Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Chinese Fishing nets of Cochin

DAY 16 - Catch of the day...
Take a 4 hour road-trip, add in a mountain descent with ever increasing traffic, mix with traffic chaos in Cochin, an incorrect hotel address and 6 hours later we are happy to arrive at our destination... Cochin 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'

The Grande Residencia in Fort Cochin is an heritage hotel in a Portuguese style, set around a swimming pool and garden. The sort of place that you immediately feel at home at. We all managed to completely flood the bathrooms, and we waited an eternity for a very average seafood dinner but it had an endearing charm and we would rebook to revisit if in the area....




There were suddenly a lot more western tourists around, although according to the local traders, business was down and may account for the rather keen attempts by the shop keepers around the Jewish Quarter to entice passers-by into buy.




The Fort Cochin area had some interesting Colonial back streets to explore....




It is a short walk to the sea front and the famous Chinese fishing nets...




These are huge land based nets up to 10m high operated by around 6 fishermen, with outstretched nets on one end and dangling rocks on the other. The intricate balance means that a man walking along the main beam is sufficient to cause the nets to lower in the water...




The nets go up and down through the day and the fish caught can be bought straight away and cooked over the road ..,
Catch of the day....




Waiting to order.....




Little Wandering Wren

Location:Munnar to Cochin - 140 km's

Location:Munaar to Cochin (Kochi) 140 km's

Location:Munaar to Cochin (Kochi) 140 km's

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