Leaving Mysore was a bit of a challenge! We first had to get the bus from Mysore to Hundsur, then figure out the bus station ‘system’, then get an overnight bus to Kochi (or Cochin) – which would actually get us in at 4am! – and then wait on a ferry to take us over to the island of Fort Kochi. As with many things in India, even the worst scenarios actually work themselves out for the best! On this occassion, arriving at 4am worked to our advantage as we were invited onto a movie set of an all-action flick, were given a nice cup of chai, and then wandered down to the jetty just in time to catch the first boat ūüôā

The film set we stumbled upon at 6am!

The film set we stumbled upon at 6am!

After being bombarded by keen Guest House owners as we stumbled around the island at 7am, we picked a lovely family-run place in a quieter area of town. The Honolulu Home Stay was fresh, clean, cool, and we even had our own balcony Рperfect! Shattered after the long bus ride but keen to make the most of our 4 days in Kochi, we showered and napped then went in search of breakfast!

Before long, we caught the attention of a¬†rickshaw driver who would give us a “good price” for an island tour of the lesser known sights, and of course, visits to the customary arts and crafts shops so he could get share of the¬†commission. We didn’t actually mind this time as the driver was so friendly – it had actually become a bit of a novelty to feign interest in yet another tapestry we had zero interest in buying! Our driver stuck to his word and did take us to lots of places we’d never have found otherwise – like a traditional outdoor laundry that still services lots of the local hotels, and an indoor spice market.

Traditional laundry in Fort Kochi

Traditional laundry in Fort Kochi

A selection of wares at the spice market

A selection of wares at the spice market

The climate in Kerala seemed a lot milder in the evenings, but that was possibly down to the fresh sea air blowing over the island. In the evenings, we’d often take a walk up to the north-most point to admire Fort Kochi’s infamous Chinese fishing nets, or just to enjoy an ice cream as we watched the sunset. There are quite a lot of tourists here so the locals are accustomed to seeing us white folk, which meant that for a change, we got the chance to just sit and relax.

Chinese fishing nets in the north of Fort Kochi

Chinese fishing nets in the north of Fort Kochi