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The usual scene at the ferry jetty at either side, whether at Kochi or Vypeen island. People rushed to get into the boat to get seated for the maybe half an hour ride. For shutterbugs, the ferry ride is a good investment to capture some photographs of the Chinese Nets offshore.

Vypeen island is a long stretch piece of land north of Kochi. The main attraction is the quite isolated Cherai Beach on it's northern tip, facing the Arabian Sea on the West. Chalets dotted along the beach catering to all budget range.

Kerala's Chinese Nets

in India
on: 22 November 2012

The Chinese Nets are one of the iconic images of Kochi. The ancient technology is said to have been passed down by traders who came to Kochi and transferred the knowledge to the locals. Some of these contraptions are fixed along the shore of Fort Kochi and on the opposite shore of Vypeen Island.

Even today, similar contraptions are found in mainland China, where they originated.

The Chinese Nets are the emblematic icons of Kochi, capital of the state of Kerala. They are located at the Fort Kochi area and are fixed installations on the sea shore. Based on the principles of counterweights on a set of cantilevers on opposite ends, balancing on a pivot at a wide V-shape angle, a team of fishermen lower down the suspended net into the waters below for a catch. After a few minutes, they pull down on the ropes fastened to the other end to lift the net up. This is done hundreds of times a day to accumulate the catch.

Various sources have conflicting theory on who had introduced the Chinese Nets to Kochi. Some thought it was the Chinese explorer, Admiral Zheng He. Others thought that traders from the court of Kublai Khan had the honour. Still recent research had argued convincingly that they were brought by Portuguese Casado settlers from Macau.

In any case, the locally known cheena vala have been in Kochi for centuries. It is probably the single most photographed icon of Kochi today.

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