The Bus Stand at Fort Cochin
During the day there seems to be an awful lot of buses at the Bus Stand. On a rainy evening decided to take the bus to Ernakulam, longer than the ferry but protected against the elements. Buses also go south and to the junction from where you can catch buses up and down the coast of Kerala
A good place for Appam
People who had invited me to cochin had put a car and a driver at my disposal, so i decided to take advantage of it, by asking the driver to take me to the best place for Appam nearby . he drove to MG road in Ernakulam and there it was appam with the gravy.. very tasty indeed Appam of course
Attend a Festival
Find out about festivals in the area while you are there. A list of festivals can also be found on the Kerela Tourism website (site listed below). Although one can usually not visit the inside of hindu temples, you are welcomed at the festivals. It is very vibrant and colourful. We visited a festival in Kottayam, on the way back to Kochi, we ran into another two festivals! These were not advertised anywhere, so do ask the hotel reception or other locals about festivals. It is a fantastic experience.
See Travelogue for PICTURES FROM A HINDU FESTIVAL
The synagogue in Jew Town, was built in 1568, but was destroyed and then rebuilt during the late 1660's. The clock tower (dating from 1760) is very easy to spot. The synagogue is in the middle of Jew Town. The interior is very interesting - with floor tiles from China, ?Indian light covers, a gold puplpit etc.
Cost: 20 Rs
Kerala- Gods own country
"Kochi- Cochin-Ernakulam-Cherai Beach"
Kerala, a magic land of wonders and wonderful people. The land is blessed with Golden beaches, Crisscrossing backwaters, Verdant hills , Lush green ubiquitous coconut groves, Palm fringed canals , rich and versatile culture. All these beautiful and ratified circumstances make the land as God’s Own Land.
Cherai Beach, one of the Best beaches of Kerala, is just 30 km.s from Kochi, the business capital of Kerala and is just 20 K.m.s from Kochi International Air Port. It is on the northern end of Vypin Island. The 15 Km.s of long golden Beach is very clean, shallow and pacific and evokes irresistible temptation for swimming and sunbathing. Dolphins are occasionally seen here.
For those who seek refuge from the stress and pollution of modern civilization, Cherai beach is a heaven, serene,unspoilt,eternal.Despite having been discovered by the world as the place for the perfect vacation.
"Kochi- Cochin-Ernakulam-Cherai Back Water"
It has the calm serene Backwaters on the other side and the land is filled with coconut trees which make this a very unique and precious gift of the Mother Nature. It is rightly called the “Princess of the Arabian Sea”. The scenic beauty and the traditional outlook recall the visitors for enchanting holidays.