Keralapix Photography and Video

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

From my Photo Archive - Archaic town of Mattancherry - March 2009

The streets of Jew Town, Mattancherry, Kerala

Mattancherry is an old town in the western part of Kochi in Ernakulam district of Kerala near to Fort Kochi. It lies about 10 kilometres from Cochin city that is accessible by road and water. Earlier Mattancherry was the trade centre of central Kerala especially spices like pepper and cardamom from cultivations of high range districts such as Idukki. The main attractions of Mattancherry are Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace Museum, Gowd Saraswat Brahmin samaj temples including the Venkatraman temple, a Jain's Temple and innumerable number of antique shops.

Jewish Synagogue

Antiques, Curios & Handicrafts shops of Mattancherry



Idols of Hindu gods displayed at an antique shop


Old Buildings, Mattanchery


Dutch Palace, Mattancherry

Mattancherry Palace with its medieval charm is located at Palace Road, Mattancherry near to boat jetty. It was built by the Portuguese and presented to Veera Kerala Varma, Raja of Kochi, in 1555 AD. The splendour of the palace depends on the large number of murals, carried out in the traditions of Hindu temple art.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fishing Harbour, Vypeen, Ernakulam from my Photo Archive 20170323

Vypeen Fishing Harbour near Ernakulam (2007).

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Banana Market, Central Kerala from my Photo Archive 20170322

View of one of the largest wholesale banana markets in central Kerala, Ernakulam. Varieties of bananas that come here as raw for trade are Ethan (Nendran), Jnali Poovan, Palayamkodan, Chenkadali, Poovan Pazham & Robusta (Chingan). Nendran banana is considered the best for manufacturing yellow banana chips, the famous snack of Kerala. Every morning banana trucks arrive here mostly from fields in Tamil Nadu and high range regions of Kerala. Bananas are off-loaded here and sold by weight to retail buyers. Although I photographed these 10 years ago, one can see the same spectacle even today without any major changes.

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