Thanks to the gods of Kerala, by the time we stepped foot in Kumbalangi Chinese Fishing Village, life in this part of Kerala had quieten down. Absolutely appreciated as a slower pace of sightseeing welcoming gesture, more importantly, away from the crowded tourist spots for leisure at our pleasure walking. Simultaneously for resting and relaxing our tiredness after being hot sun blistered earlier. Should Kumbalangi Chinese Fishing Village be included in your Kerala itinerary? What is there to doubt. You should by right. Why not? Unless you are not a nature loving person? Kumbalangi Chinese Fishing Village mind you is definitely another Kerala nature beauty paradise albeit not my first time though in a fishing village. Seen some and seen those in my country Malaysia as well. Nevertheless. I loved my every moment of this nature embracing and coming with it life by the sea and fish catching earning a living. Sensually soothing as another new experience. Utterly. I'll tell you why.
Kumbalangi Chinese Fishing Village, a tiny village facing Kochi backwaters in the western part of the city for your information is India’s first designated ecotourism village. Indeed, the first rural tourism village of the state. All my thumbs up for ecotourism (Alleppey Houseboat Overnight Stay). Admirable allowing your mind to wonder, ponder and watching fishermen closing a deal out of their catch and also, petty traders trying to earn a living from tourists and locals, kids fun time. Plus, of course taking a broad spectrum 365 degrees turnaround on the surrounding. That's about it for us in Kumbalangi Chinese Fishing Village. You can on the other hand embark on other offered activities. Free, no, you don't have to pay for idling your time at the shore, or how about paying for fishing your own fish, guided by the fishermen, thereafter your catch chunked into a meal for your Kerala cuisine tucking in the restaurants. If fishing is not your travelling game changer, nothing can still stop you from entering any of the no-frill roadside eateries for a seafood meal. Boat ride additional is part and parcel of Kumbalangi Chinese Fishing Village sightseeing, though I cant't tell you how far further sea you will explore.
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 the walk along the busy, dusty and chaotic traffic Cochin street. in search of some shopping. 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 after washing. What is return sincerely Cochin shopping worthy? Himalaya brand. Cheap. You better buy if you are a Himalaya brand worshipper.
By this last day too, I figured out that Keralites are living under their Kerala trees coconut husk and shells. Mainly the women who wouldn’t stop slyly staring, laughing and giggling at the back and in front of me. 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 bellies 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!! Honestly, inside me, I was concern if even the men will clobber me. Luckily, nothing of that sort.In between the few hours of aimlessly walking up and down, a comfort break took place in Woodlands Rangoli Vegetarian Restaurant. Splendid ambiance. Nice meal. Piping hot onion bhaji teamed alongside tomato chutney and tamarind-mint chutney, washed down by coffee.