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Day 11 - Alleppey to Kochi

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Today we are on the move from Alleppey to Kochi and after a final walk around the canals, backwater and town we are off on the short drive to Kochi our last stop in Kerala.

The drive is fast and frantic with buses in the middle of the road, tuk tuk everywhere it's a wonder we got there alive.

Kochi is beautiful even on arrival you can tell its a tourist town. More restaurants, accommodation and shops than we have seen over the first 10 days and we have only been here half an hour. After checking into the hotel the Rositta Wood Castle which is a lovely restored historic building with a perfect courtyard.

We have some snacks at the hotel of vegetable and paneer pakora and some fresh lime water.

After a short rest we head straight to the beach with is only a 200metre walk from the hotel and we get a great view of the Chinese fishing nets which are bigger than I ever expected. The speed at which the fisherman pull up the nets with quick movements and in perfect unison.

The coastline is nice but still does not compare to Perth and you have a lovely view of an oil refinery in the distance. We sat at a juice hut on the water and ordered some amazing juice hut which contained no added water sugar or ice ( put needed ice as it was so hot). We go to order a mandarin juice but the owner quickly says it's orange (but were definitely mandarins) weird what passes for an orange in Kochi. Then we changed it up with a lovely pineapple juice and were on our way to walk back up the coast.

After a few hours at the waterfront it's time to find dinner. We have decided to eat late and seems most of the Europeans visiting have the same idea - when it's cooler to sit outside!

We find an amazing restaurant called the Orchid Restaurant the inside is like a green house decked out with amazing flowers and ferns but thankfully also covered with fans.

It's really busy and we offer to move for a table of 14 French tourist so they can have connecting tables and are just happy that we have already placed our order. The food looks incredible and we settle in eating Mixed seafood pakora with prawns, mussels, squid and fish, paneer pakora, chicken korma and mutton curry with a mix of parathas and Chipatis. I still haven't got used to eating curry with my hands but don't want to be the only one picking up a spoon and fork so I made do but its a messy afair.

After a satisfying dinner we head for a walk around the street and then back to the hotel for some rest before a big walking day of the sites.

Posted by lee_1986 21:20 Archived in India Tagged india fort kochi curry alleppey juice masala cochi pakora chicken65

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