SUBJECT : Ever since coracles were introduced at Matsyafed Fish Farm and Aqua Tourism Centre at Njarakkal in Vypeen, there has been an increase in number of tourists to the place

Kochi, November 12, 2017: Ever since coracles were introduced at Matsyafed Fish Farm and Aqua Tourism Centre at Njarakkal in Vypeen, there has been an increase in number of tourists to the place.

"This year till September, we had about 6,000 tourists. In October alone, we had around 4,500 tourists, including foreigners," said the centre manager, Nisha P.

The place is about 14-km away from the Kochi mainland. It is surrounded by Arabian Sea in the west and Vembanad Lake in the east. The picturesque waterbodies enclosed by thick mangroves cover over 15 acres owned and maintained by the government.

The place is ecofriendly and a 'no plastic zone'.

Fish ponds in the centre had been divided into three blocks -- two among those which are deeper are being preserved for farming fish varieties such as pearl spot, milk fish and mullets apart from crabs and prawns.

"We are planning to introduce Asian tiger prawns in the other block," she said.

The entry fee to the farm is Rs 200. This includes boating, lunch and other refreshments. A miniature park for kids has also been set up. For speed boats it costs Rs 350, where trained staff would take tourists to the pond. The centre is open on all days till 5pm.

Currently, the farm has five coracles. Small bamboo huts are being set in the middle of the ponds aimed at attracting tourists, especially families.

Homely meals, including fish caught from the pond, are available at its canteen. The award-winning best self-help group, Sowparnika, is operating the canteen.

Apart from coracles, there are 10 pedal boats which tourists can row of their own for 30 minutes for Rs 200.

"Facilities offered in the fish farm are welcoming," said Rajeev, a tourist from Koratty.

"Tourists coming here give good reviews of the food served at our canteen. We are always ready to modify them according to the tastes of guests. We cook separately for foreigners. Also, there are some regular customers who exclusively come here for having food," said Thankamani, who cooks the meals.


Source: Times of India