The last two days we spent in Fort Kochi in the Brunton Boatyard Hotel. Fort Kochi is a region in the city of Kochi.
We visited the St. Francis Church which is the oldest European Church in India. The body of Vasco da Gama (he discovered the sea route from Europe to India) was originally buried in this church.
Kochi was a fishing village and you can see a lot of Chinese Fishing Nets near the shore. They are shore operated lift nets. They are mostly found in the state of Kerala.
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. (Wikipedia)
And of course there are always a lot of birds near the nets to catch the fish before the fisherman gets it’s hand on them.
After the house boat trip we stayed two nights in the Marari Beach Resort which is also part of the cgh earth group. It was an excellent resort and we were lucky to get a private pool villa.
From the hotel you can book a lot of different tours to Alappuzha and nearby attractions. We visited Alappuzha to see how carpets are made from coconut fibers and to watch traditional gold smiths while they were melting tiny gold pieces together. Good to see that these traditional crafts still exist.
Marari Beach and Alappuzha
If you stay in Kerala near the Vembanadu Lake you have to rent a house boat. Best thing is to book a full day with a night on the boat.
We started our journey directly from the Coconut Lagoon and made our way through the backwaters until evening. We had dinner on the boat near the town Puthanagadi and also stayed during the night there. The food was excellent and our crew very friendly and supportive.
Check out the new campaign images and the new website of the Kerala Great Backwaters.