Peeled Tamarind, can be eaten like this.
Tamarind in the pod.
Vanilla is a creeper plant and grows mainly around the trunks of trees in this region.
These can grow up to 40kg and are used in many sweet and savoury dishes of the region.
Dredge work done by hand
Our skilled boatman
The rivers and estuaries are the only means of travel in some areas of Kochi 'backwaters' and not everyone can afford a motorboat.
Fishing for fallen coconuts
Palm tree ladder
Often these ladders are used to ascend the palm tree on a daily basis in order to make wine from the palm tree flowers.
Typical river traffic
A Kerelan houseboat
Many of these boats have airconditioning and mutliple bedrooms.
Smaller backwater canal
Chinese fishing nets, Fort Kochi
Water snakes abound in these tropical waters.
The days offerings, Fort Kochi.
A badly polluted waterway.
The beach, Fort Kochi
Kudle Beach and an Arabian Sea sunset.