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Kerala: Fish farms have become a model for ecotourism by Toby Antony March 14,2019   |  Source: The New Indian Express

When Matsyafed introduced eco-tourism projects in its fish farms in 2010, there were several doubts whether farm tourism has any potential in Kerala. However, now these fish farms have become a model before private and government entities on utilising the full potential of farm tourism in the state. Matsyafed offers eco-tourism packages at its fish farms located at Njarakkal and Malipuram in Vypeen island in Ernakulam district and Palaikari in Kottayam district. Njarakkal and Malipuram fish farms have become a popular hangout place for Kochi residents. While people from Kochi and Kottayam also visit Palaikari fish farm to enjoy the boat ride in the Vembanad lake.

“As the people do not have time to travel to Munnar and Thekkady for one-day holiday, they come to our fish farms. We have various attractions at the farm, including speed boats, pedal boats, traditional rowing boats and boats in the shape of a basket, fish jumps, kayaking, angling and cycle boats. Tourists are provided with breakfast and lunch at the bamboo hut constructed in the middle of the fish farm surrounded by water. We also have a tree house at the farm.

So the tourist coming in the morning can spend time till evening. We also provide lunch and tea here which are part of the package,” said Nisha P,

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