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2012

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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 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.

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.

Kochi was regarded as the spice capital of India. In the Jew Town area of Mattancherry, warehouses like the Ginger Palace still sell spices to visitors to the area. Pepper, ginger, turmeric and essential oils were traded for many centuries here.

One of the highlights in the Fort Kochi area, the Santa Cruz Basilica was commissioned by Bishop Dom Gomez Vereira in 1887. It replaced the one built by the Portuguese in 1558, which was later destroyed by the British when they took over Kochi in 1795.

The sun was about to set as our houseboat entered into the Vembanad Lake for the final leg of our backwaters excursion for the day. Scores of houseboats were jetting in every direction as if they were hurrying home, wherever that was. The vast Vembanad Lake, the longest in India, was immense; one couldn't see the land on the other end.

Have you ever heard of under sea-level paddy fields? In Kerala, India, apparently a vast amount of land has been reclaimed by erecting dykes. The backwaters of Kerala is a network of rivers, canals and lakes sandwiched between the hinterland and a narrow stretch of land running parallel to the Arabian Sea. In between these watery networks, lay miles and miles of paddy fields protected by dykes ranging from 1-2 meters high.

The market was pulsating with buyers and sellers alike in the morning rush of Bangalore City; one of the IT hubs in India. The old Krishna Rajendra Market building, which was built in 1921, could not contain the growth of sellers inside after almost a century. The other sellers, like this one, spilled outside the building into the adjacent roads where peddlers sat on mats placed on the floor, selling their produce.

Anjaneya Hill marks the spot where the locals believe that Hanuman was born. Steps snaking up the hill were filled with pilgrims; some chanting repeatedly as they hiked up the stairs. The view is quite breathtaking, to say the least.

These stacks of rocks were found at the top of a hill mound at Anegondi. It was within the fortress compound. I wonder why this spot was chosen. Not far below the fortress is the Lakshmi Temple.

This holy man in Lakshmi Temple gestured to follow him when we had just entered into the temple compound after a long climb of steps. He took us up into a higher point which was surrounded by stone walls. It looked like a fort from the outside.

The Vittala Temple in Hampi was famous for its musical pillars in its heyday. The slender monolithic granite pillars were constructed to sound the different notes of the scale when struck. Today, the pillars are guarded from whimsical beatings of visitors to protect it from further damage. These pillars pictured here were from another pavilion opened to visitors.

This drain-like structure forms part of the aqueduct system in the ancient Hampi city in Kartanaka. The criss-crossing of rock aqueducts transports water across the city to palaces, royal residences and water tanks. Some of these were raised high above the ground to ensure that the water is carried across different terrains.

The Lotus Mahal is one of the main highlights in the royal Zenana Enclosure in Hampi. The two-storey structure has ornate plaster decorations above the multiple archways leading into a pavilion. The upper floors have balconies with arched windows while the center dome is in the shape of a lotus bud.

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