|A Beypore Uru, sailboat, in the making .. courtesy The Hindu.|
These boats are wonderful crafts made by tying together plates of wood; Coir is used to bind the pieces together. In recent times the craft picked up again when rich arabs started using these boats as a status symbol and started using them as yachts(of course by fitting them with motors). Then these craftsmen were bought en-mass and taken to Dubai and they started making the boats there. But now I heard the craftsmen have come back to Beypore.
The place where these boats are made is a beautiful point; it is made at the estuary of Beypore puzha. There is a light house across on the opposite side(btw the opposite bank is called Chaliyar) . When the fresh water from the river pushes out to the sea we get to see the formation of a lot of silver crested waves way out into the sea. (courtesy Rajesh KTS, CET86)
A terrific blog by Purnima Ranganath of Bangalore taking us through the North of Kerala historical sites .. Special mention of Beypore ..
Another blog of Beypore by malayali from Dubai .
Another blog on Beypore .. http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/887a2/
Another blog giving info on uru and boats from different parts of the world including Egypt, Babylon and Thor Heyerdahl's experiments..