The authorities decided that the best location for the Indo-Norwegian Project was Kerala State (originally known as Travancore and Cochin States), along the southeast coast of the country. Kerala was known for its rich fishing grounds and its large fishing population. This photograph provides a view of one of its traditional fishing villages, shaded by a plantation of coconut trees.
Many traditional fishing canoes are seen on the beach; on the left, we also see the rear ends of a few beach-landed boats introduced by the Norwegians. During the first phase of the project (1953 to 1957), the effort was to modernise and motorise beach-landing craft, which most fishers were using.
Source: Klausen, Arne Martin (1968) Kerala Fishermen and the Indo-Norwegian Pilot Project. Oslo/London: Norwegian University Press/Allen & Unwin. Photograph probably dated 1960/61.