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Kerala - Andhakaranazhi Beach - Backwaters and Chinese fishing nets


Unfortunately, there’s bad news. I heard yesterday that John (jhm) was hospitalized and operated after being hit by a car. I don't know if he was by bike or on foot. But the driver would not have noticed him in time.
About everyone on TE knows John.
Perhaps we can all wish him a speedy recovery via the 'Contact' button on his profile.
We know how important it is for him to be able to cycle.



Regarding the picture:

The ‘Chinese fishing nets’ are mainly known for their use in the tourist town of Kochi.
But they can also be found on other places in Kerala.

According to Wikipedia this way of fishing was introduced by Chinese explorers who came to India in the 14th century. One interpretation of the name Kochi is ‘co-Chin’ meaning ‘like China’.
In India these large fishing nets that are actually fixed installations on land (officially ‘shore operated lift nets’) are unique to Kerala.

The nets can be 20 m long or more. The structure on land is at least 10 m high and has large stones as a counterweight at the other end where they’re suspended on ropes.
A team of several fishermen operates one installation.

I read that such installations can also be found in the south of China and in Indochina.

I took these pictures in a small place called Andhakaranazhi Beach where I passed while driving by auto rickshaw from Alappuzha to Kochi.
The nets offered a completely unexpected but beautiful view. Until then I was convinced that in India they could only be found in Kochi.
I have not seen the actual beach in Andhakaranazhi (popular with mainly Indians visitors). The road ran past the backwaters.

No idea which picture of the three best serves as the main photo.
I chose what I think is the best composition. But the nets themselves are better visible on the pictures in the WS.

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