Fishing in Kerala

Fort Kochi is one of the most toured places in Kerala because of its unique Chinese net fishing system operated through ages. As history dates that Zheng He, a Chinese explorer introduced the Chinese Fishing Nets in Fort Kochi. They were inspired from the Chinese emperor’s court, Kublai Khan and are being used since then. Taking a stroll down the Vasco-da-Gama square in that area you are sure to find many Chinese fishing nets, hanging mid-air along the coast.

These are huge mechanisms of net supported by teak and bamboo poles. They stand tall at the height of ten meters and have a spread as wide as twenty meters. This whole arrangement is lowered during the time of tides for about four to five minutes and then pulled back again. This act is repeated several times for decent catches. The weight is counter lifted by a bunch of heavy stones at the end of the rope. This task is not meant for an individual thus generally a team of six fisherman work on one Chinese fishing net system. The number of fish collected each time is moderate and is generally sold to the tourists then and there. There are restaurants around where you can take this bunch of fresh fish or squids and they will prepare it for you, just as you want right away. The experience of eating something so natural will definitely leave you satisfied.

These fishermen are very friendly and you can even help them with dropping the net and pulling it back and get a firsthand experience of this paraphernalia, but don’t forget to tip them at end!
 

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