant fishing nets' from China or a 400-year old Jewish synagogue. I will tell you what you can do in a day while you are in Kochi.
Every day at 5pm, you get to watch "Kathakali", the signature dance form of Kerala, at the Kerala Kathakali Center. Other than this, Kochi hosts the largest and most anticipated celebration of contemporary art in South Asia - The Kochi Muziris Biennale. A total of 97 artists from 31 countries, including 36 Indians showcasing their creative oeuvre at the biennale, is a feast for the eyes. This year, the show will continue to run till 23 March (2017). The lineup is a mixture of style, disciplines, and sensibilities with writers, dancers, sculptors, musicians and theatre professionals sharing the biennale space alongside a host of visual artists.
I had already done my homework, so I had booked my accommodation at Happy Camper even before I stepped my foot out. I always try to find the cheapest mode of transportation while I travel and thus, without further ado, on 5 th feb I boarded the Kanyakumari express from Bengaluru to Kochi. I reached at around 7:30 in the morning and walked a little to board a state bus and reached my hostel in merely 15rs. Soon I had befriended Charlie, Zoi, Jack and many other solo travelers.