An exquisite fishing hamlet on an island lying in the backwaters around Cochin, Kumbalangi is India’s very first ecotourism village. Popularly known as Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village, this island is situated 15 km away from Cochin. This lush green village of Cochin with its antique culture and heritage attracts hordes of tourists all over the country every year. Spread over an area of 16 sq. km in Kerala, this village is unique in the way it has maintained its beauty, serenity, tradition, and culture to the fullest extent and is the home of fishermen, farmers, laborers, and toddy tappers. Confined by serene backwaters, this village has a ring of Chinese fishing nets and local paddy cultivation. This place also offers an alluring glimpse of the wealthy livelihood of the villagers.
Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village is a one-of-a-kind initiative that promotes biodiversity and it boasts of its rich flora and fauna which has become one of its major attractions. An array of mangroves separates this village from water and provides for a good breeding ground for prawns, crabs, oysters and small fish.
Kumbalanghi Integrated Tourism Village is blessed with many natural wonders and the people who visit here are treated to many a rare treat. This place provides tourists a wonderful opportunity to relax, refresh and rejuvenate with the bountiful green, serene and pollution-free atmosphere and at the same time to experience the natural and traditional village activities carried out on the Island. One can get the opportunity to enjoy the serenity of the backwater, the hospitality and the love of the innocent villagers here. Tourists can feel great with the added flavor of security and warmth of “being in a home”.
Surrounded by backwater, the place has ample scope of boat rides. The traditional wooden country boats here are best to get an old-world feel. With activities like fishing and boat cruising, this Island offers exotic and adventurous activities to the visitors. Canoeing along the tiny streams crisscrossing the place on canoes or traditional kochuvallam is a great experience that visitors will never forget. The village resorts here offer a romantic getaway for the couples. Visitors can take a quick family vacation in these village resorts. While in Kumbalangi, one can also enjoy the local delicacies prepared by families staying here. Visitors can even visit some other nearby places such as Kalagramam, Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, Thrippunithura, and many more during their trip to Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village.
How To Reach Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village:
Kumbalangi, being just 15 km away from Cochin, the commercial capital of Kerala, is blessed with good connectivity.
• By air: Cochin International Airport is 45 km away from Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village. As Cochin is well connected by air to all major cities in India and abroad, this would be the best way to travel.
• By train: Ernakulam junction, the nearest railway station, is just 12 km from Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village. Trains are best for those interested to capture a slice of common man’s life.
• By road: From Cochin, hop on to any bus leading to Kumbalangi and one can there in 15 minutes.
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