Chowara is a small fishing community in Kerala. While tourism has come to the area, bringing visitors from elsewhere in India and further afield, it remains unspoiled and still focused on that traditional mainstay of its economy, the fish.
Its beach is both ‘seaside’ and place of work, as I described in an earlier post about the Fishermen of Chowara. Above the beach sit a handful of hotels and the small village itself. Our hotel lay right next to the village, so it was easy one morning to forsake the lure of the pool and take a stroll with our cameras. Especially as I’ve never been one to spend my holidays lying flat out baking in tropical sun!
As everywhere in India, in my experience, the friendly locals took no issue with my camera, and several willingly posed. Sights such as a small Hindu shrine, different foods on display in the shops, traditional scales and weights, and the people themselves; all are everyday things to them, and it must seem strange that we find them ‘exotic’ enough to photograph. But then, I am often surprised at the things I see tourists photographing in London, where my everyday is their exotic.
For this week’s Monday Walk with Jo let me share with you my favourite images from that walk.
Let’s start with those tolerant/friendly locals:
As elsewhere in Kerala, the Christian faith is strong here:
But sits comfortably alongside Hinduism:
The shops are practical ones, selling food and household essentials, but there is a money exchange too, a sign that tourists can’t be far away:
I visited Kerala in 2017