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... a little warm to enjoy at leisure. Luckily at this point we stumbled upon the Jew Cafe, I kid you not, and had a restorative Dutch fruit pancake and lime soda in relative comfort. Sadly because it was a Saturday the Synagogue was closed. This whole area is is filled with spice shops and rather more strangely vast pieces of furniture which looks like it came from Kashmir. By luck when we found the jetty the hop on ferry appeared and by waving frantically we managed to get back to our ...
... last two days of the blog up and readied for the next phase.
Around 1530, walked to the harbour area. There are lots of shops here, reflecting a tourist area for sure. On that score, we are not alone here. Boarded at the Tourist Boat Jetty.
The cruise was more a chance to do something while relaxing. There was at times a bit of a breeze as we passed Indian Coast Guard boats. The port authority building looked like a bulky Japanese ...
... covered in dead mosquitoes. The walls of the room were covered in dirt and they had to walk barefoot through a dirty kitchen to access the dirty shower. When we met up with the girls afterwards, their faces were so pale, we'd thought they'd just seen a ghost! The following day we travelled to the next town of Allaphuzza (aka Allepey) known as the main access point to the 900km stretch of Keralan backwaters. When we arrived we inspected a few houseboats and decided on a ...
... a big lake with a few houses dotted about. The locals didn't take long to come and see who we were, bringing the whole family, being so inoffensively curious... Like young children not afraid to ask/state the obvious! I love it! We spent the night on the deck with the little houses for light with the eerie indian music playing in the background .... ...
... the town on the bus helped get our bearings quickly. Mainland Ernakulam is a hectic transport and cosmopolitan hub of Kochi, and it was fascinating to how much more formalized and branded trade is here compared to further north in India.
We stayed in the quaint Fort Cochin area, on an island just west of the mainland. Fort Cochin is an extraordinary town, resonant with 500 years of colonial history. Drawing traders and explorers to its shores for over 600 years, there ...