Jet Airways Lounge at COK
The jet airways lounge at Cochin International Airport
Set up as a café with a small buffet and uniformed waiters for serving coffee and tea
This is where an observation came to my mind
All the Indian passengers are fatter than me and all the coolie workers are thinner than me
The well off are fat and not so well off are thin, nothing profound but then again, india is a poor country, with an uneven development
In richer countries the rich tend to be thin and the poor fat, in India the poor was thin and the rich or richer are fat.
A little vegetable salad
And a cappuccino with and another without the cinnamon, but I could taste the machine and the powder.
nice place to wait for your flight
Not far from the Chinese Fishing nets are the stalls where the catch is sold. Anyone who loves fresh, local food sold on the street shouldn't miss these! Buy your dinner at the nets and have it cooked here! A little further along are slightly more substantial hut restaurants with cafe style seating outdoors - see my restaurant tip for more details.
Have a look at the Keralan tourism video link below...
The Chinese Fishing Nets
According to the legend, these nets, used in Kochi, were introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He. They are an example of shore operated lift nets because they are held horizontally by a large fixed structure and periodically lowered into the water.
The entire structure of the Chinese fishing nets is about 10 meters in height. Each fishing net spreads to about 20 meters over the water body and is operated by a team of some six fishermen. As each net has a limited operating depth, there are different fishing nets for operation, depending on the state of the tide.
The net is left into the water for three minutes, before it is raised back by tugging the ropes. The catch is usually modest.
The Kathakali dance is probably one of the most complex dances in the world when it involved all the facial (especially eyes and mouth), body expression to tell the story. Often time, they will spend more than 2-3 minutes just to express one line of scripts. The training for act, music, singing will often take 6-10 years to master.
Although you can see the Kathakali dance many places within the Kelara state, but nothing beat the one at Cochin. It looks like the only activity from 6pm-8:30pm where all the tourists (include me) will be walking to the same direction. That is to the Kathakali Centre.
The make up session and introduction of Kathakali expression & music session is very key for you to understand the play. You will be distribute with a simple scripts that hardly 2 page length, but will take more than an hour to play those scenes.
Kerala.... " Gods own country"
"At a glance...."
Location : Southwestern tip of India
Area : 38, 863 sq km. (1.27% of India's land area)
Mother tongue: Malayalam
Other Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil etc
Religion : Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
Time : GMT +5:30
Currency : Indian Rupee (INR)
Climate : Tropical
Summer : February - May (24 - 330C)
Monsoon : June - September (22 - 280C)
Winter : October - January (22 - 320C)
Tourist Season: October - May
Peak Season: November - January
Thiruvananthapuram(Trivandrum), Kollam (Quilon), Alappuzha(Alleppey), Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur(Trichur), Palakkad(Palghat), Malappuram, Wayanad, Kozhikode(Calicut), Kannur(Cannanore), Kasaragod
Major Cities : Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode
Population : 3,18,38,619
Density of Population : 819 per sq kms
Kerala's Share in the National Population : 3.1 per cent
District Average : 22.74 lakhs (2.274 millions)
Sex Ratio : 1058 women for 1000 men
Literacy Rate : 90.92 per cent
Male Literacy Rate : 94.20 per cent
Female Literacy Rate : 87.86 per cent
Higher Education Universities : 7
Arts and Science Colleges : 286
Physical Quality of Life Index (PQLI)
Physical Quality of Life Index (PQLI):
Kerala has had a commendable record in terms of the Physical Quality of Life Index. Indicators of PQLI like infant mortality (11%), female literacy (87.86%), and life expectancy at birth for males (68.23) and females (73.62), are well above all India levels. The major reason for this achievement is Kerala's focus on the service sector. About 37% of the total annual expenditure of the State is earmarked for health and education. Another reason for this is the existence of a larger network of hospital infrastructure under the Directorate of Health Services with 933 primary health centres and 5094 sub centres
Health Care Infrastructure:
Air: There are three international airports in the state. They are at Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Nedumbassery (Kochi) operates international flights and domestic flights.
Road and Rail : The state is well connected by rail and road.
Major : Kochi
Minor : Beypore (Kozhikode), Alappuzha, Kollam
Kovalam, Varkala, Fort Kochi, Kappad and Bekal
Major Wild Life Sanctuaries:
Thekkady (Periyar), Parambikkulam, Wayanad, Silent Valley, Aralm, Peechi-Vazhani, Chimani, Shenduruny, Idukki, Chinnar, Peppara, Neyyar.
Major Hill Stations:
Ponmudi, Peerumade, Thekkady, Munnar and Wayanad
Farm / Cash Crops:
Rubber, Coffee, Tea, Spices, Pepper, Cashew, Coconut, Arecanut and rice
Marine, Coir, Handicrafts, Spices, Food and other Products
Tourism, Information Technology, Fertilizer, Oil Refining and Power Generation, Ship Buildings, Machine Tools, Electronics, Cables, Rubber.
"History & People"
First mentioned in a third century B.C. rock edict by Emperor Ashoka, Kerala became famous for its spices, especially pepper, among the Greeks and Romans. In the first five centuries of the Christian era it was part of Tamilakam and was under the Chera, Chola and Pandya dynasties. In the First century A.D. came the earliest Jewish immigrants and then the Syrian Orthodox Christians.
Till the Arab traders introduced Islam here in the 8th century the history of Kerala is unclear and hazy. The Kulasekhara dynasty between 800 A.D. and 1200 led to the emergence of Malayalam as a distinct language as well as the practice of Hinduism among a majority of the people.
During the 11th and 12the Centuries the Cogas ruled the area but after the short-lived conquests by Ravi Varma Kulasekhara of South India, warring chieftains took over, the most prominent ones being those of Calicut and Venad.
The arrival of Vasco da Gama in Calicut in1498 put an end to the Arab dominance of trade in the region. Though the Zamorin rulers of Calicut did thwart Portuguese attempts to establish sovereignty, it was the Dutch who ousted them in the next century.
Meanwhile Marhanda Varma ascended the throne at Venad in 1729 and demolished Dutch expansionist designs at the battle of Kolachel 12 years later. Varma modernised his army and expanded his state. His alliance with the weaker Cochin state against the Zamorins helped Cochin to survive. By the beginning of the nineteenth century all the three had become subjects of the expanding British Madras Presidency.
Two years after India became independent in 1947 Travancore and Cochin were united to form the Travancore-Cochin state and with the formation of the linguistic states Malabar also became part of the larger Kerala state.
The most densely populated state in India, the composition of its villages and cities also defies the concept of modern megalopolises. For a visitor Kerala would look like a continuous village merging into major urban and industrial centres like Cananore, Calicut, Alwaye, Cochin, Allepey and Quilon.
The language of the state is Malayalam and the people are mostly of Dravidian ancestory with a smattering of the Indo-European mixture as a result of the so-called Aryan influx. The Aryan trace is quite prominent among the orthodox Nambudiri Brahmins. Traces of the Negrito features of Southeast Asia are evident among the tribal folks that inhabit the mountainous areas.
Though the majority of people are Hindus there is a remarkable coexistence of diverse faiths and even among followers of the many streams of the same faith. There is thus no conflict between devotees of the serpent worshipping Dravidian naga sect and the goddess worshippers or between the followers of Shiva and Vishnu. There is also a small population of adherents to the Jain faith in the far north. There is a small Jewish community in Cochin, which also has an ancient synagogue.
A third of the population belong to Christianity, comprising broadly of the Orthodox Syrian, Roman Catholic and Protestant denominations and each has as many sects within. While Muslims are spread throughout the state, the Mapillas of Malabar constitute the largest Islamic community in Kerala.
"Langauge & Relegion"
The language Malayalam is an example of this absorption. Highly influenced by Sanskrit and Tamil, it has also borrowed extensively from languages like Portuguese and Arabic. Though the majority of the people are adherents to the indigenous Hindu denomination, there are substantial sections which follow the Christian and Islamic faiths. The first apostle of Jesus, St. Thomas, had landed in Kerala. The Arab traders who had been coming to Calicut and other ports of the state also brought the message of Islam as soon as it was propounded in Arabia.