Kochi is one of the most popular travel destinations in South India. An increasing number of people book cheap flights from San Francisco to Kochi (SFO to COK) and visit this fantastic place. Lush greenery, pristine lakes and beautiful historical marvels, you will find all this and much more in Kochi. Book last minute flights provided by Indian Eagle travel agency if you do not have time to book flights in advance. They offer discounted airfares all through the year so you can book them any time convenient to you. The ‘Chinese fishing nets’ of Kochi are one of its main tourist attractions. People often travel to Kochi on business class flights to witness these unique contraptions at work on the beaches of Fort Kochi.
While it is widely believed that these nets were introduced in Kochi by Chinese explorer Zheng He sometime in the 14th century, there are others who attribute them to Chinese traders during Kublai Khan’s reign in the 13th century. Whatever the real story of origin, the nets have remarkably continued to be in use even today. The sight of these is truly incredible indeed and one you must experience for sure when visiting on cheap flights from San Francisco to Kochi (SFO to COK). The name ‘Chinese fishing nets’ is more common in India as people back then attributed it as a contraption introduced by the Chinese. The more formal name of these type of nets is generally ‘shore operated lift nets.’ Arguably among the most photographed fishing nets in the world, to see the nets at work is a stunning sight indeed.
How it works
The Chinese nets function on the principle of balance and are made of bamboo poles and teak wood. The structure is fixed to the beach and each is about 10 m high with a cantilever attached to the net. The net is spread over about 20 m or so. Usually, stones are used as counterweights where they are tied to the ropes which work the net. Sometimes, lights are attached to the edge to attract the fish. It takes about four to six men to operate this net and is an amazing sight to behold. Book cheap flights from San Francisco to Kochi (SFO to COK) and come see this amazing sight. The net is descended into the water by a man weighing just enough to perfectly balance the pole by walking on it, and left in the water for a few minutes. By pulling the ropes it is brought out of the water again. You can volunteer to help the fishermen work their nets and they will gladly take your help to lessen some of their burden. You can buy fresh catch from them once the nets are in, and only a short distance away you will find several eateries which will cook your catch for you for a nominal fare. Incredible indeed!
The Chinese nets are a stunning tourist attraction you must experience when you visit on cheap flights from San Francisco to Kochi (SFO to COK). You can click amazing pictures as well, especially when the sun goes down as the nets look even more beautiful with the sun setting at the back. However, if you wish to try your hand at casting one of these nets, then visit early in the daytime. You can book cheap flights to Chennai as well which is also in South India and another great place to visit.
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