India - Part 3 Kovalam (Kerala) & Goa (Palolem)

Having spent two solid weeks travelling into the beautiful mountains around Munnar and Periyar it was time to get back to the coast in Kerala. Seafood I was missing, and the sea breeze which helped a bit with the stifling heat and humidity.

Kovalam was the next stop and I was looking forward to heading down to the beachside restaurants to see what the catch of the day was. Here are some images from first up Kovalam beach.

 

 

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 Slapping the water is to drive the fish into the back of the net as they are dragged onto the beach, it stops the fish escaping out of the sides and front of the nets. This was done very energetically and soulfully with chanting, singing and laughing.

Slapping the water is to drive the fish into the back of the net as they are dragged onto the beach, it stops the fish escaping out of the sides and front of the nets. This was done very energetically and soulfully with chanting, singing and laughing.

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 Puffer fish found washed up on the beach, apparently they take a few hours to deflate. Incredible looking creatures they are, glad I didn't step on it.

Puffer fish found washed up on the beach, apparently they take a few hours to deflate. Incredible looking creatures they are, glad I didn't step on it.

 These guys spend hours on end diving for muscles off the headland rocks for not much glory, very persistent doing this every morning for a small haul of muscles.

These guys spend hours on end diving for muscles off the headland rocks for not much glory, very persistent doing this every morning for a small haul of muscles.

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After a week around Kovalam I decided to check out Goa before I headed up north to visit a friend in Kolkata. Palolem beach was one that a few people had mentioned to me so thats where I headed.

 

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