16
Dec-2015

Kochi (Cochin): first impressions

Kerala, Kochi   /  
Kochi....a nice coastal vibe.

Kochi….a nice coastal vibe.

The fishing nets of Kochi

The fishing nets of Kochi

First stop on my Kerala backpacking adventure: Kochi (Cochin), in the south of India. Kochi is a good entry point into Kerala, with connecting flights to most major spots in India. I had just spent a hectic 10 days working at our office in Bangalore, and naturally couldn’t wait for some R&R. Kochi was pretty good for that.

The “Fort Cochin” area is one of your beautfiul ex-colonial areas of India that hasn’t lost its charm over the years.  In Fort Cochin, there are plenty of cheap and safe guest houses that charge only Rs 500 for a room, right in the heart of the colonial area (super-cheap). This puts you within walking distance to the ocean, and all the scerene spots in Fort Cochin. You cant miss the many beautiful fishing nets. It’s much quieter than its sister city across the river, Ernakulum (avoid this place, not worth the time).

Santa Cruz Basilica in Kochi

Santa Cruz Basilica in Kochi

400 year old Dutch Cemetery in Kochi

400 year old Dutch Cemetery in Kochi

Besides the fishing nets and the chill, coastal vibe, probably the most interesting experience for me in Kochi was feeding time at local Jain temple. Jains, as you may know, are very respectful of all living creatures. This includes pigeons. Everyday at 3pm, the Jain temple in Kochi has a rice-feeding session for the thousands of pigeons that frequent Kochi. “Thousands” might creep some of you out, but trust me, the experience was awesome. Just remember…the pigeons just want one thing: rice. And in India, there’s plenty of rice. Just check out the pictures and videos I’ve posted (here)…I think they say it all

Oh yeah, on a side note, these two German guys next to me are ranting about having to pay off a police officer for smoking in public. So be forewarned, public smoking is banned in Kerala. Otherwise youll be out Rs 1000!

Pigeon feeding at the Jain template in Kochi

Pigeon feeding at the Jain template in Kochi

Cute kid feeding pigeons...

Cute kid feeding pigeons…

There's a massive crab sculpture on the beach...

There’s a massive crab sculpture on the beach…

Love these fishing nets!!

Love these fishing nets!!

Obsessed with the fishing nets...

Obsessed with the fishing nets…

The shopping in Kochi is quite nice...

The shopping in Kochi is quite nice…

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