Monday, April 8, 2013

The view from the balcony


One of the places that we stayed at in Cochin (Kochi) was The Poovath Hotel. The best thing about the hotel was the view of the beach from the balcony.


The overall ambiance and the locality was excellent I must say. A leisurely walk along the beach side will take you to the Chinese fishing nets which is very popular in Fort Kochi.
When you enjoy the sea view, you cannot miss out on the huge bungalow on the right side 



and the Dutch cemetery (not operational now) on the left side


so there was no disturbance whatsoever from either side (literally)
But the view from the balcony was excellent


The rooms were decently large and the bathroom was huge, but I could not figure out the complicated shower system so had my bath in the tub.


The dining room was situated on the first floor with some lovely old furniture, and yes there you can see the huge common balcony.




In the front of the hotel there was a mango tree. Those mangoes hanging there was a real temptation and we were trying to imagine how tasty it would be if they were pickled.


When we expressed our desire to the staff (about turning those mangoes into pickles) they were good enough to pluck some and give us.




I was always fascinated by spiral staircases, and I found that this place had one.


One of the paintings hanging in the dining room


While clicking those lovely scenes from the balcony I noticed that there was some alien object moving in my frame.


It turned out to be a fancy kite and I located the guy who was flying that kite


The place where the kites were sold was not far off and this is what I got when I zoomed in. Real fancy ones I must say.


The next day I strolled out on the beach and came across  a group of boys enjoying football.


I could see some vallams (boats) trying out some new method of fishing not far from the shore. They used to throw one end of the net (with a float) at one place and then furiously row and make a huge circle releasing the rest of the net on the way. After some time they pulled in the net slowly bringing in a fairly good catch. Minimum effort, minimum manpower but a fairly good catch.



Looks like this photographer was trying to get some valuable tips about photography from the tourist, or could be just exchanging notes.



but I must say that the view from the balcony was really worth clicking once more.




and finally a front view of the poovath


20 comments:

rama said...

Beautiful description.The sunset too has been captured beautifully. I really enjoyed your view from the balcony, and the house too.The fishing trick is also so innovative and good.

Ms Sparrow said...

I live next to a cemetery and I can attest that they make very good neighbors--even though they seem to attract a lot of crows. Your vacation spot sounds like a lovely place to relax and have fun!

Beth said...

Beautiful photos and great narrative!!

KParthasarathi said...

Beautiful location with its sea view and pictures did ample justice to make the post complete.I wish you had given the location and the tariff.

anilkurup said...

The Humidity of the place is not felt in the cool pictures. Micro oven it is now Cochin.

Anonymous said...

Thanks ...I was there too ,but did not see so much of what you have posted and written about .Your ability to make the ordinary extraordinary fascinates me ...Cindy.

shivani said...

Whew! Feel like i have just had my hands full...the balcony...the mangoes...the kite...the kettuvellum...
Amazing thanks for the lovely trip. :)
Can i confess...the more i see ur pics the more i seem to swim in pity waters. i have managed to put some of my own pics in my posts about my holiday in Corbett. But i guess none of my pics say a thousand words like urs. Feels gr8 to see every time what has kept u busy...
Pls pay mine a visit too. Although what i lack in shooting skills i try to make up with words...perhaps too many...:)

Alka Gurha said...

The place has an old world charm with all the modern comforts. Reminds me of a heritage site cum hotel at Brindawan Gardens, Mysore. Of course there was no sea view but the dam was majestic.

Rahul Bhatia said...

A charming post and lovely pictures!

Jemina said...

beautiful photographs..and the description really gave me a literal visit to the place,...
lovely post..:)

NRIGirl said...

Nice! But what was the temperature like?
Cochin reminds me of black pepper and the hot air carrying the black pepper everywhere. And of course the back waters!

Amrita said...

Lovely... You reminded me of my own trip to Cochin which was some 20 years ago :(

Kichu Khonn said...

Beautiful snaps! With Google reader gone, am missing out on your posts. :-(

Indrani said...

With such wonderful views it was worth a stay there.
Great captures.

magiceye said...

Ambiance captured beautifully

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

Lovely Clicks

Arunima said...

Amazing view from the balcony indeed! I would definitely check out the place if I ever visit Kochi! :)

Coral Crue said...

what a lovely trip! I can taste them mangoes :)

flutietootie said...

Stunning. Looks like you are really enjoying yourself.

radha said...

That is a beautiful place you were staying at. Lovely pictures that say it all