Duration of the Visit - 06Hrs 30min
Also called the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the major port of Cochin is spread over both the mainland and several near-shore islands that jut into Lake Vembanad, India’s largest wetland area. Due to its superb natural harbour, the city looks back on a long history as a key trading post and also spent periods under Portuguese, Dutch and British rule – a fact amply reflected in a curious mix of architectural styles.
Your off -shore expérience starts at the village Kumbalangi which is at a distance of 13kms from cochin city. Kumbalangi is the leading model fishing and tourist village in India. A vast stretch of backwater is connected by interlocking waterways to the whole of Kerala, making this an ideal getaway location for tourists from all over the world. What makes it all the more interesting is that this is a virgin landscape, calm, quiet and tranquil and unspoiled by excessive tourism. The friendly inhabitants depend on nature for their survival and work at boat building, coir-processing and fishing. A day in Kumbalangi is memorable... a treat for the eyes and the mind.
After reaching Kumbalangi by bus, approach the boat jetty and board the boat to visit the lunch venue. Our visit includes a cruise in a local boat to Kallanchery, an Island of approx. 500 inhabitants that is some 700 metres long and 150 metres wide. Most of the islanders are engaged in fishing, crab and fish farming and clam-meat processing for their livelihood and the island is surrounded by Chinese fishing nets. Main crops cultivated on Kallanchery are coconut and betel nuts, nutmeg, pepper, vanilla, anthurium, and trees such as teak. You’ll visit a fish farm and will be invited to your host family’s house where a traditional Kerala non-vegetarian lunch has been prepared for you. The delicious lunch is followed by a cultural dance giving you an insight about the history and culture of the God’s own country.
After lunch, what better way to wish goodbye to this tranquil island than a short ride in a tuk tuk back to the coaches waiting outside the village. On your way back to the port, visit St.George Parish and proceed towards the port. With this your trip comes to a close.
We recommend passengers to wear hats, sunscreen lotion, mosquito repellent lotion and loose cotton attire. Boats are not suitable for wheelchairs or physically challenged passengers. The cruise duration may vary depending on the tide and the water level in the canals.
Visitors are expected to dress modestly in unrevealing attire during village visits. At the lunch venue alcoholic drinks may not be served.