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Four reasons to head out to Palaikari Aqua Tourism centre The pathway leading inside the aqua tourism centre. Photo: Onmanorama

Are you searching for a place to escape from the sweltering summer sun? Head out to Matsyafed's Aqua Tourism centre situated at Palaikari on the Kottayam – Ernakulam road. Once you turn off the highway and enter the Fisheries Road, you are greeted by the sights and sounds of village life. Pick up your tickets at the entrance and you are all set to explore the peaceful environment

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1) The lake and the farm

There is a long tiled pathway that separates the Vembanad Lake on the left and the fish farm on the right. As you walk down the path, the only sounds you will hear are those of waves lashing the bank, the birds chirping and an occasional motor boat on the waters. There are a couple of multi storied buildings where you can sit and take in the beauty of the place. They also double up as view points – and trust us, the view gets better as you move to the top floor.

Four reasons to head out to Palaikari Aqua Tourism centre The hammocks and seats. Photo: Onmanorama

2) What can you do?

Four reasons to head out to Palaikari Aqua Tourism centre The staff at the centre give you a basic five minute class on rowing. And then you are on your own. Photo: Onmanorama

The tranquil atmosphere allows you to escape from the busy mundane life and spend time with your loved ones. You could just relax at one of those resting places or on the hammocks. The breeze helps beat the heat. You can catch up with your family and friends while lazing on one of the hammocks. Or if you are alone, read a book or watch other people.

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There is a small park – with a couple of swings and a merry-go-round, which will keep the children engaged. You can go boating – try your hand at rowing or hire a pedal boat and test your stamina. If you are going as a group of about 20 people, the centre provides you help in hiring a houseboat to cruise around the islands on Vembanad Lake at an extra cost.

Four reasons to head out to Palaikari Aqua Tourism centre The new restaurant-cum-conference hall, which will be opened in April. Photo: Onmanorama

If you want to try your hand at fishing, the centre offers fishing rods and bait at a nominal amount of Rs 10. However, if you catch a lot of fish, you have to pay for it.

3) Beyond tourism

Prior booking is required if you are planning to go as a group. There is a seminar hall, which you can avail for at an extra charge. Come April, and a new AC restaurant will start functioning at the facility. These days, there are a lot of people who come here for the wedding photo shoot.

Four reasons to head out to Palaikari Aqua Tourism centre The staff casting the net in the evening. Photo: Onmanorama

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4) Food

If you arrive before noon, you have to shell out Rs 200 for entry fee. But the best part is you are entitled to a sumptuous meal with fresh fish - curry or fry- which is caught and cooked at the farm. They also serve other meat on prior request. Alcohol, however is not allowed at the farm.

The clientele

The Palaikari farm, according to the manager K J Samuel, was thrown open to public five years ago. Families and groups of working people frequent this place. It is ideal for get-togethers, for people who would prefer to relax, rather than go on an adventure. They also sell fish pearl spot (Karimeen) and milk fish(Poomeen) early in the morning.

Reaching Palaikari Farm

On the Kottayam €“ Ernakulam road, keep an eye out for Panakal Devi Temple near Kattikunnu. The fisheries road is just opposite the temple.  It is 9kms away from Vaikom and about 22 kms from both Kumarakom and Ernakulam.

Even though Vaikom is the nearest railway station, not all trains stop here. So, it is ideal to get off either at Trippunithura or Kottayam and take a bus to Kattikkunnu. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport about 42kms away.

When to go

The breeze from the Vembanad Lake keeps the place cool most of the time
During rains, you may not be able to enjoy the open air park or the boating facilities

For more information

Details and online booking - http://www.aquatourismbymatsyafed.com/
Contact details - +91 9400993314

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