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Kicking back in Kochi

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So I grabbed the train from Kollam up to Ernakulum, which is the main station for Kochi. I hung out the doors most of the journey, the coolest place to be!! I had a nice chat to a local guy about cricket for most of the way, so the 3 hours or so passed quickly! I got a tuk-tuk to the ferry jetty (INR 20) and then the boat over to Kochi Fort. The town has a beautiful setting, there are juts of headlands all around and Kochi Fort is one. You can get there by road, but it takes about an hour in traffic, where as the little boats that run across the harbour take 20 minutes and give a completely different view and experience. And a bargain at INR 3! The jetty in Fort is on the opposite side of the headland to the old town, so another tuk-tuk wizzed me over there (INR 10).

Chinese fishing nets...
I had a few places in mind to view, but the place the driver took me to (Orion Residency) was a great place with spanking new rooms - TV, air-con, balcony and large bathroom for INR950/night - I thought it was perfect as Vicks was about to arrive and we needed somewhere comfortable to charge our batteries ready for the race!

I spent the day wandering the historical old town which still has a lot of the old colonial Dutch buildings. The main sight are the Chinese fishing nets, which are still used to haul the catch in, and you can get the fish cooked right there just as it comes in off the water - great if you love fish (I don't, I hate the stuff!!). Dinner was spent at Dal Roti, a fantastic restaurant, which became my home for the next few days. The owner is ultra-friendly and even better is the awesome food. The thali was a killer (INR 120) - definitely recommended!

So tomorrow Vicky arrives and its all focus on the mighty Rickshaw Run! Yeehah!

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Chinese fishing nets...
Chinese fishing nets...
...and at sunset
...and at sunset
Kochi
photo by: Stevie_Wes