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Taken from a chalet facing the backwaters at Cherai Beach; a three-kilometer stretch of sand shoring the Arabian Sea on the northern tip of Vypeen island. Being quite isolated, it is a quiet getaway from the busy streets of Kochi.

The sea beckons visitors for a swim, while a handful of peddlers and hut eateries dotted the beachfront. In the morning, the fishermen got up early to cast their nets either on the backwaters side or by the Arabian Sea for a salted catch.

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.

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