Legend has it that the famous Chinese explorer, Zheng He, introduced the Chinese Fishing Nets (Cheenavala) to the fishermen in Kochi over 500 years ago. Even though he’d leave, these would become staple sights in these parts. The Chinese fishing nets, or Cheenvala for the locals, have attracted visitors for centuries.
Dawn and dusk is when one can see the Cheenvala in action. Local fishermen operate one of these nets which are constructed of bamboo and teak poles. Their design is unique, enabling only one person pulling at the main plank to be able to drag it into the sea. Certain teak poles have lights on them that are supposed to attract fish. Watching these majestic nets being suspended in mid- air, row upon row, is a truly spellbinding experience.