I just want to share that I found the best auto-driver in Fort Cochin, a young man who calls himself John Noufee or 'Noufee' for short. I stayed in Fort Cochin for several months for work, during the course of this visit his local knowledge was invaluable, from getting me a cheap air-conditioner, organising my drinking water, buying fish at the local markets, driving me to all the local attractions and getting up early to whisk me off to the airport when I had interstate meetings, I cannot recommend him enough! It was like having a personal assistant with local knowledge, he had very good english and basic french. He was always honest and saved me a lot of money by advising about local prices and telling me which retailers and resteraunts to avoid and which ones offer the best service and prices for tourists (and do not overcharge).
Because I was there for work, he organised for me and my companions to have day trips to the local attractions. He either arranged a car or took me and friends in his auto. Destinations included the local spice markets, the fishing nets, Mararari Beach, Cherai Beach, the Kochi Muzuris Biennale, Munnar, Allapey, Thrissur and he took me to every Kali temple and elephant program because I informed him that this was what I was interested in. I had no need of a local tourist guide or an assistant, this young man was all these rolled into one, I recommend him for anyone wanting to experience the authentic culture of Fort Cochin, in a safe and inexpensive manner. For $20AUD or $25USD a day you cannot find BETTER SERVICE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY IN FORT COCHIN!
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