Britishers On Tour of Cochin Backwaters – Old Photo 1895

Britishers On Backwaters of Cochin Tour, 1895 Photo

An old 1895 photo of some Britishers on a tour of the Cochin Backwaters. Two Britishers and locals are standing around. Also visible are a country boat (vallams) and a modern boat that was possibly used by the Britishers. Interestingly the Britisher’s bags are lying on the jetty both seemingly on a lengthy tour.

The inscription on the back reads “Start of backwaters from Trivandrum – 20 miles south of Trichur Mar 1898.” Cochin lies around the south of Trichur, now Thrissur but by road, it is around 70km apart. Since the British had business interests in coffee, tea, teak, and so on. They could have been planters from the estates in Calicut (or Kozhikode), Wayanad, Nilambur, etc, which were then a part of the Malabar region.

Today these towns are part of Kerala state. Kerala had no proper roads or rails in the bygone years. There were no proper bridges to span the countless backwaters and canals. Except for a few occasional bridges or jhunkar services. Traveling intermittently by boat through the backwaters and then by road was the norm back then.

Read about Waterways transport in Kerala. See posts- Map Of Travancore Backwaters & Coast 1866, and Princely State of Cochin And Harbour – Old Map 1833.

Did you know that the geography of Kerala is unique, with the Arabian Sea on one side and the Western Ghat mountain range running parallel on the other side. 

More from the collection- Raja Ravi Varma Oleograph “Vishnu On Sheshnag” Vinolia Soap Advertisement., Fort William Calcutta – Old Postcard 1900., The Gairsoppa Falls or Jog Falls – Old Print 1894

Photo Details

Year -

1898

Photograph Size -

8 x 6 inches

Photographer -

unknown