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St Francis Church

Off at 9.30am / 09:30 to enjoy an early morning orientation tour of the delightful Fort Kochi.

With Raj as our local guide, our first stop was St Francis Church, the oldest church in India. I'm glad that I came yesterday as the sunlight was different and more beautiful streaming in the stain glass windows even though it was around the same time of the morning.

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/kochi-cochin/attractions/st-francis-church/a/poi-sig/1150567/356338

Brief facts … Kerala has more ladies than males, highly educated, coconut, spice accounts for 80% of the state’s income with cardamom being the queen of spice, black pepper = black gold, rubber. Portuguese influence. 54% Hindu, 24% Muslim, 18% Christian. Children learn 3 languages.

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For some of the group, a refreshing cool coconut was in order.

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Back passing the fish market and Chinese fishing nets again.

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Dhoby Khana

Along the waterfront again and caught a local bus the short distance to the open air laundry Dhoby Khana.

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No machines just sheer human power. I'm sure that my new front end washing machine is gentler on the clothes than this method.

A lady gestured me to iron so I did. Perhaps I am in the wrong profession?

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https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/kochis-historic-dhobi-khana-run-tamils-may-soon-be-hung-out-dry-44636

More pictures here.

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=Dhoby+Khana&rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiZhpvgkLnZAhXFnZQKHXQ4AmUQ_AUICygC&biw=1922&bih=951

Posted by bruceontour 02:30 Archived in India Tagged kerela st_francis_church fort_kochi chinese_fishing_nets open_air_laundry Comments (0)

Morning street side Chai before breakfast

Day 2 Kochi

Out for an hour's walk before the 8am / 08:00 breakfast. The street side mural was being painted by different people with a crowd watching on. Each time I passed it another section had been completed.

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The waterfront was alive with activities. Locals having a street side breakfast or a cup of hot tea, walkers and runners pounding the shoreline footpath, fishermen hauling in their catch plus the fish auction in operation made this part of town busy.

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/kochi-cochin/attractions/chinese-fishing-nets/a/poi-sig/1319114/356338

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Spoke with a retired local who offered me a cup of tea. His daughter lives in Wellington. The way the vendor poured his tea out reminded me of the lady doing the same on the train in China but with hot water and the train was moving. Love the way the milk was being delivered ... by scooter. Sorry that the 2 videos are oriented incorrectly.

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Then along at the breakwater while watching the fishermen again casting their nets spoke with 2 students. One undertaking Islamic religious studies and the other one was completing a B Com.

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Breakfast eventually at Oissa with Eddie. We both chose a masala omelette 170 rupees / NZ$3.60 / US$2.60 that came with garlic bread, but it didn't taste that spicy or garlic at all. That with the press coffee came to 232 rupees / NZ$4.90 / US$3.60.

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Posted by bruceontour 12:09 Archived in India Tagged fishing kerela chai fort_kochi chinese_fishing_nets Comments (0)

On the Chinese fishing nets itself

Passing the Chinese fishing nets again and while taking photos of the nets in operation from afar, I was waved over to join them. Only 7 nets left now. Anchovies, mullet, tiger fish, cat fish, white snapper. Best caught on the incoming high tide.

January and February are good months. Now only 3kgs are often caught in the 6 hours. It's low season. Fish are sold at auction.

With 6 families to support, I wasn't surprised that he wanted some money. Rupees or dollars or Euros.

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Posted by bruceontour 01:10 Archived in India Tagged kerela fort_kochi chinese_fishing_nets Comments (0)

Chinese Fishing Nets

Day 1 Fort Kochi

I had the whole day to get over the jet lag as the G Adventures welcome meeting wasn't till 6pm / 18:00.

A broken night's sleep. Awake by 6am / 06:00 and breakfast at 8am / 08:00. It was 160 rupees / NZ$3.35 / US$2.50 for either a western or Indian breakfast. Indian it was. A couple of chapattis with potato stew. Offered seconds so gratefully said "Yes please". That plus the piece of watermelon and couple cups of coffee set me up for the day.

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Late morning walk along the foreshore passing the Chinese fishing nets.

In India, Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for fishing. While commonly known as "Chinese fishing nets" in India, the more formal name for such nets is "shore operated lift nets". Huge mechanical contrivances hold out horizontal nets of 20 m or more across. Each structure is at least 10 m high and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen. While such nets are used throughout coastal southern China and Indochina, in India they are mostly found in the Indian cities of Kochi and Kollam, where they have become a tourist attraction. The Indian common name arises because they are unusual in India and different from usual fishing nets in India.

The system is sufficiently balanced that the weight of a man walking along the main beam is sufficient to cause the net to descend into the sea. The net is left for a short time, possibly just a few minutes, before it is raised by pulling on ropes. The catch is usually modest: a few fish and crustaceans, which may be sold to passers-by within minutes.

Rocks, each 30cm or so in diameter, are suspended from ropes of different lengths. As the net is raised, some of the rocks one-by-one come to rest on a platform thereby keeping everything in balance.

Each installation has a limited operating depth. Consequently, an individual net cannot be continually operated in tidal waters. Different installations will be operated depending on the state of the tide.

The nets may have been introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He.

The Chinese fishing nets have become a very popular tourist attraction. Their size and elegant construction is photogenic and the slow rhythm of their operation is quite hypnotic. In addition, catches can be purchased individually and need be taken only a short distance to a street entrepreneur who will cook it. Thanks Mr Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_fishing_nets

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Further along passing where the fish auction was in action, fishermen were waist deep in the water casting their nets.

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Posted by bruceontour 02:22 Archived in India Tagged india kerela fort_kochi chinese_fishing_nets Comments (0)

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