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Stop At: Fort Kochi Beach, Kochi (Cochin) 682001 India
Spend time in Fort Cochin, popularly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, as a local might. This industrial capital of Kerala, located on the South-West coast of India, is the commercial hub of the thriving state. Explore the city with a knowledgeable and friendly guide and get the local experience.
Once there, you'll visit the local spice and vegetable market and take in all the sights, sounds and smells. Your next destination will be a stroll through the colonial roads of Fort Cochin, where you can visit the Fishmarket, and more.
Duration: 3 minutes
Stop At: Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi Beach Kochi-682001 Kerala India, Kochi (Cochin) 682001 India
Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) are a type of stationary lift net in India. They 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. This way of fishing is unusual in India and almost unique to the area, as it was introduced by Chinese explorers who landed there in the 14th century. Indeed, one interpretation of the city name Kochi is ‘co-chin', meaning ‘like China.
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 30 cm 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 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 are 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.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Church of Saint Francis, Old Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) India
Originally built in 1503, it is the oldest European church in India and once contained the remains of the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama before they were removed to Lisbon. You will also wander the first Jewish settlement of India, visiting the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Parade & KB Jacob Road Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001 India
Visit to the Santa Cruse Basilica. After that you can enjoy a cruise through the Harbor before enjoying lunch. After lunch, you still have quite a few activities in store for you as you’ll visit the Dutch Palace Museum and Jewish town. Finally, before ending your tour, we will check for the closest special event for you to visit if possible.
Duration: 2 hours