Chinese Fishing Nets
These huge cantilevered fishing nets are the landmark of Malabar Coast. The nets were introduced between 1350 and 1450A.D. by traders from the Court of Kublai Khan in China. The nets set up on teak wood and bamboo poles can be seen along the entire stretch of the coast and are mainly used during the high tide.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 — these may be sold to passers by within minutes.
Vasco da Gama Square
Affords the best view of these nets. The lovely sight of the nets in the evenings, when the Sun melts down into the waters of Arabian Sea is truly amazing. The square is also a great place to enjoy delightful sea food preparations and tender coconuts.
Fort Kochi Beach
The beautiful beach extends from Kamalakada to the entrance of Kochi Harbour. Along the beach are many colonial bungalow’s which retain the ambiance of the bygone era.