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Kumbalangi

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Kumbalanghi

The natural splendours at Kumbalangi provide an insight into the life and activities at a Kerala fishing village. The coastal hamlet is characterised by Chinese fishing nets that jut into the lagoon. The sight of adept fishermen hoisting the submerged Chinese nets from the lagoon that surrounds the village on all four sides is worth watching.

More than a tourist spot, Kumbalangi is a fishing village that allows you to savour its delicious traditional cuisine and rich cultural heritage. The simple and prosperous lifestyle of this picturesque village is sure to attract tourists towards Kumbalangi, the first model tourism village of its kind. Places like Kallancheri and Aanjilithara make a lasting impression on the minds of the tourists.

Apart from using Chinese fishing net, cast net and hand net, natives use specialised techniques in prawn farming and shellfish harvesting. Kumbalangi is almost synonymous with Pokkali farming which is an organic way of cultivation usually done in water logged areas. The farmers alternate between rice and fish or prawns, based on the salinity of the water.

'Pokkali' rice fields, mangroves, coconut plantations, areca nut palms and rare medicinal herbs adore the lush green village. Tourists are sure to love its peaceful air.

Nearby Travel

  • Puthuvype
  • Kochi
  • Fort Kochi
  • Njarackal and Malipuram
  • Mangalavanam
  • Areeckal

Major Attractions

  • Village life
  • Chinese fishing nets
  • Pokkali farming

How to reach there

  • Nearest bus station: Located in the suburbs of Kochi, Kumbalangi is easily accessible by road. Both private and KSRTC buses ply between Kochi and Kumbalangi. By traveling about six kilometers from Aroor junction through Perumpadappu, one can reach Kumbalangi.

  • Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, which is about 25 kms from Kumbalangi.
  • Nearest airport: Nedumbassery airport

Best time to visit

This farming village can be visited year round.

Travel tips

  • The informal, comfortable and affordable home stay facility offered by the cordial villagers is great for those who want to breathe in some rustic air. Recognized by the District Tourism Promotion Council, the homestays let the tourists enjoy the tranquil village ambiance, away from the din of the city.
 
  • Try the rich exotic local cuisine of Kumbalangi which includes Kerala style shellputtu (chirattaputtu), boiled rice ball (kozhukatta), crab curry, fish fry, prawn delicacies, duck roast, shellfish curry, to name a few.

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