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Fascinating Fort Kochi

Continuing our exploration of coastal Kerala, I am chronicling here our visit to Fort Kochi. 

Brief history: The territory of Fort Kochi was granted to the Portuguese in 1503 by the Rajah of Kochi who gave them permission to build Fort Emmanuel. The name Fort Kochi comes from this fort, which the Dutch later destroyed.The Dutch held Fort Kochi in their possession for 112 years until 1795, when the British took control by defeating the Dutch...


Kochi was a fishing village in the Kingdom of Kochi since the pre-colonial Kerala. You can still see a lot of fishing activities around here...


A game of chess shows that life is leisurely and relaxed here...


View from the beach walkway...


Wife tried a wreath a vendor was selling on the Beach walkway...


More fishing action...





Even the egrets were trying their luck at fishing...








Princess Street also known as Loafer’s Corner of Fort Kochi...


Princess street is the most famous street of Fort Kochi which gives a slice of authentic colonial European architecture...


Princess street is the only street that never faced any raid or demolitions in past...





Princess street is a prefect destination for evening walk with numerous western styled cafes, souvenir shops, art galleries and heritage complexes...







A juvenile Lygosoma punctata skink...




Beautiful graffiti at Vasco da Gama square...










You can sit on the benches and watch the ships pass by...






The landmark that causes more public and visitor interest is a series of precolonial Chinese fishing nets on the waterfront...


The Chinese fishing nets are believed to have been introduced by Chinese traders in the early 14th century...






There were more than 100 Chinese fishing nets, though currently only a few remain in working condition...


Sunset through the Chinese fishing nets...


As we headed back, saw beautiful reflections from the boat ride to Marine drive...



The sights and feel of the place was quite enjoyable. Hope you liked the post. Do let me know your thought in the comments section below...


43 comments:

  1. As always, excellent post. Beautiful images.

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  2. Thanks for a very fun and enjoyable post. Your photos are gorgeous. The Chinese fish nets are impressive.That's quite a lot of fish being harvested way back then, almost at a commercial level. I wonder who all the fish were for.

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  3. The street art is gorgeous and I love your wife's flower hair wreath!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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  4. Fabulous photos - as always. My faves are the fishermen and the sunset through the fishing nets.

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  5. I love the series of shots of the fisherman with the net - fabulous!

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  6. You have some really wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing! Wishing you a wonderful week!

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  7. What a great outing, Shiju! Love seeing the fisherman at work, and the Chinese fishing nets, almost looking like sails towards the end of your post! Your skill to put things together, like they belong together, like your wife with the huge wings, is delightful! With her hand on the painting of the camel, reminded me that when our son was in India for a month, visiting his Indian friend's home, rode a camel. Wa so surprise. Did not know India also had camels. Many thanks for sharing this trip with All Seasons, and have a lovely week!

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  8. Lovely photos. My favorites show the fishermen casting their nets. Your pictures show so much motion. Great job.

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  9. Very interesting geographical post. The "lizard" is awesome! Love it!

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  10. Great photos; as always! I just love how you really captured the feel of this place.

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  11. What a nice post loved all the photos very interesting some quaint places too :-)

    Thanks for the tour have a tanfastical week :-)

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  12. Great photos of sights I haven't seen :)

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  13. Amazing series of photos! You captured the Chinese fishing nets so beautifully.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Love your photography. You took us to a lovely visual tour of the place. The sunset through the nets is an incredible shot. Timely and perfectly done.

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  15. This is one interesting place. Lots of history and a ton of things to see and do and you took a lot of great photos.

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  16. Wow. To see aspects of how life was and how life is. You captured some great pieces of history there. Thank you for linking up for life this week. Next week's optional prompt is 47/51 Do You Celebrate “zero” Birthdays? 25/11/19 Hope to see you there. Denyse

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  17. Loved all the pics. Reminded me of our trip to Kochi a few years ago. The Chinese Fishing nets make for a great capture against the sky, no matter if it is dull or bright. Beautiful sunflower shot and a lovely collection of portraits for your wife (Bet she is very pleased with the pictures!) :)

    Happy Wednesday and a great rets of the week, Shiju.
    Cheers
    Esha
    https://theskygirl.com/life-must-go-on-wordlesswednesday/

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  18. Amazing photography as always. I love the fishermen with their nets.

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  19. Brings back memories of my trip ....... nice photos as always Shiju

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  20. A lovely trip you have taken us through. Pretty paintings and the picturesque Chinese fishing nets. And that young couple under the umbrella. :-)

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  21. Shiju,

    What nice photos to share with your blogger pals! My personal favorites are of the two elderly gents playing chess and couple apparently kissing behind a red opened umbrella near the sea. Very artsy! Thanks for visiting and joining my linky party. :)

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  22. I loved reading this Shuji. The fishing photos (people and birds) were wonderful....we like being around water, although we don’t fish it is fun to watch people work (and we are grateful to them!)...... the scenery is beautiful and I liked very much seeing you and your wife enjoying the trip....it makes reading even better!

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  23. Would love to be there to watch the guy with the net to see how he catches the fish. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos.

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  24. What lovely photos of life in your part of the world. I'm loving the net fisherman.

    I'm happy to see your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week!


    My Corner of the World

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  25. Great photos! Lovely! Happy Wednesday and a great week!

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  26. Always nice photos and especially ones of your sweet wife. I think that lizard is so cute! I was in Kerala around 1994. Very beautiful place! Thanks for linking on Amanda’s Books and More!

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  27. Your photography is always so beautiful! Love to see your pix.
    Thanks for linking up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/11/urp.html

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  28. Lovely series of photographs, and especially the one of the sunset behind the fishing nets, just gorgeous.

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  29. wow. so much of interest and many beautiful captures in your post. I love it.

    Kerala! I once had a penfriend from Kerala. But taht was long ago and we could not send photos. Lovely to see.

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  30. Great to see the fisherman at work. I cannot imagine managing that net. I would make a mess out of it. Also, your wife is a beauty. Thanks for linking up today. Fabulous shots, as always.

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  31. Wonderful report & stunning shots! Your wife is so beautiful <3

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  32. stunning sunset through the nets

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  33. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my blog. I always enjoy seeing new visitors! Your photography is absolutely amazing! Have a wonderful week!

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  34. What an unusual lizard, so colourful on the tail. - Margy

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  35. Hello, wonderful series of photos. Your tour and the sights are just beautiful. Your wife looks beautiful posing in the different photos. I like the cute skink and the beautiful egret. ! Awesome photos and post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend.

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  36. These are beautiful photos. The walkway photographs are even more so. Even the fishing nets look graceful. Thank you for sharing a few glimpses of your day. Hope you are having a marvelous weekend.

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  37. Wonderful set of pictures - there is always so much to see when you are by the sea. I wonder who caught more fish, the net men or the heron??

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  38. This is indeed a fascinating, colourful place! I really enjoyed your photographs. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

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