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Apr 15, 2013 - Cochin, India

Our first venture into India started in the southern port city of Conchin. I have been told India was a crowded country with rampant poverty with street beggars in numbers too large to count, but I must say, that must still be ahead of us as we make our way north to Mumbai in the next few days. There were folks selling trinkets at most stops the tours made, but very few actual beggars. We spent our first afternoon in Conchin getting to know the city by taking a “highlights” tour. Cochin was known for several thousand years as a spice port,...

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Jan 26, 2013 - Kerala - The Arabian Sea

We left early the next day and flew to Cochin in the southern state of Kerala along the Arabian Sea. We stayed in the Taj Malabar, with a beautiful waterside view. Cochin sits at the mouth of a long bay dotted with islands, a harbor which was created by extraordinary floods in 1341 and more recently dredged as a deep sea port by the British. Christianity has its earliest roots here, since 57 AD when Thomas the Apostle arrived and founded three churches. On our drive to the hotel, we saw a pretty typical event. We stopped for a red light,...

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India & Burma, 2013

Jan 15, 2012 - Kochi

We left Kathmandu mid-morning and arrived at Delhi airport a little over an hour later. From there it was a short layover, and another 3 or 4 hours to Kochi in southern India. In the span of a day we went from the cold of the Nepali Himalaya to the heat of the tropics, and it was quite a shift to go through. Our flight out of Kathmandu was delayed a couple hours, and it was in general a long travel day, but somehow it just flew by without any issues and we were both surprised by the ease of it all. Suddenly, we were packing away our shoes...

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Amy & Adam in Asia

Jan 2, 2012 - Flying Prawns

This morning we met at 830 for our group meeting. Breakfast was omelette, toast and Tetley tea! The other four in our group joined us - they had already done a two week trip in north India so were grateful for some heat! A woman from Cambridge and a family from Sydney - the girl is 11. After a run through of our trip, which has changed slightly from the itinerary online, we left at 930 for our sightseeing in Kochi. It is hot and sunny again today. We walked from the hotel via the coast and Chinese fishing nets passing the fish Market...

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Nov 4, 2011 - We are in Fort Kochi (Cochin) Kerala

Hi everyone, We arrived in Kochi yesterday and are exploring and relaing in equal measures. This is a great town, a tiny bit more expensive but shopping about for food and beer is always fun. We visited a spice market today and saw how they prepare ginger (pics to follow) and wandered around, had a beer and some food. There is a big playing field where all the local lads play football, cricket and hockey, I'm going to see if I can get a game tomorrow look great fun and the lcals love it when you join in, especially where the catch you in...

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Asian Adventure 2011

Feb 5, 2011 - Kochi, special tea, fishing nets and Kathakali

As we get off the plane in Kochi on the 5th Feb the heat is 38 degrees and you get hit with a wall of heat, however after a 3.5 hour flight we still have a 1.5 hour road trip before we arrive at the amazing Baby's Home Stay. Anyone who has been to India will know what I mean when I say everything works as it should. Walter and Baby who run the Homestay are lovely and we feel looked after. Unfortunately we have to leave baby's after 2 days to go to another Homestay in Kochi no hot water, and rather grubby room. Not happy bunnies. Kochi is...

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Where's Jolly?

Jan 13, 2011 - Cochin (Kochi)

Wir waren gut in Kerala gelandet, als uns die bisherher nicht gefuehlte tropische Luftfeuchte den Atem wegschnappte. Gruenes Land, einer der ersten von Europaeern "entdeckten" Orte, genauer gesagt bereits von den Portugiesen im auslaufenden 15. Jahrhundert. Heute eine Talentschmiede mit -fuer die hier ansaessige Wirtschaft- unglaublich schmerzthaften Braindrain, der gut ausgebildeten Jugend, die zu Zehntausenden nach Schulabschluss das Land in Richtung der reichen Golfstaaten und deren um ein Vielfaches hoeheren Gehaeltern verlaesst. Kerala...

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Dec 13, 2010 - Cochin

Mon Dec 13 I am sitting at the desk in our hotel suite overlooking the Cochin harbor. We just returned from a sunset cruise where we saw the many buildings lining the harbor, ferries, fishing boats, and the Chinese nets which are an old style of fishing along the shore. It is interesting to note that the boats in the harbor seem to come as close to hitting one another as the vehicles on the road. I guess that when you live in a crowded country your personal safety zone is smaller. Today is our last full day in India. We toured this part of...

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Nov 16, 2010 - Cochin, India

Fact about India: Our guide in Mumbai pointed out to us that as we move farther south in India on our voyage… we will notice that the skin color of the people will get darker. She was right! Observation about India: The security level in India is pretty high! We were greeted by armed guards at the end of the gangway as we arrived in each Indian Port, had to show our papers (a different colored landing card for every port) and no photos allowed on the dock… Yesterday the ship stopped in Mangalore, India … we passed on the sightseeing...

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Jun 5, 2010 - Fort Cochin

We woke up nice and early to go for a leisurely paddle in the canoe along the backwaters which was really nice. We jumped on a power boat to meet the bus, then it was good bye time for the tour. I am sharing a room with Hannah (Scottish chicky) in a little hostel/homestay for about $4 each :) We went for dinner and it was lovely but other Bec and I got sick... really sick... enough said.

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Bec's Adventure 2010

May 23, 2010 - Cochin

We arrived in Cochin now which is about 35 degrees with 98 % humidity, so still crazy hot, but a different kind. I got a taxi to so a screaming tour of Delhi before we had to go to the airport. It was great because we got to see some of the really nice areas and not just rhe rubble from old Delhi! When we got to Cochin I went for a wander along the water front and it reminded me of the Mindill Beach markets! They had food and trinkets and really old traditional Chinese fishing nets. We saw the sunset there over the waer and then went to a...

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Bec's Adventure 2010

May 23, 2010 - Cochin

This morning we headed out to do a walking tour of Fort Cochin. We started at the Chinese fishing nets and had a go at pulling them out of the water, heavy! We saw the happiest kitty in the world... He lives on the water and was sitting beside a big pile of fish :) we went to the old Catholic church from the 1500s and then to the Jewish Synagogue, where there was some pretty cool shopping. We then got the ferry across to Ernakullum for an amazing traditional Thali lunch where we ate off banana leaves with our right hand... And it was...

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Bec's Adventure 2010

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