Thank god by the time we stepped foot in Kumbalangi Chinese Fishing Village, life in this part of Kerala has quieten down. Absolutely welcomed as a slower pace of sightseeing, more importantly, away from the crowded tourist spots for leisurely walking around, simultaneously to rest and relax our tiredness after a few hours of being blistered in the heat. Now, if you asking me whether Kumbalangi Chinese Fishing Village should be included on your Kerala itinerary, why not? It’s another Kerala beauty (Trivandrum/Kovalam - Kerala Day 3) though not my first time in a fishing village. I may not have seen it all, I sure have explored some of the fishing villages in my own country Malaysia, the elsewhere life by the sea and coming with it fish markets. I'm also certain there will be more because visits to fishing villages and fish markets are akin a must in most sightseeing packages (Negambo Sri Lanka, Damneon Saduak Floating Market, Bergen Fish Market, Cape Town & Sapporo/Hokkaido). Nevertheless, being at Kumbalangi Chinese Fishing Village was another whole new experience. Sure. I'll tell you why.
This tiny village facing the Kochi backwaters in the western part of the city is India’s first designated ecotourism village. Indeed, the first rural tourism village of the state. Naturally, its thumbs up for ecotourism (Alleppey Houseboat Overnight Stay). We basically stood around and watched the fishermen closing a deal or more out of their evening fresh catch, the petty traders trying to earn a living from tourists and locals, kids fun time and then a 365 degrees turnaround on the surrounding. That was about it for us in Kumbalangi Chinese Fishing Village, but there's other activities too. You can idle your time at the shores, or opt for the "catch and cook", of course with the guidance of the fisherman and later take the catch to the restaurants for them to cook and for you to devour in, or just go to any of the no-frill roadside eateries for a seafood meal. The other option is a boat ride though I can't say where they will take you.
Day 5 basically ended once we returned to the hotel. On the last day, being our free and easy day prior to flying back, we walked along the dust flying streets and against the vrooming traffic to find out if shopping is worth-worthy. I bought two hand printed cotton bed-sheets which eventually were thrown away. Never mind to struggling to fit on my queen size bed, they were disgustingly colour ruined upon washing. But, if you don't shop for the Himalaya products, it would have been such a waste to travelling this far to Kochi. Really, really cheap compared to in Malaysia.
By the last day also, it confirmed that Keralites have not grown out of their coconut shells. Mainly the women who wouldn’t stop slyly staring and laughing behind my back. Obviously I noticed, the question is why? You mean my knee length pants and t-shirt compared to openly revealing their layers of ugly fat belly saree style and two piece attire? Come of it women (Trivandrum - Kerala Day 4). What about the bra-less and bikini clad Western women you see? They are treated the same? Boo-hoo-hoo!! To tell you the truth, I was a little wary if they will women-handle me. Thank god. I was spared.In between the few hours of aimlessly walking up and down, we took a comfort break at Woodlands Rangoli Vegetarian Restaurant. Splendid ambiance. Nice meal. Piping hot onion bhaji teamed with tomato chutney and tamarind-mint chutney, washed down with coffee.
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Overall, I must agree that Kerala is a stunner. Food is to die for, but as I’ve said earlier, buckle up on gawking their generously loaded with coconut milk, coconut oil, cow’s milk and sugar rush delicacies. Otherwise, I don''t know what to say. Moreover, for the ladies, decent attire is never decent in Kerala, especially at temples and streets, but you shouldn't worry about proudly flaunting your rolly-polly stomach. Flaunt all you want please.
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