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Jun 18, 2009 - High Court of Kerala at Cochin

Route: Bangalore - Salem - Coimbatore - Palakkad - Thrissur - Kochi Distance covered: 528 Kms. Place of Stay on 17.06.2009: Hotel Sealord, Shanmugham Road I had no idea that this would be the most difficult patch of my journey as far as my taste buds are concerned. I was practically starving but the worst part was witnessing my friends gobbling down one food after another while I was sipping the water to fill up my stomach. My friends tried hard to convince me to have whatever was available but comeon I can't have tomato curry cooked in...

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May 5, 2009 - Kochi (Cochin) - Kathakali performance

We had the chance to see a Kathakali performance while in Fort Cochin - an Indian dance/drama which originated in Kerala. The performers (all male) act out scenes relating to the Hindu gods, with very precise movements and exaggerated facial expressions. There is also drumming and singing to add to the drama! The audience is invited to watch the performers put on their elaborate make-up - it was amazing to see their transformation before our eyes.

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May 4, 2009 - Cochin, India

Kochi (Cochin) was one of our favorite Indian cities. It is the commercial capital of Kerala, and has a population of about 2 million. John's younger brother and family live here, and we had one amazing dinner in their home. We spent two nights in Kochi, taking a full day to explore the old city via a boat tour. Kochi, and much of Kerala state, is built around the water. Ferries run between different parts of the city, creating several waterfront centers. Kochi also has a historic "Jew Town," an ancient Jewish community that has mostly...

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Apr 27, 2009 - Cochin,India

After four very lazy and relaxing days at sea , we arrived in Cochin at 6:30 this morning . The Silver Whisper docked in a cargo area of the port . We were told that the normal berth was not available but we suspect that it was because the security was better at this location . There are a large number of shipping containers at this site and a great deal of activity . Also armed Indian military were evident dockside . However,we never did feel in the least bit threatened . Indian immigration went quickly as we had filled out our landing...

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Apr 2, 2009 - Visit to Majarajah's Hill Palace in Thripunitra

Braving the sweltering humidity, today I hopped in an auto rickshaw and took a ride out of Ernakulam, the part of Kochi where I am staying, to the nearby town of Thripunitra. In Thripunitra I visited the Hill Palace, which was one of the former royal family of Kochi's royal residences until the death of the last maharajah. The palace has a large garden in front of it, and the palace itself houses an eclectic collection of furniture, art, carriages, weapons and other items which formerly belonged to the Kochi royal family. During my tour of...

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Apr 1, 2009 - Visit to Mattancherry & Fort Cochin in Kochi

It is 5 o'clock in the afternoon. I'm writing this entry from one of the internet kiosks in the lobby of our hotel here in Kochi. Tonight we are going to a performance of kathakali, Kerala's renown classical dance drama, so the day is still far from over. Since I have a few minutes, however, it makes sense to quickly summarize today's events through now. This morning I started out with the group from my overland tour on a boat cruise to both Fort Cochin and Mattancherry, but I left the group at our first stop in Mattancherry as the tour...

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Mar 31, 2009 - En Route to Kerala

It is around 9 in the evening, and i'm writing this entry from my hotel room here in Kerala. It has been a long day on the road. We left Ooty and the Nilgiri Hills this morning and spent much of the day driving south toward the state of Kerala. As we neared the city of Kochi, Kerala's capital and the region's economic hub, I found myself shocked at the high levels of economic development. Construction seemed to be going on everywhere I looked! Huge billboards advertised luxury condominium and apartment projects, and Blackberry...

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Feb 14, 2009 - Valentines in Fort Cochin

Another train and another town, brought us to the delightful little town of Fort Cochin. The former Dutch and British influence here has left Cochin with a very European feel even today. Christianity still has a hold over the town too, with even the Tourist Board reminding us with plentiful signs that we are in "God's Own Country:, Kerala. Cochin itself is just nice for strolling around and pocking about in ll the little book shops and art shops. Also plenty of little cafes down the backstreets. We managed to find one that sold the most...

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Jan 16, 2009 - On Part 2 of Our Trip

We left the Beach and Lake Resort on January 16 and travelled to Allepey, a town about 3 hours away. In Allepey, we stayed in a home stay guest house with a very nice family and on our one day there following our arrival we took a houseboat on the Backwaters which is whole bunch of canals, lakes and other internal waterways. We got some great pictures and had a very enjoyable time.

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Jan 5, 2009 - Cochin-Kochi

Bus up the coast was short and sweet, altho I ended up standing most of the way but for just an hour ride it was easy. Off bus to go to Kochi Fort...tuk tuk dropped us off in the midst of the main tourist area. This is more to our liking, much more laid back, walkable even tho very very touristed...after checking several guesthouses/hotels we found Park Hotel where we had a choice of 400 r. (no windows, but wide dbl bed) or 600 r. (window/balcony and narrow dbl bed). We took the 600 r. option and also signed up for the river tour tomor,...

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Dec 23, 2008 - Kochi and the houseboat

Continuing from 12/24... In the afternoon, we stopped at another village - Moncombu. This village is Hindu and many of the village homes are built in the traditional Kerala style - some 200-300 years old. For Xmas eve, our crew made us a special dinner with a traditional Kerala Xmas cake ...Happy Xmas!! They also had fireworks - a couple of bottle rockets and sparklers. During the evening, we watched fireworks in the distant villages along the river which is traditional for Christmas eve. 12/25 - Christmas Day- We wake up and our boat...

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Dec 2, 2008 - Kerala

Namaste from Cochin, Kerala. We arrived a few days ago and realized right away that we liked it here. It's a sea town with a colonial and artsy feel. Matt says he can picture pirates, brigands and privateers making their homes here at one time (dork). So far we've walked and walked up and down alleyways, had an ayervedic massage (during which blasted shrill indian R & B), seen an old dutch cemetary, explored a giant old church and a catholic basilica, walked the sea walk and watched fishermen fish with old fashioned chinese fishing nets,...

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