Fort Kochi - the last stop

Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 22, 2014

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Flag of India  , Kerala,
Friday, March 1, 2013

Another overnight bus and I am on my way to Kochi. At least I got some sleep but arrived in Kochi at about 4.30am. Had to sit in a deserted parking lot waiting for the local buses to start. At 5.30 caught a bus to Fort Kochi and after finding a guest house was told that I could only check in at 11am. Really tied and exhausted and just want a shower and a few hours sleep. Took a walk down to the harbour and watched the sun rise and watched the Chinese fishing nets. These have been in operation for over 500 years and are now passed down through the family. Amazing structures that are raised and lowered and sometimes there might only by 1 or 2 little fish in the net. A lot of the larger fish are caught off shore from boats. As the fisherman return with a wide variety of fish the haggling begins. There are prawns, crabs, mussels, and a huge variety of really fresh fish. Locals buy for themselves and restaurants or you can choose what you want, haggle a price and then take it to one of the many street cafes or stalls and for a small fee they will cook it as per your instruction. As least you know its fresh as you watched it come of the boat.

Behind the nets are plenty of stalls selling souvenirs, food and of course fish. Had a really good banana fritter and french toast and chai for 10 rupees (R1.70). Finally managed to check in and crashed till the afternoon. had an evening stroll along the breakwater and watched the sun set. Even after six months in India I still cant understand why the locals litter so much and ruin some really beautiful places.

The next day caught the ferry across the harbour to Ernakulam. It cost the grand some of two and half rupees (about 40c). Massive big harbour with plenty of ships coming in and out, each one have to watch out for all the small boats. Unfortunately Ernakulam is just another noisy, dirty city and not much to see. watched some real dodgy tattooists operating on the street. No sterile conditions and using batteries as a power source.

Have decided to make my next stop Sri Lanka. I do not know too much about it and have not seen any guide books so it is going to be a bit of an adventure. Managed to find a travel agent who has booked me ticket so now I have 2 days to relax  before I depart. shouldn't be too difficult as Fort Kochi has plenty of little tea rooms and cafes. They are not supposed to sell alcohol but in certain restaurants if you ask for a beer it is served in a teapot.

Well farewell India. It has been an incredible 6 months and there is still so much that I would like to see. The contrast has been amazing and I have seen some awesome places, meet some fantastic people and eaten some brilliant if not interesting food. Travel through India is very tough and there are constant delays and frustrations but it has all been worth it. There were times when I really wondered what the hell I was doing and why was I subjecting myself to this hardship and the next day something would happen and my spirits would lift and I would realise that this is traveling. What an adventure.

Sri Lanka here I come

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simon on

Nice Guss,

S' Lanka heard gr8 place.
keep up the contacts & news.

keep safe & well.
ps Happy Paddy's day. have a few for me.

andy Small on

Enjoy Sri Lanka boet...It's your callng to bethere..just take it in it's stride.
We miss you back in SA

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