Ernakulam District, Kerala
Kumbalanghi spells lazy days, nature days, by-the-water days... soaking in a patchworked blue-green landscape of open sea, backwaters and canals, mangroves, tilled land and coconut plantations.
Kumbalanghi also spells ethnic food days... savour traditional fare served on banana leaves: steaming rice with kalian , a spiced butter milk gravy, olan or white pumpkins, potatoes and coconut in whey, erisseri , jackfruit in a thick peppery base and payasam , rice cooked in milk flavoured with cardamom, ending the meal on a sweet note. For sea food lovers, there are lots of tempting fish recipes...fried, steamed and curried...
This tiny island village offers an easy getaway, being well connected to mainland Kochi. The island's host community covers a population of 29,000 Christians and Hindus, who speak Malayalam and English... and who live a simple, hardworking but prosperous life that draws equally on environment and tradition.
See & Do
Test your skills at traditional fishing techniques: catching crabs by hand, trapping fish in coconut leaf cages, operating the Chinese fishing nets. Fish at night, under the stars... Relax on the lovely backwater cruise... Learn about marine livelihoods: coir, copra, clam meat processing and traditional boat carpentry. Watch coconut oil extraction, hand crafting of ayurvedic soaps, palm mat weaving, toddy tapping... Discover folk art forms being revived: Chavittunadakam, Parisamuttukali, Kolkali and Margamkali. Enjoy Thiruvathira, essentially a women's festival, a celebration of love and beauty, devotion and dance (Dec-Jan). Watch sunrise and sunset over clear blue waters... simply unforgettable!
- Airport: Kochi (65km)
- Rail link: Ernakulam Junction (15km)
On the Spot
- Home stays available with 18 host families