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NH 47 Bye Pass, Kochi, Kerala, India

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cheapish but nice hotel

by emmac82

hi

me and a friend will be travelling india in dec and want to find a cheapish hotel in kochi for 2 nights. any ideas?

Re: cheapish but nice hotel

by SANJOO

Hotel Seagull Fort Kochi
Rs 220-575 Tel: 0484-2217172

Re: cheapish but nice hotel

by cochinjew

Hotel Seagull is bit of a dump, it had its former glory days, I am sure. In december, cochin is well visited. Last year in december, I was unable to get my favourite hotel, Ballards Bungalow and had to stay at Casa Linda which was not that bad. I remember my friend Suresh the travel agent telling that he couldnt find a hotel for visitors and they had to be accomodated at hotels far from the town. If you are short on time, it is better to book. You can write to Densal at Ballards and he has three properties: ballards, casa Linda and one other just recently opened.

Re: cheapish but nice hotel

by Tina79

Hotel Yuvarani is really good. It is about 50 euros for a double bedded A/C room and is right in the city centre, really clean and well maintained and great service too..

Re: cheapish but nice hotel

by laney6

hi, i would recommend the hotel chiramel. i stayed there in march and i found it reasonablely priced{about £10 single}. the family who run it were very freindly and were very helpful.fort cochin is very interesting, i took the ferry to ernakulam , its a bit hectic but very interesting.
chiramel@rediff.com
good luck and have a great time.laney

Re: cheapish but nice hotel

by laney6

me again. sorry, didnt realise how many times i wrote very!i just loved the place!
laney

Travel Tips for Kochi

Be part of a movie or a soap opera

by cochinjew

Went for a walk. Towards the Bishop’s House. On the way they were shooting a Malayalam movie called The Boss, and we were walking up to the area and we were included in the set. A car is coming speeding up and the man who looks like BOSS was sitting there, he was rotund and fitted the part very well.
We had to repeat our original innocent walk of a tourist couple walking in a street in Cochin, there were autorikshaws, pedestrians and bicycles coming in the other direction. Knowing the Malayalee penchant for memory, in a couple of years time, people are going to greet me: hey I have seen you in that movie?

Kerala Cuisine at backwater trip

by cochinjew about Home of Mr Suresh, Tourist Land Operator

When you book a tour to the backwaters area, the lunch is included in the price, and i have seen bunch of tourists, sitting under the palm covered out door dining area, at the ancestral home of the owner in Vaikom, enjoying the dish The food is traditional Kerala food with its brown rice, pappadam, various vegetable curries and condiments and also fish that you can get from the sea. Keralites prefer fish from the sea rather than river fish

Kathakali in ernakulam

by mallyak

It is Kerala's very own, much celebrated dance drama. Kathakali evolved in the 8th century from 'Ramanattam' a dance drama created by Kottarakkara Thampuran, a great admirer and promoter of traditional art forms. Kathakali draws its theme from the wealth of Indian mythology and folklore. The performer is assisted by vocal and percussion accompaniments while the dancer through 'hasta mudras' or hand gestures expounds the theme. Expressions of face and eyes hold the key to perfection. Unique among the Indian dance forms, Kathakali ranks high among the Indian dance forms. Noted for its archaic costumes, weird make up, the elaborately painted faces often mistaken for masks and grand headgears, Kathakali is perhaps the only dance form in India in which the masculine aspect of the dance is preserved in its elemental vigor.

Some of the noted Kathakali centres in Kochi are India Foundation located at Kalathiparambil Road, near the Ernakulam Junction Railway station where the daily show begins at 6.45 p.m., the Cochin Cultural Centre situated at Manikath Road, behind Medical Trust Hospital where the daily show begins at 7 pm, Art Kerala situated at Kannanthodathu lane, Valanjambalam and one may also catch the exotic shows of the dance at Kerala Kathakali Centre functions at Fort Cochin near the Chinese Fishing Nets.

St Francis Church

by illumina

St Francis church was the first European church to be built in India, and was constructed inside Fort Kochi, probably the oldest European settlement. It was originally a wooden church (possibly dedicated to St Bartholomew), but was rebuilt in stone, presumably by the Franciscan friars who accompanied the Portuguese expedition, and was dedicated to St Anthony. It remained in the order of St Francis until the Dutch captured Fort Kochi in 1663 - they demolished all the Catholic churches but the cathedral and this one which they reconditioned and converted into their government church. They were allowed to keep it by the British, who took Kochi in 1795 and it was again renovated during 1779, but it was voluntarily surrendered in 1804 to the Anglican Communion. Presumably it was renamed after the current patron saint during the latter half of the nineteenth century. At present it has been taken over by the Church of South India.

Vasco da Gama, died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon. The gravestone of Vasco da Gama can apparently still be seen here (although we couldn't find it, sadly). The gravestones of the Portuguese and the Dutch that were removed from the floor of the nave have been fixed respectively over the north and south side walls of the church. The earliest Portuguese epitaph here dates to 1562 and that of the Dutch to 1664.

A nice beach within reach of Cochin

by cochinjew

A short ride away from Vypeen ( which itself is reached by a five minute ferryride from fort cochin) is cerai beach. lovely beach, clean and not too crowded with amenities for the tourists both indian and foreign. Nice places to stay at all price ranges, near to two nice villages/towns easily reached by autorikshaw.

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