Kochi in autumn - looking for: malayalam, yoga, homestay, shopping places

#1 Aug 21st, 2012, 17:21
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Hi,

I am planning my next travel to Kerala and want to spend some time in Kochi.

I have been there already but would be nice to find out more about it. Maybe you have some hints for me.

I would like to learn a little bit of malayalam and am looking for either a language school or a private teacher.

Also I am looking for a good yoga class with the spiritual background and not just do the gymnastic part of it.

Can you suggest a nice homestay? There are lots I find over the internet but if someone has been there already that would help more to make a decision.

Any other ideas from you? Cafés, restaurants, shops, trips? Where do you buy saris and salwar kameez? So far I have only been to Jayalakshmi and would like to try other places.

Anybody there in autum? Maybe we can meet, chat and have a masala chai?

Looking forward to your ideas.

Best wishes,
Esther
#2 Aug 22nd, 2012, 01:43
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Hi Esther, welcome.

As a homestay in Kochi I recommend The Green House Homestay where we stayed last year for a few days. It is in a quiet area in walking distance to restaurants, the beach, sights and so on. The greatest asset of the place, however, is its caretaker, Kumar, a mid to end-20 something extremely nice guy (who has been to Europe twice and therefore knows what people expect). He helps you with everything and is great to communicate with even before the visit.

There are great reviews on tripadvisor
http://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Revi...in_Kerala.html

We paid Rs 600 for a double non-AC in off-season, but I know that he had to hike the prices due to the hefty fee that a listing with tripadvisor costs (last year it was Rs 40.000 for India; he was not listed last year yet). I remember vaguely that I read that it is Rs 1000 now off-season, and some more in high-season (Dec-Mar). At any rate his place and the kind of services he offers are really worth it.

On my request he sent us a car from the airport to his place. It cost Rs 800 last year, and he clearly did not make any money on it. Advantage: You find his place right away.

As to your other points of inquiry, Kumar would be the best person to fill you in, in case you do not get fully satisfactory info here from others.
#3 Aug 22nd, 2012, 15:43
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Dear Atala,

thank you for your welcome and thank you for the link. That sounds truly wonderful and exactly that what I am looking for . Even the airport pick-up sounds great. After a long flight I am not able to discuss prices with taxi drivers

Best wishes,
Esther
#4 Aug 22nd, 2012, 23:15
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On courses there, check also http://www.keralatourism.org/trainingcentres/. They have homestay listings as well, btw.
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#5 Aug 23rd, 2012, 16:23
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Hi machadinha,

thanks. I will have a look :-).

Best wishes,
Esther
#6 Aug 24th, 2012, 11:07
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Any other ideas from you? Cafés, restaurants, shops, trips? Where do you buy saris and salwar kameez? So far I have only been to Jayalakshmi and would like to try other places.
Personally, I don't have an experience of myself regarding this. But most would say you have been to the best place in Kochi (Jayalakshmi) with regard to the sarees. You can also try Seemati , Joy Alukkas, etc.

Regarding Cafes and restaurants - There is the Gold Souk Mall near Vytilla with Pizza Hut and KFC. There is also a massive Big Bazaar in there. Oberon Mall has got an opulent Food Court on it's 4th floor. Hotel Avenue Regent in MG Road is an awesome place to have dinner from. Domino's Pizza @ Ravipuram is a calm and quiet place to have pizza from, especially @ night

You could also check out Kayees @ Mattanchery, my favourite hotel in the whole of Ernakulam. For authentic dosas, you can check out Pai's Dosa Kada near Padma Junction in MG Road. There is also an outlet of the famous Naturals Ice Cream in MG Road, which is quite good and is open till 11 pm.

There are many good book shops in Cochin; DC Books in Panampilly Nagar near Passport Office is a good one.
#7 Aug 24th, 2012, 15:44
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Hi egregious,

I will definitely try out some of your suggestions. Thanks

Best wishes,
Esther
#8 Mar 22nd, 2017, 22:26
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Hello

Hi !

I'm from Kochi, I could provide you infos and help with regard to Kerala/Kochi/MALAYALAM. I live in Goettingen. I'm a new member so I can't send you PMs. Feel free to message me if you are interested.

Cheers!
Sachin.
(I know this is an old thread but perhaps you/I have found the needle in the haystack!!)

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