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