Kerala diaries – 2 :)

Day 2

It is difficult to say which day of the trip I enjoyed the most, but I think it is on Day 2 that we saw the most of rural Kerala. We took a boat sight-seeing tour on Day 2, starting from the boat jetty at Cochin.

A number of boats were moored here, and we took a motor boat called Bay Star. The boat happened to have a really funny guide, thanks to whom we enjoyed the places we visited all the more. πŸ™‚

That, as per our guide, is the new harbour being constructed in Cochin. He said The Prime Minister of India would be inaugurating the harbour sometime next year.

The guide pointed out to us several sights – the place where Coast Guards are trained, the Customs’ Department ship, et al.

I fell for the ships – I had never seen ships before in real life – and they looked so lovely and incredibly romantic. Now, I so want to go on a proper cruise. πŸ™‚

Those are Chinese fishing nets – a Chinese method of fishing adopted by the local people. The nets are lowered into the water at night, and the fish are collected in the morning. They made a very pretty sight. πŸ™‚

The boat took us to a part of Cochin called Fort Kochi, where we visited the famous St. Francis Church.

The body of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was placed in this church for 14 years after his death in 1524. It was later taken to Portugal.

Our next stop was at Mattanchery, where we saw Jew Town – the place where a number of Jews from Israel came for tradeΒ  long ago and settled down, and where very few Jewish families now reside.Β  There are a number of Jewish shops in this area, selling varied stuff from antiques to clothes to fashion jewellery.

That is a curio shop in Jew Market. I have always loved antique and curio shops, and so, I loved visiting this part of the town.

We also visited the Jewish synagogue in Jew Town – an amazing place that is totally worth visiting. Sadly, photography is not allowed at this spot, so I don’t have any. 😦

We next went to the Dutch Palace at Mattanchery – another beautiful place that is worth seeing. Another spot where photography is not permitted. 😦

From the palace, the boat took us back to the jetty. A bus dropped us off from the jetty to a country boat – and then the real fun started. πŸ™‚

That is our boatman, who entertained us with songs of the Kerala boat race. He was a wonderful guide as well, and he showed us around a typical village.Β  Oh, and he’s standing beside the country boat that we took.

That is another country boat – it made a very pretty picture, moored atop the still water.I couldn’t resist taking a photograph as we passed by it.

It was while travelling in the country boat that I started to realise how pretty the place actually was. πŸ™‚ The above two pictures exactly match the dreams I had about Kerala – lot of still water, boats and coconut trees.

The boatman took us to a coir factory, where we saw rope being made from coconut fibre, as well as door mats being manufactured.Β  Quite an experience that was! One totally worth having! The above picture was taken on the way to the coir factory – isn’t the place beautiful?

These women are making rope from coconut fibre at the coir factory. We observed this for quite some time, and were amazed.

These two photographs are of door mats being made at the coir factory.

After vising the coir factory, the boatman dropped us back at the starting point, where a bus was waiting for us.Β  We promptly headed back to our hotel, with the satisfaction of a day well spent.

So, that was the tale of the second day of our trip. Hopefully, more tales will follow soon. πŸ™‚

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12 responses to “Kerala diaries – 2 :)

  1. I have gone through this part of Cochin (except the rural visit part), but it was on a motorized boat that took the fun off! The two pictures in the middle which show water sky and trees could have been bigger – it would have created a better impact. BTW, I am tagging you on the topic ‘My top three movies of all time’ – do it if you find time πŸ™‚

    Destination Infinity

    • priyaiyer

      @DI

      Hey!! Long time…
      Our Cochin sight-seeing was also in a motorized boat. Only the rural visit was on a country boat. πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the tag. Will take it up soon.
      Top 3 movies – sounds difficult. You should have made it Top 10 at least. πŸ™‚

  2. Wonderful photos, Priya.

  3. Anu

    Wow! Now I see how many beautiful things I missed! I’ve been to Cochin more than a few times, but never had a chance to visit any places except beaches! I liked the typical village boating…must’ve been a memorable one! I remember I having gone to Mahe in Kerala for my friend’s wedding, and that’s till date the best vacation I had in India sans family !

    • priyaiyer

      @Anu

      Never heard of Mahe or read about it. Should check it out.
      You should totally do the rural sight-seeing, and go on a country boat. Trust me, it is an awesome experience. πŸ™‚

  4. excellent photos. hope u had a wonderful time in kochi

  5. Sounds wonderful. And that pic on the way to the coir factory is breath-takingly beautiful πŸ™‚ All that green is such a treat to the eyes πŸ™‚

  6. Posts such as this are a blessing for malayalees living outside Kerala. Thanks a ton πŸ™‚

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