For the last few weeks had been thinking to take a small break & go for a weekend to some nearby places but for some or the other reason was not able to make it.
Then a few days back one of my cousins calls up & asks if I was ready for a weekend drive to nearby place. It was suppose to be a five family weekend holiday & were wondering where do we go. Suggestion poured in, some said Ooty, Kodaikanal, Munnar, Valparai, Vagamon but most of the places had been visited multiple times except for Vagamon. As this holiday was going to be an Onam weekend most of the hotels in Vagamon were fully booked. Then one of my cousin said why not visit Cochin, It would be nice to celebrate Onam & enjoy the place by visiting the heritage places over there. Though all of us has visited the place but never been to Cochin as a holiday destination.
In the meantime few of my cousins had backed out & at the end it was my family with my brother in laws (BIL’s)family & one more cousin with his family from Pollachi were the once who ended up with this trip.
All this plans for the holiday was planned in a week’s time in which the hotels had to be booked. We were not sure whether we would get a good deal in any of the good hotels in such a short notice & that too on a Onam weekend but thanks to "Make My Trip" got a good deal for all of us for two nights in Casino Hotel CGH Earth @ Wellingdon Island Cochin. The bookings were made from 2th - 4th of September for the three families. So it was decided we would leave Coimbatore on 2th by 7.30am & reach the destination by lunch time & yeah I forgot to write that my BIL’s grand parents were based from Cochin & he knew the place pretty well.
So on the 8th evening purchased some snacks & essentials required as we had three kids travelling with us so as to keep them busy during the drive & also got the car washed after that. There was a heavy downpour in the night & due to this the electricity was cut to prevent untowards incidents in middle of the night. Didn’t have a great sleep & was awake by 6am.
My son, Myself & my wife were ready by 7am & the car was loaded with our luggage with a mandatory bye to my parents & we started from our house. It was decided by me & my BIL that we would meet for breakfast at Hotel Anandhas near Lakshmi Mills. My other cousin was going to drive down to Vadacancherry from pollachi where we would meet him & drive down together.
We had a sumptuous breakfast of hot idlis & dosas & started from there in two cars. Both the cars had to have a fuel break as both of us had not done the previous day. Brimmed both the cars to the full & in no time both the cars hit the highways.
The odo before leaving for the trip.
Just before leaving Anandhas.
The roads were good fourlaned & in no time we had crossed Palghat. Kerela is the only place where I have seen signals on the highway. Every few kms there are signals & driving there is just pathetic.
We reached Vadacancherry & my cousin was yet to reach there. The roads from here were really bad. The work in on for four laning on the ghat section & this place usually takes a little time to drive out as there is lot of traffic. My cousin somehow caught on with us in this section & from here on all the three cars drove together till Cochin.
The drive till Aluva was ok but from here on till Angamally the traffic was really bad & we were progressing inch by inch on a four lane highway. As there was heavy traffic we took a detour from Angamally & reached our destination by 2pm.
We stopped at hotel Dwarka as the kids & all of us were really hungry & had a good veg Kerela Sapad (Meal). With all of us with a full tummy we drove down to Wellindon island & checked in our hotels.
As I Had not had a proper sleep the prior night I just crashed to the bed to catch up some sleep & kids were happy playing around & few of them opted to have a massage at the hotel. By the time I got up it was already 5.30pm. We all thought that we all not venture out today & spend some time at the hotel. So it was decided we all spend some time at the swimming pool with the kids & then had dinner & called it a day.