Wandering the roads of Mattanchery after visiting the Palace and the Jew Town, the Jetty beckoned, and we headed off to take a boat tour. After all, the sea and the port are the reasons for Fort Kochi’s existence, and its importance. And so, after all those long, detailed, historical posts, here is a photo blog for you…
|The sea beckons, Fort Kochi to the left, Willingdon Island to the right... the contrast is clearly seen!|
|This is the mainland... the city of Cochin... the towering buildings line the new Marina...|
The islands however, have more interesting structures....
|On Willingdon Island stands the old Port Trust Office, a heritage structure|
|Next to the old building stands the new office... |
brand new, yet beautiful and striking in its own way.
As for Fort Kochi, the shore is lined with old, colonial structures, some more majestic than the others, a few of them now Heritage hotels.
|The Brunton Boatyard|
|This pretty colourful one is Aspinwall House|
|Aspinwall was among the oldest of the commercial establishments set up in Fort Kochi. I have no idea if this is still the headquarters of the company, but I would so love to go inside and take a look!|
|I have no clue as to what this is, but it looks like it has something to do with the coast guard. |
The old fashioned charm is very much in evidence, isn't it?
|A visitor stands at the back gate of the Pepper House Cafe. |
The grafitti on the walls were part of the Kochi - Muziris Biennale
|This old structure surely looks like it can do with some care and effort. Imagine how beautiful it could look!|
When we tear our eyes away from the buildings, there are boats to see...
|small fishing boats with nets in them..|
|Big boats which carry passengers to Cochin and elsewhere|
|Motor boats which double up as fishing boats, or for use of the Port|
And then, there are the people...
|Solitary fishermen passing the time...|
|Waiting for the net to reel in their daily catch|
|And big boats filled with local fishermen, and dock workers, waiting to leave, either for work, or to go back home.|
|And then, there are the omnipresent Chinese Fishing nets|
And, where there are fishing boats, fishermen and fishing nets, how can there not be birds?
|Gulls, Terns, Egrets, Herons and Brahminy Kites jostle for space, and fish, amidst this teeming mass of humanity.|
It began raining while we were on the boat, and work went on as usual. For us, it was an experience... for them, it was life!
- Part 1: First Impressions
- Part 2: Chinese Fishing Nets
- Part 3: Indo – Portuguese Museum
- Part 4: St. Francis Church
- Part 5: Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
- Part 6: Mattanchery Palace
- Part 7: Jew Town and Synagogue
- Part 9: 3 Cafés, Three experiences
- Part 10: Maritime Museum