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Thursday, March 29, 2001
Kochi (Ernakulam), India
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Kochi (Ernakulam), India:
Latitude: 9° 58' 4" North
Longitude: 76° 17' 4" East
Altitude: 17 feet
From Seattle: 10171 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hotel Aiswarya

Today's Travel:
Country: India
Region: Kerala
Weather: Partial Sun

Available Photos:

Canoe Village outside Kochi, India

Canoe Village outside Kochi, India

Birds of paradise Village outside Kochi, India

Red flowers Village outside Kochi, India

Sugar apples Village outside Kochi, India

Our boatman Village outside Kochi, India

Brown heron Village outside Kochi, India

Palms Village outside Kochi, India

Purple flowers Village outside Kochi, India

Lotus flower Village outside Kochi, India

Lotus flower Village outside Kochi, India

Canoe Village outside Kochi, India

Laundry Village outside Kochi, India

Pineapple Village outside Kochi, India

Metal jug Village outside Kochi, India

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1449
Linear Dist: 274699
Countries Visited: 75
Regions Visited: 283
More stats...
Hotels: 578
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 97
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4561

Journal Entry:
We finally got to sleep in a little bit. We had breakfast at a great fast food place - kind of a cafeteria - definitely a locals place. I'm running out of money, so I went on a quest for an ATM. Yesterday the tourist office had pointed one out on the map. We found the machine alright, but when I tried to get money out it jammed - I honestly think I asked for too much. I talked to the manager of the bank, but nothing was changing very quickly so we gave up. We went to the train station and got tickets - me to Mysore and Amy back to Trivandrum, both trains were full, so we're both waitlisted.

From the train station we rushed back to the hotel to get our cameras together and got picked up for the backwaters village tour we'd signed up for. There were only two others on the tour which was nice. We started with an unexciting forty-five minute drive to a nearby village. Once there we were shown the machine used for separating coconut husks for coir (a rope made out of coconut fiber). After the factory tour we got in a punted boat and went for a cruise. The ride through the village was interesting. I didn't feel like we wasted our time or money, but the tour wasn't nearly as good as I had hoped. We stopped to see / taste spices and fruits, but it was a pretty minor component of the trip. We saw villagers doing work - people bringing up sand from the river bottom, spinning coir, fishing, and lots of women doing laundry - not much different from the window of a bus. What was good was we saw lots of birds and flowers - but not from as close as I would have liked. The two and a half hour cruise passed quickly, but the ride back to the hotel was in traffic and seemed to take forever. We had a nice diner at a swanky restaurant up the street - again, a locals place, but definitely top end. The food was good, but not as good as I would have thought. We then went for a slightly scary walk back down to the bank. Slightly scary because it was dark and we felt a little exposed - especially after I had some success with the machine - we took a rickshaw back.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: India
CIA - The World Factbook: India

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