Udaipur to Kochin, via Delhi, by plane!
Trip Start Nov 27, 2010
16Trip End Dec 18, 2010
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Whilst we were flying south from Udaipur to Kochin, there wasn't a direct flight so we had to go via Delhi, or north east, before getting another flight back south again, which also meant that we had to spend most of the day travelling one way or another.
Delhi's terminal was a million miles better than Udaipur though, when we landed we had just an hour before our next flight so faced with an array of Western eateries, we decided that the only realistic option in terms of choosing, eating and getting to the gate in time was McDonalds. What hadn't occurred to us though was that of course in India the cow is sacred, so in McDonalds you could choose from a Fillet o Fish, a Chicken Burger, Chicken Nuggets, Fillet o Fish, Chicken Burger, you get the general idea
So Chicken Burgers gobbled down and I route marched V to the screens to check the gate yet again and typically, just as checked yet again, the flight was delayed for another half an hour, so we could have had something else after all and avoided indigestion!
We ended up hanging around for another hour or so but in the end we were on the plane and off down to Kochin.
On arrival the first thing that struck us was the difference in heat and in humidity, we knew it was about 5c hotter but blimey it felt really hotter down here! We hopped into the taxi that the B&B had arranged for us and set off. My first impression was that the south of India seemed far more sophisticated that the north somehow, there was more of a mix of 'familiar' cars on the roads, lots of different car showrooms by the roadside and far more tall office buildings than we'd seen in Rajasthan.
We finally arrived at the B&B an hour or so later for the airport, its located on one of the islands in the town and is a lovely house built in the 1920 but strangely called the bungalow and was built by the owner's Grandfather. So a lovely house and nice people but glad we're only here for one night, the owner cooked us a really nice meal and told us how much she loved cooking....but then sat and watched us at the table, joined by her husband! We just didn't feel at ease and I gobbled my dinner, looking at the dish the whole way through and making polite noises where necessary.
Anyway just the one night here then tomorrow it's a short train journey down to Allepey then the bit of the trip we've really been looking forward to, our houseboat trip around the Kerela backwaters...