Things to do

For those who do not like to sleep in nature's lap Kallanchery gives you the opportunity to work with the community on all it does. You can row the country canoes, climb up the coconut trees, all this with the farmers and fishermen working in the estate. If these don't interest you, you can take up any of the activities mentioned under here.

Crab farming

Crab farming or 'NJandu krishi' is done in the estate. You can enjoy catching crabs from the natural pools and ponds that exist in the farm for the purpose. The traditional method for catching crabs is a sight to watch and study. You can master the art too.

Rowing

You can row the country canoe in these pools among the countless flying milk fishes. These fishes jump out of the water across the boat as you row on the surface. They are a sight to see.

Spread your Nets

For those of you who like to emulate and celebrate the fishing activities of local Kerala, you can try your luck with the nets.

Learn how to prepare your nets for a day out at backwaters and how to spread them. Throwing the net in the circular pattern is an art by itself. You can also devour the delicious meal from your precious catch.

Cage Fishing

Cage fishing also exists on some Scandinavian islands. In the estate though, a traditional method is used. Branches of trees are immersed in water for weeks. These offer a sweet haven for young fishes and they stay here. After many weeks, the branches are covered with a net and then they are removed. The fishes get trapped in the net. You can learn to set the trap and how to catch the fishes within.

The Chinese Fishing Net

The cheena vala is a fishing technique that originated in China and spread to Kerala. Kerala had countless trading posts all along her costs during pre-history. China was an important trading partner during those days. The cheena vala is the only existing form of stationary net fishing system in the world. At kallanchery you will find a number of them along her vast green grounds facing the backwaters.

Coir weaving

Coir manufacturing forms an important part of the local economy. Coir is in demand internationally as a geo-fabric that is used to manufacture eco-friendly carpets and mats. Coir weaving is done o specialised ruts. You can watch and try your hand eye coordination here.

Copra manufacturing

Copra is dry coconut. Every part of the coconut tree is put to some use in kerala. Her long leaf cluster is used to thatch roofs, her wood is used for making furniture, the coconut shell is used for burning, her husk is immersed in water and yields the fibers that are spun together to make coir, her scalp is used in cooking and when dried yields a cooking medium called coconut oil or 'velichenna'.

Guided / Individual tour

We have organized the above activities as Guided/FIT package mentioned below.

Itinerary

  • Arrival at Kumbalanghi/Kallanchery island and receiving with tender coconut.
  • Boat riding in the big country boat (provided with chairs and caps).
  • Visit Crab farm.
  • Watching coir yarn making.
  • Watching coconut leaves weaving.
  • Visiting the agriculture farm (about 12 acres) and see different type of plantations (coconut, betel nuts, pepper, jack fruit, nut meg, anthurium, orchids, vanilla etc.), water harvesting ponds and biogas plants.
  • Watching Chinese fishing nets.
  • Lunch at the backwater front hall. 
  • Departure.

Menu for lunch

Prawns roast, fish molly , appam, rice, vegetables (3 items), curd curry , papad, tea/coffee, baby banana , pineapple cuts & mineral water.