And here’s Part 2, in continuation of my
earlier blog post. I had said that I’ll be splitting this across 2 posts, but I
guess it’ll have to be 3, since there is so much to share!
Masala dosa and kaapi for
breakfast. Now off for a backwater cruise, with a bunch of French tourists #Kerala
This was the first breakfast at Saj Home and
it was simple, yet delicious, home-cooked fare.
After breakfast, Saj had arranged for us to
join a half day backwaters cruise. A car came and fetched us and a group of 4
French tourists (from another hotel) and we were driven about 90 minutes away
from Ernakulam. The houseboat was a larger version of a canoe, canopied and
with chairs for passengers.
The cruise was through the backwaters towards
Vembanad Lake, the largest one in Kerala. It’s a wonderful experience cruising
down the backwaters, with only the sounds of the water and birds calling to
each other (provided you don’t have noisy co-passengers!).
On the way, we stopped off to see a
coir-making unit and another halt (just before lunch) to see indigenous spice
Saw the Vanilla plant for the first time!
A traditional veg #Kerala 'thali' on a banana leaf, yum! Best aviyal
I've eaten :)
We were served a delicious vegetarian meal,
cooked in one of the homes in the village where we stopped. I couldn’t stop
eating the aviyal & indeed the rest of the meal. And this coming from a
After lunch, we cruised some more, through
narrow backwaters and also got caught in the rains!
After the backwaters cruise, we came back to
Fort Kochi and rambled about a bit and then decided to head to a cafe
recommended by two friends, as well as ranked no. 2 by Tripadvisor.
Kashi Art Cafe is one of the popular joints on
Fort Kochi, especially with tourists. It’s a great place to while away some
time and eat well! Its menu is limited but the portions are very generous.
The Chocolate Cake at Kashi is very highly
recommended, so we picked up a slice and brought it back with us to our hotel.
It was good cake, but not OMG good!
End of Post 2! Third (and final) post will be
up in a couple of days...
Labels: Fort Kochi, Kerala, Saj home, Travel India, Vemabanad Lake