Day 4 – Kochi to Kodungallur
We were staying at Ernakulam hotel last night . We couldn’t sleep well , anyway we started our ride at 10.30 am after having a tea at Ernakulam south railway station.
We just ride to our next location marine drive we reached there after 1hr of drive although the distance was less we were struggling with the intense traffic.
At marine drive cruise boats are available. Marine drive was filled with cruise boat, small speed boat ,we can also see big ships at far distance sailing through sea and there were small shops with color full toys makes the environment more beautiful.
After the scenic experience we had a kulukki sarbath pineapple flavour which was a refreshing one to calm down the rising heat condition .
Then we ride to willington island before entering the island we had to take toll for our bikes.
Largest Man made island in india. Toll of Rs 3 has been charged for a bike to enter the island.
From Willingdon island to Fort Kochi is about 10 kms and we ride through old NH47 road, crossed the Thoppumpady Bridge.
The Traffic was very high and there was some protest going on , the slow moving traffic was suddenly stopped and we were stucked in the middle of the traffic for almost 20 mins and after a while police came and cleared the road. Those 20 mins was like that we were inside an oven.
We were sweating like anything. The ambient temperature, the heat from the heavy engine and all together we were struggling with the heat and trying to get out from there as soon as possible but the entire road was blocked without a room for a man to walk through.
We entered dutch palace, footwears are not allowed inside the palace and also no photography inside the place so no clicks.
Inside the palace we can find the entire history of our ancestors who ruled our kochi during those period. The dutch defeated our kings and take over part of our state.
Trade used by the dutch rulers , their money system and Local money system, their dressing style used during that time, kerala king used jewellry, ladies used ornaments , swords used by different kings, furnitures of that time and construction masterpiece of that time can be seen inside this palace .
The different wall art used at that time can be seen inside the palace . Kitchens, rooms for entertainment, toilets, work area they used and many more you can explore inside the Dutch Palace.
This small palace is entirely different from the whole city. When we reached there we had a feeling like we had entered into another country. We were not able to get inside the jew synagogue as it was closed because saturday is holiday for them.
The entire town is colorful and town is filled with artifacts , idols , and more with artistic marvelous. The people in here speaks jewish language and different other foreign languages.
From Jew town we reached Fort Kochi- Vypin ferry terminal from there we used jangar facility to reach vipine our bikes were also transported through this facility. The jangar experience was nice. .
Vypin consists of groups of islands which is a part of Ernakulam City.
It’s about 21 kms from Vypin to cherai beach and took about an hour to reach Cherai Beach.
The beach was so long both wise, our naked eyes was limited at that point , the beach was fully crowded with peoples .
There we seen some of the sea sports going on at that beach it seems like they had facility for that too. So we spent some time over there in the beach and it was late evening and we planned not to ride in the night.
So we moved to kodungallur and we had a chance to see the chinese fishing net very close while we were riding via munambam road and seen the munambam mini harbour on the way towards Kodungallur.
We managed to find a hotel near the kodungallur bhagavathy temple , one thing we experienced here was when we go to hotels to enquire about the room availability the people were more suspicious and they were curious about over activity and they were asking all kind of questions ,like from where are you coming ?
Why you came here? Where is your friend? They were even asking what is our purpose in coming their such kind of questions. Their way of questioning was like questioning a suspect , it was although an irritating one . So we stayed there and thus day four ended.