Look and see - Cochin and around
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'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.
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.
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