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Chinese fishing nets near the Fort Cochin area of Kochi, Kerala, India
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Chinese fishing nets near the Fort Cochin area of Kochi, Kerala, India

Kerala — “Land of Green Magic”

Kerala is one of those places that the locals can call “God’s Own Country” and  keep a straight face.

Dancers perform traditional Kathakali in Kochi/Cochin. It is indeed an ingriguing, warm and welcoming place, India’s version of a trip to Tahiti. With a host of superlatives to their credit — the country’s lowest birth rate and highest life expectancy, highest literacy rate, lowest AIDS rate, and so on — Keralans are justly proud.

While in Kerala we traveled on the water a couple of times, both by kettuvallam and motor launch A local fisherman paddles a dugout canoe at Kovalam Beach in Kerala.on Kayankulam, Vembanadu and Asthamudi Lakes. Along the way, we visited backwater villages where coconuts are harvested and processed into coir and copra, had a fish dinner cooked over an open fire, witnessed a village procession, and relaxed at Kovalam Beach.

A procession group arrives at backwater village by canoe.Kerala is famous for its traditional Chinese dipnet fishing. Also worth noting are the indigenous dance performances, visit a street market, look briefly at Keralan society, stroll around Kochi (formerly known as Cochin), and see other sights of the fabled Malabar Coast. 



Motor Launch

Chinese Fishing

Keralan Society

Village Procession

Coir Village

Coir Processing

Copra Processing


Street Market

Dance of Kerala

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Village Life

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