Two days affair with Kochi.. 

Tripoto
13th Jan 2017

Chinese fishing nets.. 

Photo of Two days affair with Kochi.. by Sheetal Goel

Yet another beautiful city explored on an impromptu official visit to India’s favourite tourist destination, Kerala. If someone wants to catch the glimpse of complete India at one place then Kerala it is. It has majestic mountain ranges, tea & coffee plantations, spice plantations, mystique backwaters, exquisite beaches, elephant training camps, wildlife and lot more. It’s a potpourri of all what nature has.

I went to Kochi in winters when weather was just awesome to explore this beautiful place. First day we had tight office schedule so in evening we just dig into the spice market also known as “the broadway market”. The overwhelming aroma of Indian spices filled the atmosphere that could be felt from a distance. The market was lined with shops offering core spices, individually as well as in mixture form like curry masala, idli masala, garam masala etc that made Kerala known world-over as “Land of spices”.

I shopped for spices like clove, pepper, cinnamon, cumin seed, etc. and also tea leaves, homemade chocolates, dried fruits (berries, kiwis, etc), banana chips, and tapioca chips and so on. We stopped shopping just because it was time to close the shop. We were last to exit. :-)

Shopping @ Spice Market..

Photo of Broadway Synagogue, Market Road, Kochi, Kerala, India by Sheetal Goel

Next day we somehow freed ourselves by 5 o’clock and went for sightseeing. I was damn curious to witness fishermen using fascinating ‘Chinese fishing nets’; so we headed straight towards 'Fort Kochi'. We reached there before sunset. The place had numerous street restaurants offering fresh seafood. It was truly a seafood lover’s paradise where fishermen caught fishes & crabs right in front of you. We enjoyed at beach for a while and saw sunset.

Seafood Street Restaurants

Photo of Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala, India by Sheetal Goel

Interesting decors @ Fort Kochi restaurants

Photo of Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala, India by Sheetal Goel
Photo of Chinese Fishing Nets, River Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala, India by Sheetal Goel
Photo of Two days affair with Kochi.. by Sheetal Goel
Photo of Fish Cemetery, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala, India by Sheetal Goel
Photo of Fort Kochi Beach, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala, India by Sheetal Goel

Our next destination was Subhash park and marine drive. We could see families, couples, friends hanging out in park and walking along marine drive. Place was well lit and maintained. After enjoying cool sea breeze for an hour we decided to enjoy Natural’s icecream and finally return to our hotel 'The Mercy (Ernakulam)'. Altogether, trip to Kochi was worth every penny. I couldn’t take my eyes off the window en route to the airport. The morning view of backwaters, chinese fishing nets, untouched natural beauty was so rejuvenating. I wish I never had to leave Kochi.

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