WHO WE ARE ?
We are a family comprising four members myself, Godson, my wife Nisha and our two little children.My wife is co-operating with me in making the homestay an unforgettable experience for our guests. As we have no preoccupations to distract our attention from our duty to our guests, our guests have never found any cause for complaint. Indeed, we are proud to say that our guests have always found us an ideal family-in-attendance, ever ready to serve our guest with a smile.
Kumbalangy is an island-village on the outskirts of Cochin city. The village is 16 km in area. Kumbalangy is 15 km from the South Railway Station kochi and 45 km from the Kochi International Airport.
Why Kumbalangi ?
In 2003 the Kerala government selected several villages as model villages. The Kumbalangy Integrated Tourism Village project is meant to transform the tiny island into a model fishing village and tourism spot. The panchayat (village council), with financial assistance from the state government, is implementing the project. The tourists sit with the host family and eat the same food. They can walk through the village, watch fishermen at work, fish themselves, go canoeing and visit the farms. Tourists also find that there is no huge communication gap, because at least one member in a family, if not all, can converse in English.
Under the Kumbalangy project, Kalagraamam, an artists' village, is also being set up. The initial plans were to erect a cottage in the middle of the backwaters. Later, the panchayat members, tourism secretary and the tourism minister all agreed that this would disturb the backwaters ecology. Kalagraamam, therefore, will now stand on four acres of land inside Kumbalangy. It will showcase the traditional fishing equipment and handicrafts of the region.
Another goal the project has is to bring the village back to a time when it was more ecologically balanced - about 25 years ago. Towards this, pokkali farming, a crop pattern that alternates between rice and fish (each for six months a year), is being brought back. Mangroves, which were once in abundance in the region, are being planted again. So far, about 50,000 mangrove saplings have been planted in the area.