Fort Cochin sits on a peninsular. To reach the mainland means taking a relatively long road journey or a shorter and more interesting trip on the ferry.
Even after four years of regularly taking this boat journey, I experience an almost child-like sensation of excitement as the boat leaves the jetty.
The journey provides a multiplex of sights:
The engine being adjusted;
A working water way;
Boatyards from Portuguese and Dutch days;
And the modern port.
The mainland is reached after twenty minutes.
But after an hour in the modern busy city I am very happy to say goodbye to the expensive, high-rise real estate of Kochi’s Marine Drive
And take a ferry back across the water
To the quiet, faded glories of Fort Cochin
And its ramshackle jetty.
Back to home.