Rediscovering Kozhikode - Chombala Harbour

At Chombala harbour

"A fairy went a-marketing, She bought a little fish...". Do you remember this poem? :) I went to buy fishes too!

It was my first time visit to Chombala fishing harbor, Kozhikode District, though it's somewhat near to my home town. The harbor is located between Vadakara and Mahe. Being a pescetarian, I was delighted to watch how the freshly caught seafood is treated. When I reached there, the spot was already crowded. A lot of people were waiting for the trawlers to arrive and unload their fish and the fishermen were in high spirits to show off their catch of the day.

People waiting

Mackerels, Mackerels everywhere! It was a day of Mackerels though many other fishes were found in the harbor market. I could see fishermen lifting  carts full of fishes and transferring it to ice boxes to send it to the market outside from where it is delivered to hundreds of people everyday . It's actually very cheap to buy fishes from here.


Bargains progressed and sales were made even as more and more boats gently floated up and from the depths of the vessels, huge catches of fish shoveled out. People began running towards it with small baskets and plastic crates and filled it hastily; which are then passed on to the salesmen on the harbor. They sell these fresh goods according to the ongoing bargains and the activity went on until all the goods are taken up by the middle men or customers. 

Fishing Boats

I saw lot many people buying fish for their household who were pleased to get them at such a reasonable rate. So  did we and got a basket full of mackerel on a good bargain. While the sun was high and hot we left the place thinking about the recipes to be tried. 


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