Saturday, May 11, 2013

Kochi (Cochin) Driving Tips #6

Never trust your vehicle's turn indicator.

It's not because it is not working but because other drivers Kochi tends to ignore it.

While taking a left turn to park my vehicle in our office parking area, I properly used left indicator. This is strictly no overtake zone. The biker behind me simply ignored the indicator and overtook from left side.

The good thing is that I know the habits of people here so I was careful. A narrow escape.

Kochi (Cochin) driving tips #4

Watch your back.

If you are driving on kochi roads and you see a vehicle coming fast behind you, slow down you vehicle. The guy may overtake from right, take a sharp left cut in front of you and apply breaks just at the face of your car. This is very common with bikers.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Kochi (Cochin) driving tips #3

Don't expect that a driver in Kochi will turn the indicator on while taking a turn. People here do not use indicators. So if you are driving on the Kochi roads, be careful. The guy coming behind you may overtake from left side and immediately take a sharp right turn. And it's not uncommon.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Kochi (Cochin) driving tips #2

Kochi has its own traditions and so is the drivers here.

If you see a vehicle with hazard signals on, don't misunderstand. People in Cochin use 'hazard signal' (turning both turn signals on at the same time) to tell you that they want to go straight.

Well, it's ridiculous but that's what it is.

Kochi (Cochin) driving tips #1

While driving on the kochi roads, keep double the safe distance from red coloured killer busses. These drivers are reckless.

Vagamon Heights

Vagamon Heights is a private tourist spot. Extended in 300 acres of land, this place is a hill exploration point. They had private lakes, tree houses etc. Off road jeep safari in the hilly area was a good adventure.

An experiment with macro mode

Monday, April 01, 2013

Kochi (Cochin) Driving Tips (Series)

Well, I am driving on Kochi roads for more than two years. During this time, I learned a lot about driver's and pedestrians' habit. I had my lessons learned, and thank God, not in a much hard way. In this series, I am sharing my experience of driving at Kochi roads.

If you are not from Kochi but drives (or planning to drive) on Kochi roads, keep revisiting this page. I'll keep updating this page on regular basis.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Kumbalangi Tourism Village, Kochi, Kerala

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Kumbalangi is a small integrated tourism village located 45km from Kochi International Airport. With a population of 30,000, the palace is popular for backwaters and Chinese fishing nets. The best toddy (local wine) shops can be found near the village as it is home of some fine toddy tappers.
Seen in the picture is a fish pond in the backwaters surrounded by the coconut trees.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Monitor Lizard @Kakkanad, Kochi, Kerala

We were in the middle of market the other day when we found this Monitor Lizard at the corner of the road. Some locals have tied it with a rope while they were waiting for the forest official. Pic taken at Kakkanad, Kochi, South of India.

A Mathematician's Clok

Found this pic somewhere on the Internet. Looks interesting

A day in an orphanage

Last weekend we organised trip to Bassilious Boys orphanage at kochi. The purpose of trip was to mingle with the kids and provide moral and financial support to them. We gifted lots of items to the orphanage including clothes, lunch boxes and a computer. We sponsored lunch and all my team members had lunch with the kids. This followed by sports activities like football and basket ball games.

The kids were very happy. We also planned coaching classes for computer and English.

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