Priya, a fellow blogger from my hometown of Cochin, has posted about the 50 things to do if you are ever in this town. While I haven’t done all 50 I do agree with her list. Read her post, while I click off some of the things that I have done. My comments will be in italics.
1. Check the view of the ocean from the rainbow bridge at Marine Drive / Been there many times. I even had my name carved on one of the pillers when I was 17.
3. Absorb the market chatter on the Broadway (parallel road to Marine Drive) / terrible place to drive to. Just park your car elsewhere and walk.
5. Cover the Mattanchery, Jews Street and Fort Kochi area on foot / This is ‘tharavadu area’ where my mum’s family is from and I’ve been there many times.
6. Take a walk around the fish market along the sea in Fort Kochi area / best fried fish you can get in India. They cook fresh catch for you on the spot.
12. Go for a stride along the waterfront at Willingdon Island, next to Taj Malabar – Vivanta. My last visit to the island was with few friends, on a bike which we rented in Ernakulam / Been there few times.
13. Have beer at Taj Malabar – Vivanta, by the waterfront – and watch the sunset. Bliss! / Been there for a couple of parties. Good food & drink.
14. Visit the Synagogue at Jew Street run by the last Jew family left in the city. Do ensure you are wearing full pants and sleeved shirt/t-shirt else you will be denied entry! / It’s a landmark for the city. Visited it twice when I was younger.
15. Visit the Dutch Palace. Interestingly it was built by the Portuguese and only renovated by the Dutch. Soak in the history of Cochin / Kochi here. Check out the mural paintings albeit in poor condition. / It’s a landmark for the city. Visited it twice when I was younger.
17. Learn more about Kerala through a light and sound show at the Kerala history museum, Edapally. / Went there for the full tour on a school trip, grade 9 I think.
20. Visit Durbar Hall Art Gallery on DH Road. Once the official durbar hall of the Kochi Maharajas is now a gallery exhibiting oil paintings, old coins, sculptures,…etc.There is a studio gallery within the complex that promotes works of various artists. Entry is free. / Visited it many times. Quite nice collections.
30. Beautiful traditional Kerala saris can be picked up from Kasavukada, near Fine Arts Hall or Karalkada opposite Pai Brothers on MG Road / members of my family often buy stuff from there and I have been with them on many occasions.
31. Kerala women are popular for their gold, which explains the array of gold shops n MG Road – Bhima, JOSCO, Joy Alukkas, Kirtilal, Alappatt, Francis Allukkas, Tanisq, Geeripai, TribhuvandasZaveri,…etc are all present on this 5km stretch. / total women’s domain. Me & my male cousins remember our childhood passing us by while the ladies discuss, argue & dissect gold ornaments at these shops.
Most of the others are of good food & drinking places of which I have my own tastes and preferences (she does mention a couple of my favs here though). So you know what to do if you are ever in town. And oh yeah, if you are a hot babe, call me!