Chinese Fishing nets of Kochi

Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Flag of India  , Kerala,
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Kochi, India - Arriving into an extremely busy train station at Ernakulam, it took a little while to find a hostel/guesthouse accepting 'foreign' visitors. Eventually, a cute little place was found and we were soon on our way to Fort Cochin to see the amazing Chinese fishing nets.

A legacy of traders from the 1400 AD court of Kubla Kahn, these enormous, spiderlike contraptions require at least four people to operate their counterweights at high tide. With modern techniques, these methods prove less profitable, but the experience of seeing the nets is priceless.

A short boat ride brings you to Fort Cochin and only a short walk away from the Chinese fishing nets. Seeing the nets at sunset was spectacular and around the nets were lots of markets selling fresh fish cooked with a partner restaurant/cafe. We continued walking around Fort Cochin, seeing Indian tourists enjoying a splash on the beach and viewing a graveyard at this site.

We headed back to the fish markets, chose a couple of fish and a young boy of about 8 walked us to a restaurant where we were given the choice of how our fish was cooked and what it was served with. We sat out on the street, but frequently bitten by mosquitoes.

Later in the evening, we caught an evening boat back to Ernakulam and an early night ready for a long long day on the train the next day.

The next destination is Hampi, via Bangalore taking over 24 hours to arrive via a night train.
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