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Leaving Mumbai we fly south to Cochin in the long narrow state of Kerala. A new language and a new alphabet; such a shame as we had mastered two Hindi words. The people here speak the palindromic Malayalam and their written Sanskrit derived text is round and curly without the top bar line that makes Hindi so distinctive. They have a lilting sing song tone, a little like the nonsense one spoke as a child pretending to speak another language.
... a metro system under construction around Kochi right now which is good but all the traffic was completely stuck thank to that.
Finally we arrived in Fort Kochi at about 19.30. We started to look for accommodation and succeeded quite quickly. We paid IR 700 per night (exchange rate: USD 1 = IR 60). After we took a shower we went out to eat. We immediately noticed that Fort Kochi belonged to the popular touristic destinations in India. It was fairly packed with white faces ...
... churches, a synagogue, a Dutch cemetery, a few small museums, and quaint streets to be too impressive. I managed a really good lunch at a swanky boutique hotel named Malabar House and enjoyed watching fishermen use the s-called Chinese fishing nets along shore to catch seafood, called such because the age-old technology allegedly came from China.
Kerala's best known art form is Kathakali, a dramatized presentation of a ...
... the conductor pointed at us and pointed off the bus. We guessed this was our que to get off. When we finally found the beach, we were in a bit of dissbelief as there was nothing there and it was not the most pleasant of beachs. After being told how nice it was, this was rather dissapointing. After wondering around and finding what was the only resurant for a drink, Josh and Rory decided they would brave the rough sea and go for a swim. We then made our way home ...
... outfits and splendidly carved ceiling beams. It's a treat to meander around this place, the history of the area is presented beautifully and in detail, it's worth a few solid hours of your time.
We tried to visit the Pardesi Synagogue and Jew Town, which unfortunately were closed on a the Saturday. Apparently (well Antony said so, so it must be true ;) ) there are now 7 Jews left in Fort Cochin, all too old to attend the Synagogue, and so the only worshipers ...