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.
The guide pointed out to us several sights – the place where Coast Guards are trained, the Customs’ Department ship, et al.
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. 🙂
The boat took us to a part of Cochin called Fort Kochi, where we visited the famous St. Francis Church.
Our next stop was at Mattanchery, where we saw Jew Town – the place where a number of Jews from Israel came for trade long ago and settled down, and where very few Jewish families now reside. There are a number of Jewish shops in this area, selling varied stuff from antiques to clothes to fashion jewellery.
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. 🙂
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. Oh, and he’s standing beside the country boat that we took.
It was while travelling in the country boat that I started to realise how pretty the place actually was. 🙂 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. 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?
After vising the coir factory, the boatman dropped us back at the starting point, where a bus was waiting for us. 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. 🙂