After the exhilarating fun at the Wonderla Amusement Park, we headed to the Marine Drive Kochi to enjoy what the locals enjoy the most. I am told in Ernakulam that after a long day’s work, people flock to the Marine Drive to indulge in shopping, activities such as boating or simply have a cup of coffee. Of course, there are several fast food centers too, where people dine with the amazing view of the setting sun painting the sky in all shades of red.
The drive essentially is a walker’s paradise as no vehicle is allowed here. We were dropped at the High Court Junction and we made our way into the crowd. There seemed a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds as it enveloped us while we strained to take note of all eateries and shopping around. The promenade has two bridges – the Rainbow Bridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge, which looked spectacular with its lights switched on. This 1.75 stretch of walkway keeps a person engaged either with its views, its hustle-bustle or simply by enjoying the breeze from the Vembanad Lake. We decided to do just the same one after the other.
The many boat jetties there invited us as it could provide us with uninterrupted views of the backwaters. As we settled into one, the atmosphere grew more thoughtful as each of us got lost in our personal thoughts either reflecting on life in general or brooding over any particular melancholy. We were rudely brought back to our current lives when the ride got over and we got out of the boats. Hunger struck and unanimously we attacked a pizza joint gorging on Italian food. Meanwhile, some of us inspected the nearby shops to pick up souvenirs for our near and dear ones. The mood once again lifted and we sought each other’s advice to pick up things for our relatives. The chit-chat of the locals echoed everywhere in the Marine Drive but I could not understand a thing of it. As the evening wore off we sat down to plan for the next day as we were to go to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and we did need a good night’s rest for sure.