05 août 2011
Chinese Fishing Nets Fort Kochi Beach lined with Chinese Fishing nets is a major touristic spot of Cochin. The Vasco-da-gama square is crowded with tourists & locals to get the spectacular sight of these nets at sunset.History reveals that Cochin had trade links with China & Arab Countries for more than 2000 years. These Fishing Nets (Cheena Vala) were introduced by Chinese explorer Zheng He in the 14th centuary, during the reign of Kublai Khan.These cantilevered nets are erected on the land. They are made of... [Lire la suite]
29 mai 2011
Virgin's BowerVirgin's bower / Clematis recta is another fragrant flower in my Mom's garden. They used to sprawl over nearby plants & produce clusters of star shaped, heavily scented flowers. In Kerala it's called "bridal bouquet".
22 mai 2011
Mahe Riverside RevampedA riverside pathway is constructed on the banks of Mahe river (Mayazhi river) . For the time being it starts from the Tagore Park to the Mahe bridge. The project is to construct upto Mahe water complex ( Mahe Para). Walking along this pathway, one can admire Mahe river, its estuary & the beautiful sunset !The Mahe Bridge connects this ancient French colony to Tellicherry (former British colony).
11 mai 2011
10 mars 2011
Kochi Marine Drive Marine Drive of Cochin is a 1.75 km walkway on the banks of the Vembanad Lake which stretches from the Jankar Jetty to the Ernakulam Main Jetty It passes through two bridges- Rainbow bridge & Chinese fishing net bridge. This waterfront promenade is paved with coloured tiles & vehicles are strickly prohibited. All along the way there are several boat jetties, Indira Priyadarshini Childrens Park, Subhash Chandrabose Park & a public ground Rajendra Maidan. The road... [Lire la suite]
06 mars 2011
Crow Pheasant The Greater Coucal / Crow Pheasant (Centropus sinensis) are commonly found in Indian subcontinent. The characterestics of this bird is that they have black head & tail, coppery brown wings & red eyes. Hindus consider this as a "Bird of Good Luck " because in their epic Mahabharatha it's stated that Kuchelan saw this bird on his way to Dwaraka.Tale of Sudhama & Lord KrishnaLord Krishna & Sudhama (Kuchelan) were best friends at Gurukulam. Later Lord... [Lire la suite]
03 mars 2011
Hop on to the ferries to explore the Islands of Ernakulam. There are two Govt. owned ferry stations - Ernakulam Main Boat Jetty (nr the Railway Station ) & other near the High Court. Ferry service is from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Ferries from the Ekm Main Jetty takes you to Mattancherry & Fort Kochi where as the ferries from the High Court Jetty takes you to Vypeen & Bolghatty Islands.
01 mars 2011
07 février 2011
Mattancherry Palace Mattancherry Palace is a quadrangular (nalukettu) two storey building constructed by Portuguese in 1555 A.D . It was a gift given by the Portuguese to the Raja of Kochi -Veera Kerala Varma. In 1663 during Dutch invasion, it was completely renovated & hence came to be called as Dutch Palace. A small temple is located in the inner court of the palace & is dedicated to Goddess Pazhayannur Bhagavathy - protective Goddess (Kuladaivam) of the Rajas of Kochi.In the palace premises there are... [Lire la suite]
07 février 2011