After all, we were in India.
The stillness allowed voices to carry from those on the fishing nets- distance and dialect making them indistinguishable – as our ship headed towards the cruise port.
|Fishing nets - Cochin, India|
It didn’t matter whether we could understand the words, as we consider these distant voices an unofficial call of welcome as we approach a port of call. And on this morning we were gliding to Cochin, our gateway to India.
|Fishing nets believed introduced during the time of Kublai Khan - Cochin, India|
Cochin, (Kochi, as it is more commonly called there) is often called “The Queen of the Arabian Sea”.
These slow-passing scenes that come with arrivals and departures are among our favorite parts of cruising. We find them far more interesting than the thud of an airplane’s wheels on the runway and the hustle through an unfamiliar airport.
Two weeks before, we’d set sail from Bangkok, Thailand en route to Istanbul, Turkey, a 34-day journey -- a Magic Carpet Ride -- aboard Oceania’s Nautica.
We’d finished three languorous days at sea crossing the Bay of Bengal (the largest bay in the world) and passing Sri Lanka as we headed to Cochin, located on the southwestern tip of India.
We find that approaching and departing cruise ports is much like watching an old-fashioned photo slide show; a glimpse at how people live and work in the place (which is to us often more interesting than highly touted tourist attractions).
Sometimes like in the photo below, you see both the beauty and the not-so-beautiful side of places.
|Garbage and Gondolas - Cochin, India|
While we hovered at the ship’s railing not wanting to miss anything we noted very few of our fellow passengers had gathered to watch this arrival. Maybe it wasn’t as fascinating to them as it was for us – this was our first glimpse of India!
|Morning commute - Cochin, India|
|A passing scene - Cochin, India|
It all was a far cry from our preconceived notions of how India would look: a crush of people and traffic, rushing about dirty streets: Why the water here was finally blue; not the murky polluted stuff we’d been sailing through in Southeast Asia!
|Tourist boats line the waterway - Cochin, India|
Our departure that evening provided the same sense of serenity – ferry passengers found our ship as interesting as we did theirs:
|Ferries - Cochin, India|
|Scenes of sail-away - Cochin, India|
|The TravelnWrite Duo Exploring Cochin, India - up close and personal in an autorickshaw|
And we did it as any daring adventurers might: on our own as passengers aboard a teeny, tiny auto-rickshaw, (or tuk-tuk) pictured above. In our next post we’ll take you zipping along with us through the streets of Cochin! Hope to see you back again and until then, happy and safe travels~
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