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A Trip to Remember… September 14, 2008

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Atlast we, the Integratedzz went to an Industrial Visit to Kochi after a dropdown IV plan which was scheduled for Bangalore on 13th of August. Due to serial blasts of Blore, Ahm and Delhi, we were in a situation to drop that plan and came out with a schedule for Kerala on 3rd to 7th of September.

3rd September, 2008:

It was Ganapathi Chathurthi and we got a holiday to pack our things on. We need to catch up Trivandrum Express at 4pm so we all met at Chennai Central around 3 to 3:30 in the evening. Later we started our bon voyage to Kochi and had a great fun in that train journey. We ate several dishes as everybody had food in surplus. We played cards for sometime and chit-chatted most of the time till 1am in the morning. Afterthat, I slept for a couple of hours in the train.

4th September 2008:

It was around 3:30 to 4am in the morning when we reached Ernakulam Junction(Kochi Junction) and we made a little walk to the bus. At that time it was raining heavily and streets are filled with water. The bus driver was little confused about the location of the hotel so he made several reverse gears. Then we boarded into a van and we reached Star Homes Apartments(Four Star hotel) at 5 to 5:30 in the morning. We watched TV for sometime and had a nice bath and got ready for the breakfast at 8am. We ate dosa in Star Homes which costed 45rupees. Later at 10am we reached Hill Palace,Its just a museum consisting of precious things used by Maharaja of Travancore in 11th century. Then we went for the Industrial Visit to Chipsoft,its actually like a browsing centre and they talked about Java,.Net..Blah..blah..blah. After that we got down near Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium and ate South Indian meals. In the afternoon at 3:30pm, we went for boating in the backwaters of Kochi. The boat guide explained about the various ships in the Kochi Harbour. We saw the Taj hotels and some sky scrappers of Kochi. Later we went to Dutch Palace (At first i thought it was Touch palace or Death Palace as that boat guide pronounced like that).I didnt have much interest in watching that museum so we went for shopping and there we got to meet the ECE batch of Anna University.In the evening, around 7 to 7:30pm, we went to a famous temple in Kochi (can’t remember its name). We ate dosa in a roadside shop and most of them refused to eat that food returned to hotel at 9 to 9:30 in the night. We watched TV till midnight and went to sleep. Seven of us stayed in Room no:218 and rest in another room. Actually the mechanical AB Batch of Anna University stayed in that same Apartment on that same day but we hav’nt able to meet them.

5th September 2008:

It was a nice morning and we got up at 5:30, had a nice bath and got ready by 6:30. We went to the 13th floor (i.e terrace of the building) and enjoyed the birds eye view of kochi. At 7am we started our trip to Munnar (its actually 5 to 5:30hrs travel). We got down at 8am and ate nice dosa & poori in a hotel. Later we went to Athirampally Falls at 10:30am where we enjoyed a lot. At around 12 to 12:30 we reached S.N.Tourist homes and left our baggages over there. And we went in search of a non-veg hotel while the other people went to Saravana Bhavan and we finally ended up with Chicken Briyani & Chicken Masala in a restaurant. From there we left for echo point in munnar and we got there by 3:30 to 4pm. In echo point we happened to see Vishnu Vardan(i.e director of billa, pattiyal, arinthum ariyamalum…). Actually he was there for the shooting of the movie Villu (i.e. next Ilayathalapathy vijay movie). Then in echo point we had some fun by shouting some names and hearing their echos. From there we left for Mattupatti dam and reached by 4 to 4:30 and we stayed there for a longtime as some of my mates went for an elephant ride. There i made some shopping by buying some home made chocolates and munnar tea. We also ate the Passion fruit which will be available in munnar. In the meantime we stopped at severeal places and saw the tea farms of munnar. From there we reached hotel by 7pm and we all dressed up for dinner. In the night we searched for a naother non-veg hotel which would be better than the oe we ate in the afternoon. But we all ended up with the same restaurant and ate Chicken Fried rice. Then we returned to S.N.Tourist hotel by 9pm. Asusual we watched TV but we slept around by 10 to 10:30pm as the room got damn chill and went to a deep sleep.

6th September 2008:

We got up by 5 in the morning and started our journey to Kochi by 6:30. At around 7:30am we got down near a  view point and there we drank a cup of tea. We all need to miss our breakfast as we had less time to reach veegaland. We got down near a waterfall and there we spent about 10 to15 minutes. In the afternoon around 12 to 12:30pm, we reached Veegaland and changed our dresses in the locker room. Firstly we went to a 3D generated fear ride which is inside a cave. Then we went to Twister ride, its one of the best ride i hav ever seen. It twists your body in 360 degree rotations and you will be literally floating in air. Afterthat we went to a ship ride which goes like pendulum then and to space gun (i.e.its actually the ranger ride of MGM,chennai which lifts you upside down). Later we went to another ride which takes you to a highest place and make to fall down. After that we spent sometime in laser and fountain show. Meanwhile we went to the restaurant and ate vegetable rice. Then we went for a couple rides in dashing car and had a lot of fun over there.