It is nice to be back in the country when the weather is more manageable. It was around 80 degrees when we landed, very comfortable! Our packs were already at the carousel when we got through customs (so fast!). When we exited the airport we weren't surrounded by tuk tuk drivers. Strangely, we were allowed to walk to the bus stop. So far so good.
It didn't take long for us to have our first reminder that we were back in India. After waiting for 45 minutes at a bus stop for the bus into the city, we watched it fly past us and leave the airport. Sweet. Apparently all the people we asked if this was the bus to Ft Kochi didn't really know. I grabbed a couple of cups of chai, resigned to a long wait, and luckily another bus showed up within a half hour.
I found Ft Kochi to be a bit expensive, so we were happy to catch our bus to Alleppey to find some cheap digs and eats.