Kanakakunnu, Muthukulam South, Alapuzha Dist

A fisherman washes the Mussels he's just plucked from the lake bed.

Mussels or Kalumakai as it's known in Kerala is a local favourite and this man picks it up just outside his doorstep. He sells most of his catch but these are going straight home to be served for dinner.

Though this picture was shot in Central Travancore, here's an interesting mussel recipe from North Malabar: Arikaduka

This the Kayankulam lake. The less explored part of the famous Kerala backwater houseboat tourism circuit centred around Aleppey. It's to the south of Aleppey, half way to Quilon. This narrow sliver of a lake running along the coast is brackish. The backwaters are Estaurial and is fed by many little rivers flowing in from the hills to the East.

Thankfully, this part of the lake is pretty clean even though a coal fired Thermal Plant can be seen a few miles to the North.

Pack up and heading home with what he plucked in less than an hour.


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