So here comes the second part of our photography workshop trip to Kochin, Kerala. From our houseboat, we made our way back to the town centre but not before all the lovely staff of the Coconut Lagoon came out to bid us farewell! So nice of the cooks and staff to wave us off.
In town, we made our way to our Kathakali dance experience. The Greenix Village troupe who put on the performance were outstanding! A full explanation of each of the dance items were given in English before the dance began so that the audience of mainly tourists could understand it better. Have to say that the accompanying explanations made the ‘shooting’ experience all the more meaningful.
The following day saw us prodding around the town and basically ‘meeting’ the people of Kochi. A warm and gentle people who are happy going about their daily lives. The first stop was the fishing village to observe the fishermen in their daily lives. Having said that, the other ‘residents’ also included a mixture of birds, cats and dogs, all living harmoniously while the fishermen went about their work.
Next stop – one of the oldest churches in India, St Francis Church. The Church was originally built of timbre and later re-built of bricks, mortar, masonry and a tiled roof. Vasco da Gama, who discovered the sea route between Europe and India was originally buried here. His remains were removed later to Lisbon but the headstone of his grave is still in the Church grounds. In addition to churches in Cochin, one can also find a Jewish Synagogue. I was told that though there aren’t many Jews left in Kochin, those that remain still maintain their traditions as well as their place of worship.
Our walk around also took us to a ‘dhoby’ or local laundry. I remember seeing something like this growing up in Singapore. Suffice to say, that’s why there is a street in Singapore named ‘Dhoby Ghaut’. There’s where the many laundry shops started. Fast forward to modern day, and the manual way of washing is now replaced by machines. No doubt less back breaking but not so colourful!
What a sight indeed. I am going to close with the sunset at the Chinese Fishing Nets. Such a lovely city. A pity that the Indian tourist visa states that one can only visit a couple months after the first visit.