With the ecotourism village concept in Kumbalangi, a small sleepy village near Kochi, proving to be a huge hit, Kerala is planning to add more spots into the coveted ecotourist destination list.
Online PR News – 16-July-2010 – – With the ecotourism village concept in Kumbalangi, a small sleepy village near Kochi, proving to be a huge hit, Kerala is planning to add more spots into the coveted ecotourist destination list. Munnar will be the next in the list to be developed into a world class ecotourist destination.
Kumbalangi is a small fishing hamlet that spreads over an area of 7 square kilometers. The Kumbalangi project, started in 2003 is envisaged to ensure the protection of the fragile ecosystem of the village. Construction activities of resorts ,walkways and other activities that might harm the ecosystem of the village is prohibited here. There are over 100 working Chinese fishing nets facimg the backwaters in this village that form a perfect backdrop for snapshots! The artist’s village of Kalagraamam that displays handicrafts and fishing equipments is another major tourist attraction.
The main economic stay of the village is fish farming though rice farming and toddy tapping are also taken up by many for a living. The Pokkali farming, is something exceptional to this village. This cropping pattern involves growing rice for the first six months followed by fish for the next six months when the fields get flooded during the rains; and it is being revived to its original glory. Only environmnent friendly activities are permitted in this village. It is the first village in the state to have its own waste management system and has about 600 biogas plants.The lush green mangrove forests which separate the land from the sea prevent soil erosion and serve as breeding grounds for fishes, crustaceans and other aquatic animals besides playing a great role in safeguarding its fishing wealth .
There are many homestays that provide comfortable stay and great Kerala cuisine. Some of the popular outdoor lesiure activities in this eco tourist destination include boat rides, bait fishing and village tours.
Mr. Venu K Nair “ Marketing Head of Karma Kerala, a popular tour planner in South India had this to say” Kumbalangi ecotourist village has become a permanent feature of most of the Kerala holiday itinereries and the success saga of Kumbalangi village will be a trend setter for the other Kerala villages to follow the suit. Tourists who like to watch the village life go by in its original laid back charm would find Kumbalangi as the best representation of Kerala charm and it can be a great stress buster as well.
Karma Kerala is one of the most reputed travel operators in Kerala with sales counters in Edinburgh and UK to handle holiday plans of both foreign and domestic tourists.