Photographer's Note

Kerala - Kattoor - The leaning house on 'Secret Beach'

Allappuzha (Alleppey), the centrally located town in the backwaters, also has a beach at the Arabian Sea.
But due to strong currents swimming is discouraged.

My homestay's family had recommended two other places by the sea: Marari and Kattoor.

Because I made the trip from Alappuzha to Kochi by auto rickshaw (public transport was striking that day and I had already booked my accommodation in Kochi), I decided to stop at both places.

Marari is the busier visited beach, both by Indian holiday makers and by foreigners.
You can also see many fishermen there and their colourful boats. But I found the beach very dirty, even by Indian standards.

The beach in Kattoor is also called the ‘secret beach’.
The name itself seemed very attractive to me. I didn’t meet any other beach goer there.
There were just a few fishermen and a dozen colourful boats on the beach. More boats were still on the sea.
The long beach with lots of white sand was lined with palm trees.
I've walked a lot on the long beach and it seemed quite heavenly until a certain moment I found myself among the fishing boats and suddenly there was a group of dogs (six to eight) that didn’t like my visit ...

Wild barking they ran quickly to me and I was convinced they wanted to bite.
I have already experienced similar situations in other third world countries and was able to place my back very quickly against a boat while I held my daypack in front of me and waved with it back and forth.
The dogs kept some distance while they continued growling and barking.
In no time paradise had changed into a dangerous situation.
Then a fisherman came to rescue. Apparently someone who the dogs had already seen and he was able to chase them away.

Another illusion less about heavenly places on earth ... and I decided to go back to the auto rickshaw to continue the trip :(

I cannot say anything about the crooked building. But I thought it was worth a picture.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4971 W: 17 N: 11923] (48168)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-01-07
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2019-09-09 10:42
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Points: 42
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