Mattancherry Backwater Cruise
Mattancherry… To those who grew up in the viscera of Cochin (or Kochi as it is now known), the historical port town located in India’s beautiful tropical State, Kerala, Mattancherry was where nothing ever happened. Sleepy, laid-back, conservative…are some of the adjectives that would best describe this trading hub that lay in the western side of Cochin.
Ease India Travel explored the Mattancherry backwaters on a ferry hired through Hotel Fort House on a sultry November morning. As the sky cleared, we were able to capture the stunning beauty of the backwaters (“The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state”: Wikipedia), the churches and temples that dot the landscape, the famous Chinese Fishing nets and the crisscrossing water bodies.
Boats ferrying people from one island to another are the lifelines in this part of the world and it is in wonderment we saw how innovation helped man and machine reach their destinations…
Mattancherry Backwater Cruise on LenSsence…
We are on the way…
A church along the backwaters
First glimpse of Chinese Fishing Nets
Catch of the day!
Created with two boats, a platform and motor… Indian ‘Jugaad’ at its best!
Chinese Fishing Nets – a legacy of Portuguese settlers from Macau!
1000 year old Shiva temple at Mulavukadu
Ancient bell with intricate engraving in Malayalam
Durga temple in the same compound
Rudraksha offerings to the Rudraksha tree
Weigh Scale that is used during festivals for offerings
The magnificently beautiful coastline
A houseboat docked in off-season
Little church on the coast
New buildings appear on the coastline
Fisherman sets off for the day
Temple on the coast
Inside the backwaters
The Mattancherry Backwaters in their glory!
Our boat speeds away…
Approaching the open sea…
Lifeline to many in this part of the country – the local ferry service: Fast, efficient and safe!
Fisherman docking boat to lower his nets
Colourful boats docked on the jetty…awaiting their turn to return to the sea
Boats have intimate names…
Lifeline of the city…local ferries…
Heading to the hotel jetty from where we embarked on the tour
The Fort House hotel jetty at Mattancherry