We planned a quick getaway this February to Kochi. Although the weather was much warmer than we expected it was fun and relaxing.
We stayed a hotel by the backwaters (our first time experience in Kerala) for the first two days… and enjoyed the lovely view at sunset. We had a great deal from Hotels.com for Trident and that’s where we stayed for the remaining days.
Although 4 days is a lot to spend in Kochi, we went with the sole intention of relaxing and not filling up our days with travel and sightseeing. Anyone who travels with a toddler knows the limits! With the limited sightseeing options 2 days can be more than enough to explore this city. For us it was completely an unwinding trip focused on cultural experiences, kerala ayurveda and shopping! I loved the visit to the Greenix Village – a superb cultural experience in Fort Kochi. Fort Kochi was where we saw the popular Chinese Fishing Nets and I even got to shop for some interesting, inexpensive jewellery by the rural artisans. The next thing on my shopping list was a traditional Kerala saree which I managed to purchase in Mattancherry also popular for Spices.I brought home a few spice boxes for gifting. Neatly packaged but still had to make sure they were further packed airtight to avoid my clothes from smelling of spices!
We also visited the Elephant training camp about 1 hour drive from our hotel. It was a good experience for our daughter to see these animals up close in their natural habitat, however I felt given the time taken to travel this place can be given a miss.
Our next travel to Kerala will be to Alleppey, Munnar and Thekkady which is usually sold as a package by most tour operators and covers the best of staying in a houseboat and visiting a hill station while experiencing the God’s own country.