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Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here

By Wanderingjoshua
Like many cities in India, Kochi is rich in culture and history that my friend and I were eager to explore. There were several beautiful and historical destinations that made our trip worthwhile.
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Exploring Fort Kochi
The hot and humid air of Kochi did not deter us from exploring this city. I was thankful that I could finally wear my shorts after putting on as many pieces of clothing just to stay warm in the northern states of India.
The first thing on my list was to visit the nearby beach. As someone who lives in the tropics I have very high standards for beaches.
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
The beach in Fort Kochi was nothing special, but it did make for a good refreshing afternoon and early evening walk as the shore bustles with locals selling all sorts of seafood. There were quite a few Chinese fishing nets that the locals use to catch fish, and they also made a for a good photo op during sunset.
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
It was a great time to take photos of the sunset!
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Seafood! Seafood everywhere! The man-skirt reminded me of the Burmese during my trip to Myanmar a couple of years ago.
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
The auto-rickshaw is an ever present vehicle roaming the streets of Indian cities from south to north.
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
The spices used in Indian food gives one, a one of a kind kick that made my tongue burn quite a few times, especially when I told the waiter to keep it spicy. Even if you tell them not too spicy, the food is still rather spicy!
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
More men wearing man-skirts, maybe I should wait for someone to start playing a bagpipe, kidding aside...
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
The sight of an old colonial church made me think of home. Apparently this part of Kerala has Christian influence.
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
There was nothing much to see inside the Mattancherry Palace aside from a few relics and information about royalty and some of the colonizers.
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Jewish influence is seen in some parts of Kochi. The market area in Jew Town was brimming with life, all sorts of shops lined the narrow streets.
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Would it still be India if there were no Jain temples in town?
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
There were two other old colonial churches in Fort Kochi. The design of the churches were quite similar to the ones I've seen back home, but I found the baroque churches back home more beautiful compared to the ones I've seen in other parts of Asia, including India.
One Ride Away
My friend and I decided to ride the ferry to get to Ernakulam town. As always, public transportation in India is so dirt cheap.
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
There were cruise ships and hustle and bustle of a booming pier town, as we slowly sailed along to another island.
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Ernakulam town had all the makings of a booming port city, with high-rise buildings and all sorts of commercial establishments. What I loved about Kochi was the melting pot feel it created. It had ties to its rich culture and vibrant past while moving forward with all sorts of developments.
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here
More sunsets! There is something about a sunset that reminds you of an ending but an approaching new beginning.

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