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Chilling Out in Cochin

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A November 2005 trip to Kochi by MichaelJM

St. Francis Church Photo, Kochi, India More Photos
Quote: Cochin is a popular tourist trap - worth a visit, but I'd recommned you stay in the less busy town of Fort Cochin.

Chilling Out in Cochin

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Overview

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Despite the fact that I was suffering (Delhi Belly reigns!), Cochin is a mass of experiences and a massive contrast to the other more serene villages we’d visited in Kerala.We went round the Hindu centre at the time leading up to a major religious celebration and the street were lined with monks, in their bright orange clothing, cleansing themselves. The streets were running with water from this process, and we were told that this would continue over the space of 24 hours. Just opposite the gates of the temple, other faiths were not allowed admission into the temple; there was a private and serene park with a small lake at the centre. This was reserved only for the Gods to bathe in.A ...Read More

Hotel Abad

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Hotel

Hotel Abad Photo, Kochi, India
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We stayed, in Fort Cochin, a little out of town, and although the Hotel Abad was sited direct onto the pavement next to a small roundabout it was surprisingly quiet. Externally it wasn’t the most welcoming of hotels looking run down and uncared for but amazingly the reception hall was attractive and thankfully at variance with the outside. The marbled reception was light and airy and the staff beamingly helpful. The single “compact” lift took us slowly to the second floor (we could have walked quicker) and our simple bedroom door was opened for us by the porter.The furniture comprised of two single beds, a couple of easy chairs and a large television and all in all it was comfortable enough ...Read More

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Hotel Abad
Chullickal
Cochin, India 682005
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St. Francis Church

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Attraction | "St Francis Church"

St. Francis Church Photo, Kochi, India
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Whilst we were visiting St Francis Church a group of workers were erecting a detailed information plaque. This was brief but informative and we learnt that this was where Vasco da Gama, who died in Cochin in 1524, was buried. Apparently after fifteen years his remains were removed and taken to his birthplace in Lisbon as the final resting place for this renowned explorer. St Francis was the first European church to be built in India and was originally a timber building. In 1516 it was reconstructed in stone by the Portuguese Franciscan monks and dedicated to St Anthony. In 1663 it was taken over by the Dutch and converted to a Protestant church. An inscribed stone above the entrance confirms that furt...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 22, 2006

St. Francis Church
Fort Cochin
Cochin, India

Water Front

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Attraction | "The water front"

Water Front Photo, Kochi, India
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The waterfront in Fort Cochin is a great place to wander around and take in the pace of life of the locals. However, be aware that they've seen you coming and are really keen to make a few rupees out of your richly lined tourist pockets. Don't get me wrong they're not intimidating or aggressive in any way but they are perhaps more predatory than anywhere else that we'd visited in Kerala.Cochin’s “seaside” is not that desirable, but we did pull into a desolated area to view the “big water”. The area did resemble a council tip but we looked beyond the immediate surroundings to the horizon and the becalmed sea near to Cochin harbour. This was a quiet area devoid of tourists (I can kind of see wh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 29, 2006

Water Front
Fort Cochin
Cochin, India

Indo Portuguese Museum

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Attraction | "The Indo Portuguese Museum"

Indo Portuguese Museum Photo, Kochi, India
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The Indo-Portuguese Museum is well worth a visit and, as with most places in India, has a really cheap admission charge. It’s set in the superb, although somewhat limited, grounds of the well-kept gardens of the Bishop’s House. This is a semi-formal garden with many interesting religious-based statues. Admission to the garden is free and the museum is cheap (free on the first Thursday of each month).We were well received by the single member of staff and both got the impression that we were probably the first and only customers of the day. He was keen to show off “his museum” and also to introduce us to the museum shop. This had a variety of oils on sale, and this sideline was “gently pushed...Read More

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Indo Portuguese Museum
Fort Cochin
Cochin, India