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          The Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, located in the Kochi city of Kerala, make up a very popular tourist attraction. They are fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing. Operated from the shore, these nets are set up on bamboo and teak poles and held horizontally by huge mechanisms, which lower them into the sea. They look somewhat like hammocks and are counter-weighed by large stones tied to ropes




          Each structure is at least 10 m high and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen.




          Each installation has a limited operating depth. Consequently, an individual net cannot be continually operated in tidal waters. Different installations will be operated depending on the state of the tide.


 

          It was earlier thought that the nets might have been introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He. Recent research shows that these were introduced by Portuguese Casado settlers from Macau



          The Chinese fishing nets have become a very popular tourist attraction, their size and elegant construction is photogenic and the slow rhythm of their operation is quite hypnotic. In addition, catches can be purchased individually and need be taken only a short distance to a street entrepreneur who will cook it.The net is left into the water for a short time; say for four-five minutes, before it is raised back by tugging the ropes. The catch is usually modest, but these can be sold to the passersby in a jiffy. The Chinese Fishing Nets of Cochin are said to have their origin in China. This is not totally impossible, as China is located at a distance of 5,000 km from Kochi and the city has always been an important center for trade, attracting traders and seafarers from far and near.




     Nearest Tourist Places in Ernakulam




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     Location


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 Nearest Airport:

 Cochin International Airport

 Road :

 From Airport to spot(45.6 km, 1 hours 12 mins )


   Directions :






1. Head north on Airport Rd/Domestic Terminal Rd
           450 m

2. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit
           180 m

3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Airport Rd Pass by State Bank of India (on the right in 300 m)
           4.6 km

4. Turn left at Athaani Airport Jct onto Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy Pass by BP Petrol Pump (on the left in 15.5 km)
           16.9 km

5. Turn left at Edapally Station Kavala to stay on Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy Pass by Punjab National Bank (on the left in 2.7 km)
           9.9 km

6. Turn right at Kundannoor Jct onto Kochi - Dhanushkodi Rd/Kundannoor Willington Island Rd Continue to follow Kundannoor Willington Island Rd Pass by Tristar Residency (on the left)
           5.4 km

7. Turn left at Cochin Port Jct onto Thoppumpady BOT Bridge
           700 m

8. Turn right at BOT Bridge Jct onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/Aroor-Thoppumpady Rd Continue to follow Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd Pass by State Bank of Travancore (on the left)
           900 m

9. Turn left at Muthu Medicals onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/P T Jacob Rd Pass by State Bank of India (on the left)
           1.7 km

10. Turn right onto K.J. Herschel Rd Pass by SNC Maritime Museum (on the left in 2.8 km)
           3.4 km

11. Slight right at Fort Heritage Hotel onto Elphinstone Rd
           170 m

12. Slight left at St John De Britto Anglo Indian High School onto Bishop Kureethara Rd
           91 m

13. At KWA Tank, continue onto Ridsdale Rd
           230 m

14. Turn right
           84 m

15.Spot





     Location




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 Nearest Railway station:

 Ernakulam South Railway Station

 Road :

 From Ernakulam South Railway Station to spot(14.1 km, 30 mins )


   Directions :





1. Head south on S Railway Station Rd
           150 m

2. Turn left to stay on S Railway Station Rd Pass by Tourist Land Tour & Travel (on the left)
           280 m

3. Turn left at South Jct onto Chittoor Rd Pass by Pioneer Placements & Services (on the left)
           400 m

4. Turn left at Valanjambalam Jct onto Ettumanoor - Ernakulam Rd/Sahodaran Ayyappan Rd
           38 m

5. Sharp right at Valanjambalam Jct to stay on Ettumanoor - Ernakulam Rd/Sahodaran Ayyappan Rd Pass by Medical Trust Hospital Out-Patient Block (on the left)
           180 m

6. Turn left at Pallimukku Jct onto Mahatma Gandhi Rd Pass by HSBC Bank (on the left)
           2.1 km

7. Continue onto Vikranth-Venduruthy Bridge
           850 m

8. Continue onto Old NH 47
           1.4 km

9. Turn left to stay on Old NH 47
           600 m

10. At Cochin Port Jct, continue onto Thoppumpady BOT Bridge
           650 m

11. Turn right at BOT Bridge Jct onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/Aroor-Thoppumpady Rd Continue to follow Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd Pass by State Bank of Travancore (on the left)
           900 m

12. Turn left at Muthu Medicals onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/P T Jacob Rd Pass by State Bank of India (on the left)
           1.7 km

13. Turn right onto K.J. Herschel Rd Pass by SNC Maritime Museum (on the left in 2.8 km)
           3.4 km

14. Slight right at Fort Heritage Hotel onto Elphinstone Rd
           170 m

15. Slight left at St John De Britto Anglo Indian High School onto Bishop Kureethara Rd
           91 m

16. At KWA Tank, continue onto Ridsdale Rd
           230 m

17. Turn right
           84 m

18.Spot



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