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Trip through the backwater village canals.

'Twas an early morning for me today... 7 am wake up (damn early for me). Got my weary rear ready and promptly reached the travel agent guy. He set up the first day tour for me starting 9 am. This was a 3 hour or so boat ride through the backwater canals in one of the villages south of Cochin (near Kumarakom). The canal wasn't like any river backwaters I had done any cruise on before in Kerala. These were irrigation canals, about 4 feet deep and maybe 7-10 feet wide only and with vegetation, farms, houses all around. However it was a very gentle peaceful ride through the slow waters, with the guide telling us miscellany about the vegetation that grows around, the farming and other such mundane daily things in a villager's life.

Quite interesting for an urban yuppie. I saw tonnes of coconut, banana and bettlenut ("supari") trees. Many wild pineapple and pineapple shrubs lining the canals. Also saw how mats are made from wild pineapple leaf strips, and how coconut coir is obtained and processed into ropes et al. And there was the occasional kingfisher, water snake and pretty flowers (water lilies, hibiscus) to keep us interested and looking around avidly.

On return I managed to grab a quick lunch of "mutton roghan josh" (ultra spicy but not great) and kerala parota, and set off for the boat cruise around Cochin harbor.

Managed to reach on time at 14:00 to the boat jetty, only to find out that the tour boat was famously late. Boarded the boat finally at 14:30 when it arrived and it took us on a peaceful 25-30 min ride to "Jew town, Cochin" travelling close to the harbor/port.

Cochin's M.G.Road at night.
Jew town is a quaint old locality with a whole bunch of shops selling touristy stuff, handicrafts and expensive antiques. "Dutch palace" located here is an old small building gifted to the then king, and painted on the insides with scenes from the 'Ramayana'. There is also an old synagogue to be seen in the vicinity. Followed by a short boat ride that showed us the mouth of the river (meeting the Arabian sea) and the "chinese fishing nets", reached dry land sound and safe.

Found meself a better room, and after shifting to the newer room, was time to look around and find another nice place to have an epicurious delight on some more Kerala food in the evening. Roamed aroung on M.G.Road for a while and found a nice place where I ate some excellent Kerala special freshwater fish "karimeen" with equally nice "appam" and "idiappam".

Couldn't wait to get up the next morning and set off to Kavaratti island!! Farewell Cochin.. for a few days atleast.

-- Ashish Bhambhani
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Trip through the backwater village…
Trip through the backwater villag…
Cochins M.G.Road at night.
Cochin's M.G.Road at night.
Karimeen and Appam.
Karimeen and Appam.
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"Wild Pineapple"
The Cochin Port Authoritys office.
The Cochin Port Authority's office.
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