There were a few more stops. By 1:25PM, we were in Adimaly where I was able to buy fried bananas and a puto-like bread at 5 rupees each. Kothamangalam at 3PM, Kuruppampady at 3:15, Perumbavoor at 3:25, and so on. It would finally reach Aluva (where the nearest long-distance train station from Kochi is) by half past 4. Good, I thought. We were near Ernakulam. I was anxious during the whole ride. There were a lot of "holes" in the information provided by Lonely Planet, so i kept re-reading the pages along with my printed copy of Wikitravel.
I waited for a good 10 minutes to gather my thoughts, just standing by the roadside, finishing the remaining breaded banana. I was munching away but my brain was churning out impulses. Then I hailed a rickshaw to take me to the main jetty for Fort Kochi. "Five kilometers, 12 rupees per kilometers, 60 rupees!" the driver stated. I turned away, but then he changed his mind and offered 50 rupees. It's supposed to be just 30 rupees, but oh well, I hate haggling. So I got in.
Ten minutes later, we reached the jetty. I saw a tourist information center at the far end of the compound and asked for a map of Fort Kochi (free), then went to the jetty to buy my ticket. There was a queue. When my turn came, I paid my 2.50 rupees. How cheap! Everyone was rushing to get inside the boat. It didn't take 15 minutes. I was in Fort Kochi.