Cochin International Airport is an international airport
located at Nedumbassery, about 30 km northeast of Kochi.
It is the busiest and largest airport in the state of Kerala.
We were to have 4 new members join our group and met up with four women - mother and daughter from Canmore, and two friends from USA. But, when we saw a G-Adventures sign, we went to the greeter, but he was told to pick up only four. Our bus was on its way.
15 minutes later, our ride was a 15-seater van - really comfy. It was an hour's drive to our hotel in Kochi, and from what we could see, the driver was taking a lot of side streets! Were we being highjacked?! The driver was trying to point out some interesting sights, but his English was very broken. We were worried that he was our CEO (guide)!
AND . . . what a contrast! The northern half of the tour was hot, dry, and dusty. The area was suffering from a record heat wave and drought. Everything was more or less brown, which will come to life with the coming monsoon. Here, in the south, it's green and very tropical! It's also much cleaner. The houses are better maintained, and we didn't see any people sleeping on the streets. We drove past lots of water since we were in part of the delta and backwater areas that feed into the Arabian Sea. There were many traditional Chinese fishing nets all along the way.
BUS RIDE INTO THE CITY
KOCHI ARRIVAL and WALKABOUT
1. Arrival :: 2. Evening Walkabout :: Outtakes
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