Last Monday, I went to Cochin, Kerala on the invitation by an airline, and the trip was a VERY short one which was to officially celebrate the airline's new route.
The journey took approximately 4 hours, and we arrived at around 5.00pm local time. By the time we went through immigration and collected our bags, we finally boarded the bus around 5.30pm to head to our hotel, which took us another hour on the road.
Apart from the golf course near the airport, I saw a Marriott also under construction, together with a shopping arcade.
(sorry for the shakey, blurry pics. moving bus!!!)
En route to our hotel, it was definitely a colourful and bustling sight. Unfortunately, we could not stop, and our schedule the next day was full right up till check out and departure time. So, what you see in this page is all that I saw of Cochin :-)
We arrived at the hotel around 6.30pm, but due to glitces and hiccups here and there, only managed to get my key card at 7.00pm. I immediately requested for an iron to be sent up to my room as my luggage was drenched from the heavy rain in KL, and I expect my clothes would be totally wet through.... and I was right!! I spend the next hour ironing my clothes dry... LOL
Oh yeah, we were booked at the Le Meridien Resort, Cochin. A beautiful resort, but unfortunately we didn't have time to enjoy it. Shops close by 9.00pm here, and even the in-house spa operates only from 10.30am to 7.30pm!
That night, the dancers and I had our dinner at the hotel Seafood Restaurant since it was already 8.30pm. Since there were 7 of us, we were directed to a private area within the restaurant, and it was so quaint, complete with an iron gate and dome with pretty plates decorating the shelves.
The event started a wee bit late since the organisers were waiting for a decent number of media to arrive, but all went relatively well. Lunch was a lovely spread of local fare, and I was happy as there was a fare bit of vegetarian and seafood choices :-)
No meats when travelling, LOL LOL LOL
The dancers were outstanding and did a good job. Congrats!!!
After the event, I rushed back to my room to finish packing, take a quick shower, pray and then check out.
The bus was scheduled to pick us up at 3.00pm, and I had about an hour to get ready.
Upon arriving at the airport, I could not resist taking a picture of the ticket booth outside the entrance. Yep, you can buy entry tickets to visit the airport :-)
Overall, it was a very interesting trip even though I can't really say that I've visited Cochin, but it was however a very good 'soft' introduction to the market :-)
We landed in KL at 11.45pm and by the time we claimed our luggage, it was past midnight. Thank God hubby was already there waiting for me!! :-)