Cochin is the main city in Kerala and it has a tourist portion called Fort Cochin which was my favourite district because I do love all the old colonial buildings there. It even has an old Synagogue, but unfortunately it was not open when we were there. We were also not appropriately dressed as you need to wear a long shirt or trousers to enter the place. There used to be an ancient Jewish community here before most of them moved to Israel.
There were many business people from Kashmir calling out to us to have a look at their shops. Their aggressiveness and hard sell tactics, and the advice of our driver that prices here were too high, made us not venture into the shops, but we did walk by. I just satisfied myself with pictures, although I know kinda regret it. I did spot many lovely cotton tops and gorgeous boxes there that I couldn’t find in the main city of Cochin.
What amazed me was the many goats and baby goats on the streets. The baby goats learn to walk close to the walls because of the narrow streets and fast moving cars, bikes and tuk-tuks. Suresh our driver told us the Muslim people of Kerala love to have them as pets and they are not sacrificed in any religious ceremony which I found nice.