Arrival in Fort Cochin
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We started our Kerala adventures in Fort Cochin, the oldest part of Cochin, or Kochi as it is also known. We flew here from London Heathrow with Etihad via Abu Dhabi – a reasonably comfortable and uneventful journey. In Kochi we were met as planned by the company's representative and ushered to a waiting car. The drive to our hotel in Fort Cochin took a bit over an hour and despite our tiredness was, as always in India, full of interest. Colourful local buses, some strikingly bright white churches, an elephant in a truck (en route, we were told, to a temple festival somewhere), beautiful light over the river as we crossed from new town to old …
Just the same, we were very glad to arrive at Killian's Boutique Hotel and be told that our request for an early check in had been honoured.
A first stroll in Fort Cochin
Killian's Boutique Hotel occupies an old colonial building near the waterfront on River Road, an excellent location for exploring the old part of the city. After checking in and a much-needed nap we set off for an afternoon stroll around our immediate neighbourhood to get our bearings and grab our first photos. As you might expect in India, we only had to walk a couple of yards to find lots of photo opps - a ferry arriving from the new city, Ernakulam, across the river, egrets and other birds perched on the famous Chinese fishing nets, men shoulder deep in the water, fully clothed (doing what? Fishing for something we assumed), amusing and/or colourful signs.
Kashi Art Café
After following the river for a short distance, along the aptly named River Road, we turned and made our way to a café I had heard good things about the Kashi Art Café.
On our first evening in Cochin we took a cruise around the harbour, the main purpose of which was to see the famed Chinese fishing nets at sunset. It was quite a relaxed low key outing, which suited us well after our long journey to get here. The tour lasted about 90 minutes, with the sunset the finale.
As the sun started to dip, our boat, and several others engaged the same activity, all turned towards the fishing nets near where we had started. My first thought was that they had left it too late, as this was one of those hazy sunsets when the sun disappears behind the clouds while still some way above the horizon. But in fact the pilot was spot on and we got a reasonable number of shots before the sun was lost to us.
Once the sun had gone we, and all the other boats, headed back to the quayside and there was some jostling for position before we were able to disembark.
Dinner at Killian's Boutique Hotel
After our sunset cruise on our first evening in Cochin we realised we were too weary from travelling to venture far for dinner, and having read some reasonable reviews of the restaurant here on our doorstep we decided it would suit our purpose well - which it did. Like everyone else dining there that evening we sat outside where fans kept the temperature just right - warm enough to be sure we were on holiday but not so hot we couldn't fancy eating. The chicken curry we chose, washed down with a couple of Kingfisher beers, just hit the spot, before an early night.