After working continuously for months, we were looking for a refreshing trip, preferably a beach holiday. There were many options Goa, Andaman Nicobar, Mumbai, etc. but we finalized Kerala , a perfect beach holiday destination for our trip and 5th wedding anniversary celebration. So, flight tickets to Kochi were booked in advance, did research for a Kerala holiday package providers and finalized one of them. It was a three days trip only to Kochi (also known as Cochin), Munnar and Alleppey.
On 3rd October, 2014 we boarded our Indigo flight to Kochi at 6:30 am from Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi and reached Kochi at around 9:30 am. We were looking for our taxi driver from the travel company, holding our name plate but no one was there. Weather in Kochi was burning hot and Mr. Driver arrived after half and hour and cherry on the cake was neither he could speak English nor Hindi, only Malyalam. God know s how we managed to communicate with him. It is a long 2-3 hours journey from Kochi airport to city. It was green and green everywhere. Coconut trees, water bodies, boats, beautiful houses welcome you to God’ own country Kerala.
We reached our hotel Millenium Continental at 12:30 pm and after getting fresh headed towards Marine Drive, Fort Kochi and Cherai Beach. Due to Dussehra holidays and ongoing metro site construction, the city was jam packed with tourists and there was lot of traffic even during mid hours of day. There was no space for parking at Marine Drive so Mr. Driver suggested to visit Fort Kochi first and visit Marne Drive on way back. But situation was not too much good there also. We had to wait for one hour in long queue for our turn to get into ferry to reach Fort Kochi beach. Fort Kochi or Old Kochi is situated across the other side of the city and one has to cross Arabian Sea to reach there whether on foot or on vehicles. Yes, even vehicles cars, mini buses, small trcuks, cycles, bikes etc all are ferried through boats to reach Fort Kochi. We were amazed to see our car riding on a boat.
Fort Kochi is famous for its Shipping Port, Spice Town, Sea Food and Chinese Fishing Nets. You can enjoy Keralan snacks at road side vendors. do try spicey pineapple and egg pakoda. The beach was not quite clean and water was dirty, oily and black in color due to sailing of ships. I was thinking about the ill-fate of sea creatures who had to survive under polluted water. Poor things!!! Not so happy with the beach we returned to the spice market, enjoyed biryani at road side shacks.
One thing I loved about Kochi was there are many small and big cathedrals and churches. I clicked this cute cathedral on our way.
It was already too late for us and we rushed to Cherai Beach which was another 25 kms away from the city. The surroundings till Cherai were more beautiful and lush green. It is a custom in Kerala not take your footwear inside homes, you need to remove your shoes outside, an example of culture and cleanliness. I really loved designs of houses with slopy roofs, big courtyards and banana trees and wish I had one dream home in Kerala. By the time we reached Cherai beach, the sun had started dipping in the ocean. It was so beautiful, I don’t have words to explain. Big waves roaring every now and then. Thank God water was clean here. Cool wind blows through your hair and a wave of happy shiver runs across your body. We were screaming, playing, running and clicking photos in waves. we stayed there till it got dark and as it started raining we started our journey back to the hotel at Kochi.
Kerala is a paradise for sea food lovers and non vegetarians. Fish and rice is staple food of the state but if you are a vegetarian, it may be little difficult for you find variety of veg food. Same was the case with me. With only one vegetarian dish in dinner menu at hotel, we decided to look around for some other options and only ended at the Food Court of a nearby Mall. The initial idea was to roam around after dinner but since we had to leave early next morning for Munnar and it was already late we went back to hotel and retired to bed.