"Rise, brothers, rise; the wakening skies pray to the morning light,
The wind lies asleep in the arms of the dawn like a child that has cried all night.
Come, let us gather our nets from the shore and set our catamarans free,
To capture the leaping wealth of the tide, for we are the kings of the sea!
No longer delay, let us hasten away in the track of the sea gull's call,
The sea is our mother, the cloud is our brother, the waves are our comrades all.
What though we toss at the fall of the sun where the hand of the sea-god drives?
He who holds the storm by the hair, will hide in his breast our lives. - Sarojini Naidu"
Cherai Beach -"The Princess of the Arabian Sea" a beautiful stretch of golden beach, an azure sky, and a warm clean sea, all combine to tempt you to take a dip and unwind. The newly beautified 400m of central beach has a walkway, high mask lamps, and trained security staff, making the beach enjoyable even at night. With beach beds and umbrellas available for hire, Cherai Beach is a pleasant and convenient place to stay, swim and sunbath.
There is another beach situated at the northern end of Cherai Beach called Munambam beach (Muziris Golden Beach) where the River Periyar flows into the Arabian Sea. It is a perfect place to sit and enjoy the views, and watch local fishermen in their traditional canoes and colourful boats. Cycling through this entire stretch of beach road and interior lagoons will be an experience one cannot miss. Cycles are available for hire.
Another attraction around that area is the Chinese fishing nets. The nomenclature of Chinese fishing nets suggests that it has its origin in China. It was introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He. From Vypeen islands to Fort Kochi the entire stretch are beautifully lined with these Chinese nets.
Chinese fishing nets in Cochin are locally known as "Cheenavala" are suspended in the mid air all along the coast. The nets are set up on bamboo or teak poles and are basically fixed land installations. These nets are horizontally suspended over the sea, giving an appearance of huge hammock. For balance, these nets are counter balanced by stones tied to ropes. Each net spreads over an area of about 20 meters.
The technique of fishing by Chinese fishing nets differs from the technique of ordinary fishing nets. While fishing by Chinese fishing nets, the nets are submerged into the sea, kept for a few minutes and raised delicately at a time by six fishermen. All of these six fishermen must maintain the balance while picking the net out of water. Chinese fishing net is used a symbol to represent the Cochin in the tourism sector.
Muziris was a major financial centre and seaport according to historical records. Ancient papyrus records show that the Muziris trade dated around 2000 years back when black pepper and other aromatic spices were exported to Rome from Muziris via Egypt. In those times the world's attention fell on Muziris when it excelled in business, farming, fishing, education and craftworks.
The Kerala State Government has launched a Muziris Heritage Project together with the Union Government and local-self-government bodies. Following places will come under the Muziris Heritage Tour. Please let us know if you wanted to experience the half a day muziris heritage tour.
The Munambam fishing harbor is one of the major Fishing harbors in India with more than 1000 fishing boats operating from it many types of seafood are exported from here to Europe and other destinations. Fishing is the main source of income in this area, providing a livelihood to more than 20,000 local people. Nearby the harbor you can visit several boat building yards with the best time to visit being early morning and late afternoon. The entry fee is Rs.2 per head.
Narakkal (Njarakkal) matyafed Fish Farm is situated in Vypeen (Vypin) island of Ernakulam district with an area of 18.4 Hectors. The aqua tourism project provides tourists with the opportunity to experience fishing. Boating through the canals and tasty fish dishes are served as additional attractions. If you are travelling from Cherai, turn right on the njarakkal hospital junction towards Narakkal arattuvazhi kadalpuram you will see Fish farm on the Left side contact 0484- 2493864.
Kerala, known as ‘God’s own country’ has its own textile tradition. Kerala saris are symbolic of the Kerala culture and tradition and is not seen anywhere else in India You can visit the chennamangalam weaving center to see the special kind of weaving and pick a fabric of your choice as a memory of your visit.
Real Happiness is not complicated at all, if we know how to utilize it. Basic simple things in life and existing natural resources are more than valuable in itself.
We need only time and space to feel, touch, and treasure it!
Fisherman’s Nest welcomes you to experience a memorable vacation……