Kochi’s signature walkways wait patiently for the citizens’ return


Absence does, certainly, make the coronary heart develop fonder. Having been homebound for the final 40 days, I miss components of the metropolis like by no means earlier than. Once the lockdown is lifted, all roads will result in the metropolis’s once-crowded walkways. These scenic paths, spruced up with lampposts and benches, hug the water our bodies.

At Fort Kochi it snakes alongside the sea, loops the lake at Chilavanoor, skirts the backwaters in Marine Drive, and straddles the canal at Panampilly Nagar. For me, like for many others, the day begins and ends right here. The walkways and the jaunts have been sorely missed.

The sea breeze in the morning on the cobbled Fort Kochi walkway carries a powerful whiff of contemporary fish being hauled at the Chinese fishing nets. This sight is one thing I’m trying ahead to, not seeing it in the final six weeks. The dawn, sundown and the crusing ships coming into and exiting Kochi ports are postcard pictures that I sit up for seeing in actual time.

The spanking new Thevara walkway on the highway connecting Willingdon Island to Thevara, off the Kannangattu Bridge, was awaiting inauguration when the lockdown was clamped. But it had begun to attract the crowds even earlier than the formal opening. I used to be trying ahead to utilizing its jogger’s monitor, which hopefully one can do quickly.

My most lovable picture of the 750 m stretch at Panampilly Nagar isn’t of its swish pathway the place day breaks as early as 4.30 am and ends late by 10.00 pm however of aged folks sitting content material on the forged iron benches as they watch life go previous.

To hear and really feel the metropolis’s sturdy coronary heart beat, I’d typically go to the Marine Drive Walkway and immerse myself in the city sounds and sights washed over by purposeful sea winds.

And to wind down, it’s positively the 1.eight km lengthy Queen’s Way, on the GIDA-Chathiyath Church Road, overlooking the backwaters. It will get its identify from the metropolis’s romantic nom de plume – ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. Usually buzzing with the early morning health lovers and night jaywalkers the walkway is well-loved. Despite being near the coronary heart of the metropolis, it has been a cocoon of peace and quiet since its inauguration in 2017.

Kochi has loads of lovely spots — quiet, distant, hidden, touristy — however the walkways are the locations that deliver the Kochiite out to start and finish his/her day. I’m trying ahead to re-begin, re-start and re develop from these vibrant locations and hope they missed me as a lot as I did them.

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