|Bringing in the cords|
We skipped a lie-in to catch the buzz in Kovalam Beach. And we were amply rewarded.
At 7 in the morning the beach was slowly waking from its slumber to another day's call of activities. We strolled the soft sandy beach to look around and snap some pictures.The shops that were colourful with lights the night before were not open.
Luckily we did not miss the colourful scene of the local fishermen on the beach. This will be my best memories of Kovalam Beach, 13 km from Trivandrum where we left our cousin and family to head south. During our entire stay in Kerala, we did not tire of the many delectable varieties of fish which is a staple diet. It was lovely meen for lunch and dinner. Kerala with a long coastline facing the Arabian Sea has a strong fishing population. Fishing is one of the main sources of income for its people. Just to name a few varieties : seer/king fish, seabral (resembling halibut), pearl fish, black pomfret, tuna, indian salmon, pink perch, sardines.
We left Kovalam with loads of lovely images of men at work, resilient and ever -responding to the call of the sea. Definitely seeing their haul ,hopefully the next time round, will complete the picture.
All together - now! It was a lovely sight to see the fishermen in motion, chanting as they pushed and swayed
Tough act to follow. As they earn their livelihood these hardy, harworking fishermen provide shutterbugs with wonderful images of their sea faring activities.
Heave ho! A chain of men , all well - tanned pulling the cords for the catch to land on the beach. We watched with much interest as they synchronised the pulling and tugging. Unfortunately we couldn't stay longer to watch the haul . We had to head for Cape Comerin. Travelling takes time in Kerala as roads can be pretty bad in many stretches.
Ahoy, who'll take me out to sea?
Open for business
Here's where we stayed - Hotel Sea Face - fronting the beach. We arrived just in time to see the sun setting.
Life is a balancing act - much depends on tourist business
We had our lovely dinner of fish and Kerala curries at this outlet. Many attractive shops line the beach.
Life jackets ready for tourists who want to go for speed boat rides