Highlights: Kochi Beach with locals showing off!
Today was the start of the second part of the Highlights of India tour which is also offered separately as South India – Kerala Dreaming 7 day tour. To get there this meant being in hotel lobby at 3.15 am. Luckily, or rather unluckily, that wasn’t a major problem due to my stomach problems. Imodium just isn’t doing the trick or maybe it is which is why things are ‘mild’.
I did all I could to make sure that the Air India flight, that left Delhi at 5.35 am and arrived at 8.45 am, was ‘incident’free and thank goodness I succeeded. Unfortunately Air India lost some bags from another G Adventure group but not mine luckily. It took around an hour by private car from airport to our apartments (9.30 to 10.30 am).
Even in that 1 hour I could see the difference from North India. The environment is obviously more tropical and green. The weather was a little ‘colder’ at 35 but way more humid.
Around 4 pm the weather suddenly changed to a thunderstorm. I was to learn later this has been happening for a few weeks, hot during the day, thunderstorm near dusk.
Our Chief Experience Officer for the next 7 days is Sajin Basil. There are only two other passengers, Kanae from Japan, and Andrea from Switerland. So a very small group. We went of a very informative short orientation walk that included the local beach. As this was Sunday lots of locals were here and quite a few showing off with backflips and handstands.